Berries are nutritional powerhouses whether they are eaten fresh, frozen or dried. They are rich in antioxidants that improve your health, protect your skin and hair and help your body fight against diseases. Not only are they nutritious they are sweet, juicy and delicious. If you're looking for some fun things to do for the whole family this Summer, then fruit picking is an extremely popular and family-friendly activity.
Picking berries is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors, soak up some sun and stay active. Berries –no matter blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries or strawberries they are vivid in colour. They typically contrast to their green leafy backgrounds making them visible and attractive. These small edible fruits are usually bright in colour, juicy, round or semi-oblong, sweet or sour, and does not have a stone or pit.
If you're new to berry picking don't stress! Pickers usually bring their own picking containers to hold their fruit but some places will provide containers for you. Always wear covered and comfortable shoes such as runners, hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun.
When is picking season? Generally, the berry season starts around December and finishes at the end of February or early March. It also depends on the weather so it is important to call ahead to check for availability and opening times as each farm is different, some may even require bookings during the weekdays. Now you've got all the information that you need, start planning your Summer holidays now!
There are many berry farms around Victoria, here are 10 berry farms for you and the family to visit during the Summer.
Buninyong Blueberry Farm
View of the Buninyong Blueberry Farm Source: buninyongblueberries.com.au
Buninyong Blueberry Farm is one of the earliest blueberry farms in Victoria. Established in 1982, it is one of the specialist growers of five varieties of blueberries. Including the Northern Highbush, Denise, Bluecrop, Bluerose and the Brigitta variety. There are also fresh and frozen berries for sale.
The Blue Hills Berries and Cherries Farm is a family owned and operated farm. The Chapman family have farmed in Silvan since 1894 and are well known for their quality fresh and frozen fruit. They have become a popular farm for Upick local and international visitors. It is about 20 minutes from Puffing Billy and the famous wineries in Yarra Valley, you can also relax with a family BBQ at the nearby Silvan Reservoir.
Don't forget to visit the Berry Lane Cafe too, their menu includes delicious, freshly made items including ice-cream with berry toppings, berry shakes, muffins, devonshire tea, hot and cold drinks and many more.
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is a popular destination for visitors who are travelling around the mornington peninsula. It is a family-friendly farm that is committed to sustainable practices that conserve the local environment, reducing agricultural chemicals and the employing strict food safety standards.
Sunny Ridge is best known for their fresh, top quality strawberries available for upick. They also a variety of groumet products, jams and syrups, fresh and frozen strawberries, honey, ice-cream and sorbet and hand crafted goods for sale. A must visit is their dessert cafe featuring fresh Sunny Ridge strawberries, farm made strawberry ice cream and sorbet, strawberry pancakes, Belgian chocolate fondue, vanilla bean panna cotta with strawberries and many more.
Kinglake Raspberries is a 25 hectare raspberry farm nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, north-east of Melbourne. They specialise in raspberries for upick or wholesale. There is also a great variety of berry jams and sauces made with more fruit and less sugar which makes them extra healthy, sweet and delicious to eat with your muffins or crumpets for breakfast. Other products for sale include fruit cordials, raspberry fruit vinegars, frozen and fresh raspberries and other yummy treats.
Gentle Annie Berry Gardens is situated in the picturesque Pennyroyal Valley about 20 minutes drive from Lorne and 40 minutes from Geelong. The farm uses organic practices to produce an extensive variety of fresh fruits including raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, red & black currant, silvanberries, loganberries, boysenberries, marionberries, thornless blackberries, apples, nashi pears, plums, apricots, blueberries and many more. Not to mention the farmhouse cafe on site that serves up delicious panacakes, cakes, fresh coffee, devonshire teas, berry sorbets and their famous berry pie.
Not only does the Hillbilly Farms Estate have upick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries on site, they also have a delicious range of fresh organic produce including 100% pure Australian honey, a variety of jams available year round, organic eggs and many more.
High Grove is situated on the picturesque sloping hills of the Stanley plateau in north-east Victoria. The area is known for the cooler climate and is a well known fruit-growing region. An extensive range of berries are grown and available for upick including raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries, American brambleberries, thornless blackberries, black currants, red currants, cherries, waldo berries and many new varieties are planted all the time.
There is onsite car parking, tables and seats for a picnic, pubilc toilets and also a kiosk stocked with delicious berry sorbet, ice-creams, cold drinks, tea and coffee, sweets, jams and tasty muffins.
Address: Mt. Stanley Road, Stanley VIC
Contact: 5728 6526
Folly Farm U-Pick Blueberries
Folly Farm planted their first highbush blueberries in 1982, they are situated in Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. It is a great place to stop by if you happen to be around the area or planning a day trip up in Mt. Dandenong. Due to the rich soils, long winters and cool summers of the mountains, they are able to produce exceptional blueberries.
Nestled high in Gippsland's Strzelecki Ranges, Sunny Creek Organic Berry Farm uses environmentally sustainable practices to produce a wide assortment of fruit and berries. Over the years this includes over a hundred varieties of berries -40 kinds of raspberries alone, in many colours of red, black, golden, pink and purple. Other varieties in include strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, feijoas, gooseberries, currants, apples, persimmons, chestnuts and more.
There is also other products for sale including jams, jellies, toppings, cordial, vinegar and even sauces.
I love the helpful recommendations on this site and can think of only one improvement: could you please add either the name of the suburb to each event or provide a map of where all the berry farms are, for example, so that I can instantly identify which links I should explore further?
we live down the road and around the corner from Herbert Hill Berry Farm, it was a first to visit. I was hoping for raspberries too, but wasn't disappointed with our haul. It's free, and cost us $12 for 1.2kgs. Must've eaten quite a few also! I made a mixed berry jam later that day which yielded I large and 1 med jars. Bloody beautiful if I may say so. :)