There is nothing quite like fresh fruit, so why not bypass the supermarket and head to an orchard to pick your own. Unfortunately there aren't too many fruit trees growing around the CBD, but about an hours drive from the city you'll be able to choose from apples, peaches, mandarins and so much more. We've got a few places worth checking out, but we want readers' opinions on the best places to pick your own fruit around Sydney.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl is about an hour and a half from the city centre. They run the Adopt a Fruit Tree program. For $132 a year you can 'adopt' a peach or apple tree, you don't have to worry about tending or fertilising your tree, but when it comes into season you can head out to the orchard and pick all the fresh fruit you want. An adopted tree can be a great present, and it is also an opportunity to support Australian fruit growers. Why not get together a group in your community to adopt a tree, and then share the fruit when it is ready to pick. Bilpin Fruit Bowl also operate a shop where you can buy pre-picked fruit, as well as apple, peach, and berry pies, among other things.
Pine Crest Orchard is also in Bilpin, and they grow apples, peaches, and plums. You can buy a range of fresh produce, but it won't be half as fun as picking some yourself. The peaches and plums come into season around December, and from around January apples are ready. The orchards also make a gorgeous place to just walk through and explore.
If you're more a fan of citrus fits, then Ford's Farm at Wisemans Ferry is a great place to go. They specialise in mandarins, so you'll be able to fill your basket with satsuma, imperial, emperor, and hickson mandarins. There are other citrus varieties available, including Tahitian and Kaffir limes, lemons, and cumquats. Unlike most other fruits, citrus fruits are harvested in the cooler months, so Ford's Farm usually opens for business at the end of May or the beginning of June. There are plenty of other ways to have fun at the farm, like having a picnic with the family, or feeding some of the sheep.
So let us know your favourite place for picking fresh fruit, whether it is in summer or winter. There are plenty of other farms out there that offer great deals if you go out and pick your own, we just need your help to find them all. Perhaps we've already named your favourite, or you know of a real gem that is just waiting to be shared.
The Hawkesbury is the best place to pick fruit and vegetables. Only a short drive out of Sydney and you are in the Hawkesbury go onto the Hawkesbury Harvest website www.hawkesburyharvest.com.au/ to see what is available each time you want to visit. Also don't forget to visit the local restaurants who use local produce.
By janic - reader Friday, 7th of October @ 01:54 am
By Jackie C - senior reviewer Tuesday, 4th of October @ 04:43 am
riverwood and revesby area keep your eyes open and you will see along many roads there are lime lemon mango pears plums mandarins oranges and some people have an array of herbs in front lawns happy hunting
By Anonymous Friday, 28th of October @ 02:02 am
TCP Farmgate Tours take you to orchards where you can pick your own fruit. They also stop at roadside stalls where you can buy fruit and veges direct from the farmer. The minibus picks you up at Penrith and has five different areas that they can visit. Some other stops include morning tea at an organic farm, nursery specialising in potted herbs for apartments, honey producers. The tours operate every Friday
By Anonymous Monday, 20th of February @ 11:08 am
Over the past 18 months I have been to a number of roadside fresh fruit places that sell their own produce, and in every case the stuff on sale was obviously the stuff that they couldn't sell commercially. It was old, stale and poor quality so my tip is to make sure you can pick yourself. Avoid the stuff they put out front for direct sale unless they'll let you taste test first. Used to be able to pick the most magnificent apples around Galston/Dural but doubt any of these still exist.
By john5 - reader Tuesday, 4th of October @ 04:53 am
Try Penrith Valley Oranges at Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh for fantastic oranges that you can pick off the tree. The season may be over, but a good one to remember for next season.
By Jangk - reader Tuesday, 4th of October @ 07:22 pm
There are several Mulberry trees on the Nepean River at the northern end of Tench Reserve for the picking.
By Jangk - reader Tuesday, 4th of October @ 07:24 pm
Cheltenham has a mulberry tree on the railway bridge where you can pick for free.
By Cornelia Deller - senior reviewer Monday, 24th of October @ 04:24 am
By brad3 - reader Tuesday, 7th of August @ 06:27 am
Walk around the bay run in Balmain. It is amazing and the fresh air is awesome
By Anonymous Monday, 1st of October @ 04:37 am
By Anonymous Tuesday, 25th of December @ 05:37 am
Pinecrest fruit picking @ Bilden (Blue mountain area)
By kyria - reader Wednesday, 16th of January @ 11:32 pm
hey i know a place...WOLLIES!!! hahaha
By Anonymous Saturday, 2nd of March @ 04:55 am
I agree Ford's farm was a great place to pick mandarins. An amazing setting and the staff very helpful. Not only did we come home with 5 kg of the most delious mandarins but also a jar of lemon butter they make at the farm
By Bsrog - reader Wednesday, 29th of January @ 06:53 am