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Published November 15th 2014
Cherries: Pick your own or buy pre-picked, but get in quick
It is time to rejoice - the cherries have arrived in the Adelaide Hills. And with perfect winter and spring weather, cherry lovers are in for a spectacular season as the crops ripen and find their way to the shed door.

Cherries - Steve Hudson

Eat fresh and buy local is the catchcry of all fresh food producers in the Adelaide Hills, and Cherries SA is also onboard with this theme. To help us all experience the pleasure of sampling and buying cherries from the shed doors, Cherries SA, representing the Cherry Growers Association of South Australia, have produced the 9th edition of their popular Cherry Map, the essential cherry lover's guide.

Ripening Cherries - Steve Hudson

Cherry farms are scattered throughout the Adelaide Hills, primarily in the areas that experience cool winter days, the perfect breeding conditions for cherries. The four main cherry growing areas are :

Gumeracha and Kersbrook
Norton Summit, Ashton and Uraidla
Forest Range, Lenswood and Lobethal

There are also a couple of cherry farms near Hahndorf, Echunga and Willunga.

Cherry Sales
Cherry Sales - Steve Hudson

Of the 26 Cherry farms listed in the Cherry Map, 16 of them have shed door sales from November to January, 5 of them allow you to "pick your own" cherries, while 5 of them have both activities covered. Marble Hill Cherries, located at Ashton, is open December and January, and is the closest "pick your own" cherry farm to the City.

Most of the cherry farms that have shed door sales also sell other cherry or fruit related products in addition to fresh cherries, so be sure to pop in for some last minute gift ideas or even just an cherry pie or crumble for dessert tonight.

Marble Hill Cherries
Marble Hill Cherries - Steve Hudson

Montacute Valley Orchards

Located on Institute Road at Montacute, this shed door is open from November to March. The first part of summer features cherries, strawberries, fruit ice cream and cherry pies, while later in summer the other stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums) become available. Montacute Valley Orchards is open from 9am to 6pm 7 days a week.

With a range of "early sweet" cherries available until mid-November, followed by the more regular merchant and Christmas cherries, this Orchard will be very popular during the season.

Montacute Valley Orchards
Montacute Valley Orchards - Steve Hudson

Montacute Valley Orchards
Shed Door Sales - Steve Hudson

Torrens Valley Orchards

Torrens Valley Orchards is open from 7am to 6pm 7 days a week from November to January. In addition to cherries, pies and jams, weekday visitors to this Orchard can see South Australia's largest cherry growing and packing operation in action getting cherries ready for export, local distribution and shed sales.

Torrens Valley Orchards
Now Open - Steve Hudson

Torrens Valley Orchards
Fresh Cherries - Steve Hudson

Kenton Valley Cherries

At Kenton Valley Cherries, the Cherry Shed Café is open from 9am to 5pm 7 days a week during December and January, while being open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays during October, November and February. The café serves a bunch of delicious treats including :
Homemade gourmet cherry products
Espresso coffee
Delectable desserts
Devonshire tea
Cherry Pies / Crumbles
Fresh cherries (during December and January)

Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries - Steve Hudson

Kenton Valley Cherries
Cherry Jam - Steve Hudson

As cherries are a delicate fruit that requires handpicking, they may not also be available every day to inclement or extreme weather conditions, or the fast/slow ripening of the fruit. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended to call ahead to the grower, or to check their individual website for product stocks and opening times.

Further general details are available from the Cherries SA Website or their facebook page.

Little known fact : There are no cherry farms at either Cherryville or Cherry Gardens.
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Why? They are so good for you
When: November - January
Where: Adelaide Hills
Cost: Free to visit
Your Comment
Yum! Thanks Steve for all the locations to find cherries.
by Jenny Prior (score: 3|4270) 3000 days ago
Hi. Just a correction.
Yes there ARE cherry orchards in CHERRYVILLE. Just because they are not listed on the map it doesn't mean there aren't any.
You are correct concerning CHERRY GARDENS though.
by asfla (score: 0|2) 2998 days ago
Yes there are cherry orchards in Cherryville.
by asfla (score: 0|2) 2998 days ago
There are some good cherries in the first shed on Old Norton Summit Road just before the uphill.
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 2992 days ago
Great story Thanks Steve! This would be a fun thing for overseas visitors to do. I have never been cherry picking. You have tempted me to have a visit!
by Kat May (score: 3|1442) 2986 days ago
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