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10 Cherry Farms to Visit in NSW

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Published October 25th 2018
Keep Calm and Pick Cherries
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Fresh cherries - a highlight in summer for kids of all ages (by Hillside Orchard and Craft Centre)

Summer picnic tables aren't complete bowl of freshly chilled cherries as the centrepiece, enjoyed with cheese and crackers or ice-cream and cake.

Starting in November, head west on a day trip or weekend holiday to the Blue Mountains to claim your share. Pick your own cherries during honest farm work without the backpacker tax. Pick the cherry trees clean before swarms of tourists discover the orchards of sweet stonefruit.

Cherries are one of our healthiest superfoods, with the deep red skin and flesh rich in antioxidants and flavinoids, fight those dastardly free radicals. The tart or sour taste of Morello cherries, popular in jams and preserves, also pack a of anthocyanin, thought to aid arthritis and gout sufferers.

Picking Your Own (PYO) is easy hold the base of the stalk, nearest to the branch, between your thumb and first finger, then gently twist for a clean break. Choose fruit glowing with colour and with shiny, firm skin and bright green stems.

Once picked, keep them cool, ideally in the covered box supplied by the orchard or in an esky.

For a recipe ingredient, cherries make for excellent jam once you've pitted the fruit. Hosting a dinner party? You can add cherries to each dish, with cherry quinoa salad for starters, Moroccan Cherry Lamb for main course then finishing with Black Forest trifle or cherry cake with cinnamon for dessert.

Plan your visit to include the National Cherry Festival in Young on the first weekend in December 2018.
During the annual event, activities include pie eating, pip spitting, young rodeo, a street parade, orchard tours and live music. Plan you visit to the National Cherry Festival and the orchards in Young.

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Cherries ripe for the picking (by Main Range Cherry Orchard)

Begin the Pick Your Own adventure one of these 10 cherry farms in the Bathurst, Orange, Cowra and Young regions of New South Wales.

Allambie Orchard On Olympic Highway in Wombat
3 hours west of Sydney, just south of Young, you can pick 20 different varieties of cherries.

Choose from Supremes, Eagles and Empress in mid-November, Vista, Black Star and white cherries in early-mid December and Lapins, sour cherries and Stella in the last weeks of the season in late December and early January.

The first weekend in December, in the middle of the peak season, is the perfect time to visit.

During the season, Allambie Orchard open for picking 7 days a week from 8am 6pm.

Contact Allambie Orchard on (02) 63 843 243 or via email. You can also check their Facebook page for updates.

Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door On Olympic Highway South, in Young
You'll find cherries but also plums and apricots to fill pick-your-own punnets and boxes

Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door sells all things cherry, including cherry ice cream, pies, sauces, dessert wines and jams. For a lesson in the kitchen and garden, join the cherry pie baking classes and tours of their blossom gardens.

The grapevines produce award-winning wine, including a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ballinaclash Orchard open 7 days during the season, starting in mid-November.

Contact them at 0418271770, email or Facebook.

Bit o' Heaven PYO Cherry Orchard At Fontenoy Road, Young
You can also PYO plums and grapes in December. They open again for another plum and grape PYO season in February and March. Contact them on (02) 6384 3353.

Cherry Hill South Orchard On Cowra Road, Young
Just south of Cowra, the season for cherry picking runs throughout November and December. Contact them on (02) 6382 2513.

Gleann Mohr Farm At 4249 Olympic Highway, Young
You can also pick strawberries and peaches during December and January.

Sample local farm-fresh eggs and honey or treat yourself to fruity homemade jams and pies in the farm store.

Gleann Mohr opens 7 days a week from 9am. You can contact them on 0438 593 423 or via email.

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Cherries ripe for the eating (by Main Range Cherry Orchard)

Hillside Orchard and Craft Centre On 1209 The Escort Way in Borenore
In the Orange District, you can PYO cherries in November and December.

Their trees picked clean by Christmas but pickers can grab apricots, blackberries, boysenberries, nectarines, peaches and plums in January and February.

In autumn, pick the lunchbox staples apples and pears.

The Hillside Orchard and Craft Centre store has the classic country grocer feel. It's a large tin shed with wooden shelves lining the walls containing fruit, jams and preserves. In the refrigerators and stacked on wooden crates, fresh veges, eggs and oils are available.

Contact them on (02) 6365 2247 or on Facebook.

Lavender Hill Since 1997, just over 9km north of Young
On Shirrenden Hill Rd, Lavender Hill has grown up to 9 different varieties of cherries for pickers, including the tart Samba, sweet Regina and dark, easy to pit, perfect-for-jam, Supremes.

During the season, from early November until Christmas, you can also cheat, buying pre-picked fruit in 2 or 5kg boxes.

Year-round, you can holiday on a farmstay in the cabins or in your own caravan. Contact Graham on 0427 827 262 or via email.

Lynton Orchards On the corner of Roberts Rd and Olympic Hwy
Approximately 6km south of Young, Lynton grows a range of stonefruit for PYO enthusiasts, including apricots, nectarines and plums.

The orchards are lined with long rows of cherry blossoms, in a field of glowing whites and pinks stretching to the horizon.

In the grocery store, beneath 'Waitawhile Rd', stock up on honey, free-range eggs, boxes of cherries and Janerik green plums, fibre-rich and very sour.

Contact Lynton Orchards on 0405 555 145, via email or Facebook, where they post regular photo updates on the flowering cherry trees.

Main Range Cherry Orchard On 831 Boundary Rd, Young
You can PYO cherries, filling the 5kg buckets before slipping them into an esky for cool storage on the drive home.

During the season, ending in December, you can pick from 8am-5pm on weekends. Be quick though - during last session, trees were picked clean by mid-December.

Entry is free and each kilo costs only $7.50. You can also tour with the owners, learning the secrets from the picking and packing experts.

If you get a taste for picking, make a career change to work in the orchard, either picking or packing cherries for sale.

Contact Main Range on 6384 3285, on Facebook or via email.

Stockman's Ridge After expanding at 2160 Limekilns Rd, Bathurst
Stockman's Ridge PYO orchard blossoms with new varieties this season, boosting the crop with a quadrupling of trees in the orchard.

Pick your fill for $10/kg. Stockman's also serves award-winning wines, including a Rider Shiraz, from the cellar, hosts weddings and functions.

After a day in the fields and cellar, rest on a farm stay in the Swagman Homestead.

Contact Stockman's Ridge on (02) 6365 6212 or via email.

Where have you found the sweetest (or sourest) cherries? Please let us know with a comment.

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Why? For fresh summer stonefruit
When: During summer
Where: West of the Blue Mountains
Cost: At wholesale/farm prices
Your Comment
Thanks Barry for sharing that, I have been wanting to go fruit picking for some time and this has given me some ideas to look into now.
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1137 days ago
Please share where to PYO lychee and longnan in Sydney
by mjng (score: 0|4) 1134 days ago
Great article but all of these places seem to have closed before Christmas...
by talin (score: 0|6) 1133 days ago
Price too high
by igzem (score: 0|8) 852 days ago
A little late posting this article - cherries are just about finished for the season!
by pauli (score: 1|20) 1136 days ago
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