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10 Cherry Farms to Visit in SA

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Published October 25th 2018
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Cherries ripe for the picking (by Marble Hill Cherries)

One of summer's delights is sweet stonefruit. The juicy flavours of apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums join cherries as a guilt-free pleasure during our hottest months. In the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills, only an hour east of the city, over 20 farms open up to the public. We're invited to pick our own cherries or choose a pre-picked box or bag of their freshest to take home.

Cherries are an original superfood. The vitamin A and antioxidant levels may help balance blood sugar, improve sleep, and ease diabetes symptoms. Cherries can also reduce inflammation, to battle memory loss, gout and arthritis.

In South Australia's cherry farms, the Pick Your Own season runs from November to January. There may be a small entry fee at some farms, but this should include a taste test to find your favourite variety.

At each farm and region, look out for the choices ripe for picking as these vary when conditions change. You should find dozens to choose from, including Lapin, Sweetheart, Merchant and Van. The white cherry is a local favourite.

Pick cherries as they ripen, when the skin is firm and shiny and the stem is a glowing green. Rinse cherries and remove the stems just before eating, storing them in the fridge until ready. You can also wash and dry the cherries to freeze them in airtight containers for a year-round treat.

Choose cherries over strawberries and blueberries for a sweet accompaniment to cheese and cracker platters and chocolate desserts.

Pick the perfect cherry at one of these 10 farms in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula:

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Cherries ripe for the eating (by Unsplash / Public Domain)

Lennane Orchards – At 814D Montacute Rd, Montacute.
You can also pick raspberries, lemons or buy pre-picked cherries and fresh ice creams in the café.
Cherries are ready for picking from the first week in November.

If you're arriving from Adelaide, take a short detour south on Norton Rd before reaching the orchards to visit the walking trails and tumbling waterfall at Morialta Falls.

Lennane Orchards are open from 9am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Contact them on (08) 8390 2271 or check the Facebook page for updates.

Martin Hill Cherries – At 309 Martin Hill Rd, Forreston in the Gumeracha region
Pick your own or buy boxed cherries and rhubarb after the Boxing Day sales begin.

Take a short drive south on Warren Rd to goggle at over 300 classic vehicles in the National Motor Museum in Birdwood or the world's biggest rocking horse in Gumeracha.

Martin Hill is open from 8am – 7pm every day. Contact them on (08) 8389 1118 or visit their Facebook page.

Kersbrook Cherry Farm – At 1718 South Para Rd in the Kersbrook region
Pick white and dark cherries buy a box from late November until mid-December.

Nearby, visit wineries in the Barossa. No mobile phone reception? Try the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir in Williamstown. The curved dam wall and steep drop creates a parabola, projecting your voice over 140 metres.

Kersbrook Cherry Farm opens daily from 9am – 5pm. Contact the farm on (08) 8389 2231.

Plummers Border Valley Orchards at 32 Plummers Rd, Forest Range.
Pick your own, choosing from 10 varieties.. The orchards open from December to mid-January from 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

Combine your cherry harvest with chocolate via a drive south-east on the B34 to Melba's Chocolate Factory .

Contact Plummers Border Valley Orchards on 0407 716 929 or visit the .

Harrisville Orchards – At 72 Harris Rd, Lenswood.
Pick or buy cherries during the season, starting in mid-November until early January.

In May, pick award-winning pink lady apples. Stay cool with fresh, chilled apple and cherry juice.

The Orchards open 9am – 5.30pm, Monday - Saturday.

Contact the Harrisville Orchards on 0407 427 747 or visit the Facebook page.

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Smile as you score a batch of pick your own cherries (by Fleurieu Cherries)

BP Organic Cherry Farm – At 437 Mawson Rd, Lenswood
You can pick organic white, sour and red cherries or buy a box or bag of pre-picked cherries.

They also grow figs, plums and prunes.

BP Organic Cherry Farm open from 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week, including Christmas Day. Contact them on (08) 8389 8222 or check the Facebook page.

Cherrytime Orchard – At 1917 Lobethal St, Lobethal.
Pick-your-own or buy pre-picked cherries. Open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Contact the Cherrytime Orchard on (08) 8389 6902 or visit the Facebook page.

Fleurieu Cherries – At 159 Pages Flat Rd, Pages Flat
You pick or buy 20 varieties of picked cherries. The shop sells cherry jams, liqueur and ice cream.

Celebrate your harvest with chocolate and a wine tasting at the cellar.

Fleurieu Cherries opens from 9am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Contact them on (08) 8556 1314 or visit the Facebook page.

Marble Hill Cherries – At 25 Marble Hill Rd, Ashton.
Pick-your-own cherries then browse the selection of ice cream, jam and vinegar.

Visit on the weekend for a barbecue. Marble Hill opens for picking in December until early January from 9am – 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday but closes on Boxing Day.

Drive north-east of the farm for the historic Marble Hill Ruins during an open day or sip from the winery open days and a winery. Contact the farm on (08) 8390 0327 or visit the website.

Cherries at Verdun – At Beaumont Rd, Verdunin the Balhannah region.
Established in 1847, the general public can now pick their own at this family owned historic farm. The season runs from December to early January, open daily from 9am – 5pm.

Just a short drive south, visit Hahndorf, our oldest surviving German settlement, Heysen the Cedars, the heritage home and artist's studio, and Beerenberg Strawberry Farm.

Contact the Cherries at Verdun on (08) 8388 7048 or visit the Facebook page.

To find your way, the Cherry Growers Association of South Australia has a Fresh Cherries smartphone app with a map to each farm. The website has recipes, health and storage tips.

Where have you found the consummate cherry? Please let us know with a comment.

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Why? For fresh summer stonefruit
When: During summer
Where: Only 1 hour from Adelaide
Cost: At wholesale/farm prices
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We picked absolutely delicious cherries last December at Lennane Orchards.
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