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10 Cherry Farms to Visit in SA

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Published November 27th 2020
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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 814D Montacute Rd, Montacute
At Lennane, you can pick your own on weekend "Picking Experience" sessions, to eat on the farm. Buy pre-picked cherries, raspberries, apricots, plums and lemons to take home, and refresh in the cafe with fresh ice cream, blended with vanilla, and cherries, strawberries and raspberries from the orchard.

Cherries are ripe 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. Call (08) 8390 2271 or check Facebook for updates and to book a picking session.

Martin Hill Cherries 309 Martin Hill Rd, Forreston
After the Boxing Day sales, pick your own or buy boxed cherries and rhubarb at a small family orchard in the Hills.

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.

Contact Martin Hill on (08) 8389 1118 or visit Facebook.

Kersbrook Cherry Farm 1718 South Para Road, Kersbrook
Pick white and dark cherries at the family owned and operated cherry and pear farm from late November until mid-December.

Celebrate your harvest on a tour of the Australia's best wines in the nearby 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.

Contact Kersbrook Cherry Farm on (08) 8389 2231 or Facebook..

Plummers Border Valley Orchards - 32 Plummers Road, Forest Range.
It's child's play to pick the low hanging fruit at Plummers. The cherry trees are heavy with Bing, Summit, Lapins, Van, Simone, Sir Hans, Stella, Sir Douglas varieties.

Visit the How to Find Us page for season updates.

Take a short drive southeast to Melba's Chocolate Factory in Woodside for chocolate to go with your cherries. Experience the wonder of a chocolate waterfall at the enrobing machine, before the sweet treats are set in the cooling tunnel.

Watch a preview:

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Melba's Chocolate Factory .

Contact Plummers Border Valley Orchards on 0407 716 929 or email.

Harrisville Orchards 72 Harris Road, Lenswood.
Pick or buy cherries from the only commercial grower in the Hills.

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

For season updates, contact Harrisville Orchards on 0407 427 747 or visit Facebook.

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

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

Figs, plums and prunes are also growing on the farm.

Contact BP Organic Cherry Farm on (08) 8389 8222 or check Facebook for updates.

Fleurieu Cherries 159 Pages Flat Road, Pages Flat
For over 25 years, the orchards at Fleurieu have produced premium cherries, grown with organic fertilisers and seaweed. Pick or buy 20 varieties of cherries, including the giant Glacier and white-fleshed Dame Nancy.

Check the pick-your-own page to plan your picking session.

Buy cherry jams, liqueur and ice cream at the farm store.

Contact Fleurieu Cherries on (08) 8556 1314 or visit Facebook.

Marble Hill Cherries 25 Marble Hill Road, Ashton.
Atop the Mount Lofty Ranges, pick-your-own cherries, stay cool with cherry and vanilla ice cream, and nibble on gingerbread koalas.

Since 2002, visitors have picked their own at the orchard in Ashton.

Drive northeast to visit Marble Hill. Former state governors spent their summers at the Victorian Gothic Revival style residence, but in 1955, the Black Sunday bushfires destroyed the home. After decades of restoration work, it's now open to visitors.

Book a PYO session.

For more details, visit Marble Hill Cherries or email.

Cherries at Verdun 152 Beaumont Road, Balhannah
Only 15 minutes south of Adelaide, 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.

Continue south to visit Hahndorf, our oldest surviving German settlement, Heysen the Cedars, the heritage home and artist's studio, and Beerenberg Strawberry Farm.

The small entry fee is donated to research for BPAN, a rare, terminal neurological disease.

Contact Verdun on (08) 8388 7048 or on Facebook .

Cherrytime Orchard 1917 Lobethal St, Lobethal
For many years, you could visit Cherrytime to pick-your-own or buy pre-picked cherries. Days before Christmas in 2019, the Cudlee Creek Fire destroyed the cherry orchard. This family-run farm is recovering.

Support their recovery and pencil them into your calendar to visit in 2021.

Contact the Cherrytime Orchard on (08) 8389 6902 or visit Facebook.

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 plump cherries, ripe for the picking? 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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