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Gentle Annie Berry Farm

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by Tarryn Guttenberg (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published January 24th 2013
Gentle Annie Berry Farm is a super sweet, 'just like Grandma's back garden' fruit and berry picking - working farm.

Gentle Annie Berry farm
Gentle Annie Berry farm (Writers own photo)

The country cottage style set up is relaxing and stimulating with wonderful colours of the fruit and berry brambles, trees and garden framed by the decorative restaurant and factory.

The berry picking itself is seasonal and runs from November through to April. It's best to check the website to see what berries are in season and at what time of year. The cafe itself and shop full of home-made delights is however open for business even when no berries are available.

Gentle Annie farm house cafe
Gentle Annie farm house (Writers own photo)

The licensed restaurant / cafe in the old-style farmhouse serves delicious lunches with the organic produce from the garden as well as being locally sourced. Annie's also offers devonshire teas and other home made baked goods including cakes, berry sorbets, fruit juices and a variety of home-made preserves.

Gentle Annie farm house cafe
Gentle Annie farm house (Writers own photo)

The main reason for my visit however was freshly picked berries. On arrival you simply notify the staff, select a wicker basket and head out to the brambles (or the area advised to you as the 'best picking') by the staff.

Mmm berries
Mmm berries (Writers own photo)

Our visit fell in Mid January of this year and as such the best picks were in the brambles including Logan berries, Silvan berries, Marionberries, and some of the last raspberries of the season. The berries are unusual in name but can be likened to blackberries and mulberries with the sweeter berries appearing darker blue in colour and more tart berries being red.

Gentle Annie Berry farm
The berry brambles (Writers own photo)

It was such a relaxing experience being in the great outdoors, picking berries and listening to the Kookaburras having long conversations. Time flies in such a peaceful environment and my friend and I truly enjoyed the day.

Gentle Annie berry farm
So many choices @ Gentle Annie berry farm (Writers own photo)

We got a substantial haul and paid $10 (the price being $15 per kg) and enjoyed them over a few days mixed with greek yoghurt for snacks and porridge during breakfast.

Gentle Annie Berry farm
Berry picking in action (Writers own photo)

A wonderful fun day for couples, friends or families. Pick your own berries, enjoy a bite at the lovely cafe and enjoy the great outdoors. But do please wear sunscreen as there is no cover in the brambles and gardens.
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Why? Pick your own fruit, enjoy home baked goods and sample fresh made jams
When: Open November thru April - 10am-5pm. 7 days in Dec-Jan. Closed Tuesdays in Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr. Closed Christmas Day.
Phone: (03) 5236 3391
Where: 5520 Pennyroyal Valley Rd, Pennyroyal, Victoria
Cost: Free entry - berries between $15 & $20 kg - varies
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loves berries, all kinds! nice article!
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