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Kerrisons Apple Orchard

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published June 13th 2015
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" this winter
Only 7 kilometres from the CBD is Pialligo, a suburb by the airport that has a road full of plant nurseries (two with cafes), pot shops, landscaping supplies, a pig on a spit food caravan, horses, alpacas and fruit orchards.

Beltana Road has a lot to offer, where you can see working farms minutes from the city. As you drive in you find "Kerrisons Orchard" on the left. From the road you can see rows of apple trees with their protective nets over the top, glinting in the sun. The occasional peacock wanders through the orchards, or across the road, so it is best to slow down as you drive up the driveway.

Kerrisons apple orchard, Pialligo
The entrance to the apple orchards...

Kerrisons orchards, Pialligo
Drive up the driveway to park - there is plenty of parking at the end near the apple stall.

The Kerrison family bought the orchard in 1973, over 40 years ago. They sell only fresh apples direct to the public which have been picked within a couple of days. As you drive into the driveway, their sign tells you what variety they are growing and selling at that time. They are only open in apple growing season, so they open in February for the early varieties, and close at the end of June, or shortly thereafter, with the later season varieties. At the time of writing, they are growing and selling Pink Lady and Granny Smith and judging by the number of cars pulling in, they are two favourites.

Kerrisons orchard, Pialligo
Check out today's apple varieties as you drive in.

Kerrisons orchard, Pialligo
Market stall at the end of the driveway.

They sell apples by the kilo if you only want a small amount - when I was there Pink Ladies were $5 a kilo. They also sell apples already bagged (all priced, approximately $12).

If you have kids, it is a great way to show them how apples grow and to taste a freshly picked apple - so much juicier than the supermarket ones. Our daughter Miss Four, with apple juice running down her chin, declared that this was the only place we should ever buy apples again.

Pink Lady apples, Kerrisons Apples, Pialligo
Pink Lady Orchard

Granny Smith Orchard, Pialligo, Kerrisons Orchard
Granny Smith Orchard

At different times of the season you may be able to find other orchards open for the public to buy from as well, so keep driving down the road to see what other fruit stalls and orchards are open.

With all the winter lurgies around in Canberra, "Kerrisons Orchard" is the ideal Winter destination. The old saying "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" must have originated from somewhere!

Kerrisons apple orchard, Pialligo, Canberra
You can't get any fresher than here.

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Why? Fresh apples straight from the tree, minutes from Canberra's CBD.
When: Open daily 9:30am - 5:30pm, Feb - June.
Phone: 02 6257 4460
Where: 5 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, ACT,2609
Cost: Apples start from $5/kilo, but would vary by variety and year.
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