New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
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.
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.
Check out today's apple varieties as you drive in.
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.