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by Vanessa ★ (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.

The popular 'Open Farm Day' returns on Sunday, 2nd April more than 18 farms and local producers across Nillumbik, Whittlesea and the Kinglake Ranges opening their gates!

This is your chance to visit working farms, meet local farmers and discover more about local farming, including alpacas, wine production and fresh produce such as apples and citrus.

You are welcome to follow the trail, or just visit the farms that are of interest to you. The farmers will be happy to talk to you about what it is like to farm on the urban fringe and there will be some fresh produce to sample, as well as activities to participate in at selected farms, including farm tours, demonstrations and more!

Start your Open Farm Day experience with a visit to the Hurstbridge Farmers' Market, Fergusons Paddock, Hurstbridge-Arthurs Creek Road, Hurstbridge, Hurstbridge 3099. Click here to view the trail map.

Present your Open Farm Day Passport at each open farm to collect a sticker. Collect three on more stickers and complete the visitor survey to enter the prize draw. The prize draw includes prizes from Global Ballooning, Kinglake Pub and Funfields!

Make sure to take a snap of you and your family at Open Farm Day with one of the selfie frames. Upload it to social media and tag it with #theartisanhills for the chance to win great prizes.

Participating wineries are listed below: click the links to find out what's on:

  • Apted Farm Services

    1090 Cottles Bridge-Strathewen Road, Strathewen (Melway 9 M2)

  • Apteds Pear and Apple Orchard

    864 Cottles Bridge-Strathewen Road, Arthurs Creek (Melway 393 K1)

  • Edendale Community Environment Farm

    30 Gastons Road, Eltham (Melway 22 A1)

  • Giverny Estate

    69 Cherry Lane, Toolangi (Melway 10 Q2)

  • Hurstbridge Farmers Market

    Fergusons Paddock, Arthurs Creek Road, Hurstbridge (Melway 185 K7)

  • Kings of Kangaroo Ground

    15 Graham Road, Kangaroo Ground (Melway 271 D11)

  • Northern Lodge Training Centre (Melbourne Polytechnic)

    60 Glen Robin Court, Eden Park (Melway 9 K1)

  • Omaru Alpaca

    190 Hildebrand Road, Cottles Bridge (Melway 393 J8)

  • Philip Lobley Wines

    1084 Kinglake-Glenburn Road, Glenburn

  • Shaws Road Winery and Cider

    225 Shaws Road, Arthurs Creek (Melway 394 A4)

  • Sugarloaf Produce

    2/211 Chadds Creek Road, Strathewen (Melway 9 M2)

  • Turners Bakehouse

    107 Schotters Road, Mernda

  • Wedgetail Estate

    40 Hildebrand Road, Cottles Bridge (Melway 393 F9)

  • Weeping Grevillea Nursery

    10 Bartletts Lane, Kangaroo Ground (for GPS use 355 Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road, Panton Hill (Melway 271 G2)

  • Yan Yean Farm (Melbourne Polytechnic)

    2005 Plenty Road, Yan Yean (Melway 9 L2)

  • Yarrambat Estate Vineyard

    45 Laurie Street, Yarrambat (Melway 184 H4)

  • Yarra Valley Custom Meats

    181 Bottings Lane, Dixons Creek (Melway 268 C4)

    Further information about the farms and their locations click here.

    This event will run from 10am to 4pm and bookings are not required.

    Entry is free, however costs for activities may apply at some farms.

    For more information, please visit and 'like' the Facebook profile.

    Open Farm Day is an all-weather event. Please:

  • Wear appropriate clothing

  • Wear covered shoes on all farms

  • Supervise your children at all times

  • Leave your pets at home

  • Stick to designated visitor areas on farms

  • Fill your car up with fuel before you start your Open Farm Day trail.

    And remember to:

  • Bring your camera

  • Bring some cash to purchase some regional farm gate produce
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    When: Sunday 2 April 2017, 10am to 4pm
    Where: Farms open across Nillumbik, Whittlesea and the Kinglake Ranges
    Cost: Free (costs for activities may apply at some farms)
    Your Comment
    Thanks for the article. Really looking forward to this day!!! Hope the weather is good.
    by Anabe (score: 1|69) 162 days ago
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