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Published November 5th 2019
Pick out the best apples and strawberries
Picking your own strawberries and apples by hand is a great thing to do in this day and age as you can pick the type of fruit that you want - the idea is to decide whether you want them already ripe, or perhaps not quite right and able to eat in a few days.

When you buy strawberries at a shop fruit or supermarket, I found that they get mould on them sometimes very quickly, even though I keep them in the fridge.

I therefore would love to pick them myself and get ones that are not quite ripe and I know that they will last a bit longer as they are just so fresh.

This is a list of a few places where you can buy some of these strawberries as well as some places you can get the freshest available apples in NSW.

RICARDOES, TOMATOES & STRAWBERRIES
Where: 221 Blackmans Point Road, Port Macquarie - ten minutes from the north of Port Macquarie.

The strawberries are available all year round and they also have some other fruits as well. You pay only for what you actually pick.



BERRYLICIOUS STRAWBERRIES
Where: 200 W Parade, Thirlmere, near Picton

This farm is open already and is about an hour from Rydalmere.

This is a farm where you can't just turn up to as bookings are essential. They announce pick your own sessions on their Facebook page and you can now book online there. It is a very popular place and it can be sometimes difficult to get a time to pick them. It is very pleasant here as there are not so many people there at the same time, and you can pick exactly which strawberries you want.

You pay an entrance fee and the staff will explain how to pick the strawberries. Costs for children 3-10 years is $6 and it is then $12 per kilo for the strawberries you have picked to take home.




CLYDE RIVER BERRY FARM
Where: C/- 1600 Princes Highway, Termeil

Here you can pick your own lovely strawberries and it is 3.5 hours from Sydney, 45 minutes from Ulladulla and Batemans Bay. At this farm, you will receive some picking buckets and they will direct you to the "berries of the day" sections in the ripest section of the farm.

As these are highly valuable crops, the organisers ask you to respect the difficult work involved to keep them healthy and delightful and not eat the fruit until it is paid for.

You can read more about this farm if you are in this area at this link.



SHIELDS ORCHARD
Where: 2270 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin

You can get some apples fresh again in January 2020, which is officially the time for many of the fresh apples.

This farm has been producing fruit from the early 1900s with lots of passionfruit, oranges, lemons and a very old apple orchard as well as some more recently planted apple orchards.

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Image: Pixabay.com


BILPIN FRUIT BOWL
Where: 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin

The Fruit Bowl is open 7 days a week from 8.00 am till 5.30 pm. The farm is only open on weekends in good weather and only during harvest time, which is between November and May.

They also have a shop where they sell local honey, homemade jams, souvenirs, pottery, fresh fruit and seasonal summer fruits including their home made apple pies.



GLENBERNIE ORCHARD
Where: 259 Darkes Forest Road, Darkes Forest - 30kms north of Wollongong

They sell apples from January to June each year and you can see their website here.

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Image: www.Glenbernie Orchard


TNT ORCHARD
Where: 153 Kurts Road, Bilpin

Lovely apples will be available from January from June, so make sure you keep some time to pick them.

They are a family-run business of apple farmers. The farm is nestled in the heart of Bilpin, which is one of the biggest orchards in Bilpin. There are many thousands of trees to pick from and and their apples are of excellent quality.



CANOALANDS ORCHARDS
Where: : 27 Canoelands Road, Canoelands

The admission price is $5 for adults, $3 for children to 15 years of age and $16 for a family. All fruit picked must be purchased at the per kilo price. They will be offering pick your own apples in December, so go out and get them!

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Why? For picking strawberries and apples
When: December to June 2020
Where: Around NSW
Cost: Varies - see article
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