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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.
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.
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!