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Published June 5th 2018
Keep this list for all seasons of fruit & vegetable picking
Nowadays, you can buy many fruit and vegetables all year round. Some of these are grown in hot houses or similar, and therefore you cannot generally pick them yourself. There are, however, still places you can find to pick your own fruit and vegetables around our State all year round.
If you are going to go fruit picking at a farm, you generally need to phone the farm first or check their website. Some of them are not open every day, and it could also depend on the size of their crops each week. This could vary from week to week or even daily, so you do need to check first.
You also need to ask if they have an entrance fee, as some of them do. It is also a good idea to check the prices before you undertake a drive. I would suggest to take along own bags/boxes in case they do not supply these. You also need to make sure you have cash as many are small operators and do not have Eftpos facilities.
Picking the fruit and vegetables yourself ensures you have the freshest possible fruit and vegetables, they taste far better when picked fresh and are best eaten within a few days. Fruit and vegetables are healthier if eaten when fresh, as they lose some of their "goodness" once they have been picked and as time goes by.
This is also a pleasant day out, and in some cases, great outings to take the whole family on.
WINTER - June, July, August In winter it is citrus fruit time! Imagine those delightful, big, bursting oranges that you can pick yourself.
Golden Grove Orchard, Lower Chittering
Where: 1378 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering Times: This orchard is generally open 7 days a week all year round for fruit picking. Produce: They usually have six varieties of Navel oranges, including a low acid orange. Also mandarins in July. Contact: here.
Orchard picking tours of 10 or more can be arranged and you can pick individually subject to conditions.
CORE Cider House, Pickering Brook
Where: 35 Merrivale Rd, Pickering Brook
Times: July and August, Wednesday to Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Produce: Oranges, apples
The Fruit Corner, Pickering Brook
Where: 1 Bracken Road, Pickering Brook
Times: Most weekends, more often in cherry season
Produce: Fruit and vegetables including chilies, cherries, tomatoes, eggplants, corn, apples, pears and prunes
SPRING -September, October, November
Kien Strawberry Farm, Gnangarra
Where: 362 Badgerup Rd, Gnangara
Times: Spring and summer, from mid-November
Coco's Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm, Wanneroo
Where: 259 Elliot Rd, Wanneroo
Times: From late winter to late spring and early summer
Contact: here - more details available in season
SUMMER - December, January, February
Ti Strawberry Farm, Bullsbrook
Where: 263 Old West Road, Bullsbrook
Times: From September to February, best in early spring