Easy to peel mandarins, even the toddlers can have a go
Mandarins ripe for the picking
The cooler winter weather means all my favourite citrus fruits are coming into season and the farms are opening their doors to the public.
From the 30th May 2015, 10am til 4pm, every weekend until all the fruit is picked, Ford's farm will open to give visitors the opportunity to pick four different varietals of mandarins –Satsuma (seedless and easy to peel), Imperials, Hickson and Emperor, Navel oranges, Tahitian limes, lemons and cumquats.
Ford's farm is located near Wiseman's Ferry, an easy hour and fifteen minutes drive northwest of Sydney. Start at the shed to be given a rundown of the where the different fruit trees are and a bucket to take to go picking.
Wandering around the lush green trees dotted with orange with the kids, don't forget to look up at the sandstone escarpments. You can taste the fruit as you go and you only pay for what you pick. Once you have picked your fill, head back to the shed to weigh and pay. There is a selection of the farm's homemade jams (mandarin and whisky, orange and brandy), honey, and chutneys on offer, too. Or have a go at making your own mandarin marmalade with your bucket loads of mandarins.
There is an entry fee of $2 per car at the gate to cover the cost of providing more facilities and not to worry there is plenty of paddock parking. I totally recommend having a picnic and making a day of it with family and friends. There are picnic chairs and tables available as well as toilet facilities. There are farm animals and you can buy feed which my kids loved to feed.