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Yarra Farm Fresh

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 12th 2021
They are grown next door
Yarra Farm Fresh is a 30 acre site where Edwards & Coldstream West Roads meet in Coldstream.

Entrance sign
We are here.

As soon as you enter the long tree-lined drive to the on-site shop, you get a nice feeling.

shaded driveway.
The cool entrance.

On one side the paddocks are usually full of strawberry fields and the other side is an avenue of agapanthus. On a hot day, you can almost see the coolness.

strawberry sign
A sign of things to come.

strawberry fields.
Strawberry fields forever.

It's not a large shop but the range of fresh fruit and vegetables is huge.

A long aisle of freshness.

onions & potatoes.
Onions & potatoes.

The only item grown on the property is strawberries. With regular crop rotation, top quality is assured.

Grown only metres away.

Many of the other fruit and vegetables are sourced from local growers.

Take your pick.

More to chose from.

In keeping with the local theme, many of the non-fruit and vegetable items available come from the Yarra Valley. Yarra Valley Pasta, for example, is made in Healesville.

local products
Local products.

There are many gourmet products offered, all from local producers.

local products
More local products.

The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about all their products.

Allison, as sweet as the nectarines.

One product that surprised me was Yarra Valley Tea. Yes, tea grown in the Yarra Valley, nowhere near China, India or Sri Lanka.

tea house
The tea house.

Many of the vegetables such as celery, silverbeet, carrots, cabbage, cauliflowers, spring onions etc. are kept in a refrigerated display to ensure lasting freshness.

Keeping their cool.

A small range of cold drinks are available as is coffee and Pink Lady apple juice, a favourite of mine.

The range of melons, pineapples and cantaloupes are cut in half for convenience when buying for a fruit salad. The watermelons are cut into quarters because of their large size.

Small portions available.

More to choose from.

My last visit there resulted in being able to make a delicious eight ingredient fruit salad. I could have added another nine fruits but alas, my salad bowl was not big enough.

fruit salad.
My fruit salad.

Near the entrance to the shop, a range of pot plants are available.

pot plants
Nice range of pot plants for your garden.

Rustic sign.

Their motto is "The best of the Yarra Valley under one roof." Perfectly correct.
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Why? It's worth it for the quality.
When: Open 7 days 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Where: Cnr. Edward & Coldstream West Roads, Coldstream. Melway map: 279. J.5.
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We shop there occasionally and happy with fruit and vegetable quality and price and it's good to get local produce.
by tauru (score: 1|31) 45 days ago
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