I love it when I LOVE one of our adventures just as much, if not more, than my boys! And our first visit to the Pecan Lady had us all beaming from ear to ear!
There was something so rewarding about foraging on our hands and knees through the autumn leaves looking for the delicious nuggets, also known as pecans.
Now the Pecan Lady farm is a lot closer than I had thought it was. And I would actually have visited earlier if I had known that it was less than an hour for us from Rydalmere.
They usually only open their farm to the public over the June long weekend (9am to 4pm), as part of the Central Coast Harvest Festival. But this year, they have also opened on a few weekends beforehand – you just needed to register via their website. These sessions were mostly on Sunday mornings from 9am to 11am.
Now I didn’t think we would actually need all 2hrs to pick pecans. And then we spent almost 2hrs there! You see its cheaper to pick by the bucket ($40) then by the kg ($10), when a bucket holds about 5-6kgs. And seeing pecans can last for about 2 years, once dried and stored correctly, we nearly picked 2 buckets.
But it does take some time to find that many pecans! And likely a bit longer if the ground is wet or it’s raining.
Lol…of course we didn’t quite think through the whole opening all these pecans so will be cracking for a while! Thankfully we’re giving some away to family and friends. And they do sell nut crackers if you don’t have one.
There’s no entry fee and you just pay for what you pick. Plus you can taste test along the way. Ask Bob, husband of the Pecan Lady, to show you how to open them without a nut cracker. It’s just a matter of making a cross with two pecans and squeezing them in your hand. But easier to understand when someone shows you.
The Pecan Lady and Bob are 2nd generation pecan farmers, with their parents establishing the farm in 1986. There are now 400 trees, so plenty of pecans to pick!
Throughout the picking days, they demonstrate the tree shaking – which is not to be missed! Basically the pecans are shaken lose from the tree with a tractor – and the pecans are a lot easier to find from a newly shaken tree.
Also on the farm, you can buy some yummy treats that the kids and grandkids have made. We loved the homemade lemonade and have great things about the pecan slice, but didn’t get to try some.
The Pecan Lady is open all June long weekend from 9am to 4pm. There are NO EFTPOS facilities so make sure to bring CASH. There is on-site parking and toilets.
If going after/ during rain, recommend taking spare pants for the kids (and yourself) as they really is no way of avoiding the wet leaves and ground.
Now the trick to storing the pecans for a while is to dry them first in the oven at 50 degrees (with door slightly open) for about 2hrs. You can then store them in the shell in the freezer (about 2yrs), fridge (about a year) or dark cupboard (6-12months).
On the way home, we stopped at Brooklyn for lunch by the water. And then played in the fenced playground near the Brooklyn Baths.
Finding the Pecan Lady
The Pecan Lady is just off the M1, near the Reptile Park. You go along Wisemans Ferry Road and then turn onto Ulinga Road in Somersby. The farm is on your right and there are flags and signs out the front.