Did you know that you only need to travel about 60 mins north, north-west or south-west to reach a number of farms that let you pick your own fruit and nuts?
Picking your own fruit at a local farm is a great way to help kids learn about where their food comes from. It is also just a really lovely outing wandering around the farm and travelling through a bit of countryside, plus a great way to help local farmers.
After all this rain, be sure to pop some gumboots on, take some bags with you to collect the fruit in and be prepared to walk a bit (a few hundred metres) to get to the fruit from the farm gate.
Here are what you can pick this Easter long weekend and during the April school holidays. Please be sure to check opening and closing times for specific farms.
Tomatoes are available for picking at Canoelands Orchard. They are open 9:30am to 3pm daily during school holidays and the Easter weekend. There is a free tractor ride at 10.30am these holidays. The cost to pick your own fruit at Canoelands is $5 per adult and $3 children (age 5-15, under 5 free), plus the per kilo cost of any fruit you pick. There is also a family entry (2 adults and 2 or more kids age 5-15) for $16. Entry is free for kids under 15 on weekdays during the school holidays (excludes public holidays).
Pink lady apples, and other varieties of apples, are available for picking in Bilpin. There are a number of pick your own farms, such as Bilpin Fruit Bowl and Pine Crest Orchard. Note: Bilpin Fruit Bowl charge a small fee to pick your own but most other farms in Bilpin don’t.
Strawberries can be picked on Tuesday 18th April at Berrylicious Strawberries in Thirlmere from 8am to 4pm. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Entry is $10 per person and you can eat as much as you like! For kids under 10, entry is $5. Strawberries you pick and take home are $10 a kilo. They have lots of strawberries and all are under cover.
Persimmon are available for picking at Pine Crest Orchard in Bilpin. They are open Easter long weekend, except Monday.