If you haven’t noticed already, I have a bit of a crush on pick your own fruit outings. There’s the hour drive to the countryside, fresh air, kids learning about where their food comes from, being outdoors, wearing gumboots and supporting local farmers. And let’s not forget, eating all the yummy fresh fruit! I mean what’s not to love? So far we have picked mandarins, nectarines, peaches, apples, oranges, strawberries and tomatoes. And look forward to picking pears, plums and cherries this year.

I am however forever forgetting what is available to pick when. And thought I may not be alone! So below is a listing by month of what fruit (and nuts) is available from nearby farms that let you pick your own. There are 13 farms listed so far and they are all roughly about an hours drive from Parramatta. We hope to add a few more throughout the year. And here is a Google Map of the different nearby pick your own fruit farm experiences. For other pick your own experiences, visit Harvest Trails and Markets website, a not for profit community organisation supporting farmers in the Sydney basin.

Please keep in mind that each farm experience will be very different. Some charge a small entry fee and have animals to pat as well as fruit picking. Others are free to visit and have picnic facilities. Make sure to read our review of the farm you are thinking of visiting beforehand.

And remember, this calendar is a guide only. Weather changes can affect when fruit is available for picking. We do our best to update it regularly. But strongly recommend you check the farms Facebook page or website before visiting to see what fruit is ready to pick and when they’re open.

1November

Nectarines

Apricots

Cherries

Nectarines

Peaches

Plums

Raspberries

Strawberries

2December

Cherries (photo credit: George and Sue’s Cherry Farm, Bathurst)

3January

Apples

4February

Nashi pears (photo credit: Pine Crest Orchard Facebook)

5March

6April

Passionfruit (photo credit: Flower Power website)

7May

8June

Oranges

9July

Cumquats (photo credit: Weekend Notes)

10August

11September

12October

Peaches

NOTE: Strawberries are available to be picked at Berrylicious Strawberries throughout the year when there is enough fruit to pick. They do generally open during the school holidays and bookings are required.

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