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 and strawberries. And look forward to picking pears, plums, tomatoes 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 pick your own farms. 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, that this calendar is a guide only. Weather changes can affect when fruit is available for picking. We strongly recommend you check the farms Facebook page or website before visiting to see what fruit is ready to pick and when they are open.

1July

Cumquats (photo credit: Weekend Notes)

2August

3September

Strawberries

4October

Peaches

6December

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

7January

Apples

8February

Nashi pears (photo credit: Pine Crest Orchard Facebook)

9March

10April

Passionfruit (photo credit: Flower Power website)

11May

12June

Oranges

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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