I’m a whole lot in love with 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, tomatoes, eggplants, chestnuts, walnuts, plums, pears and sunflowers. And look forward to picking cherries this year. BUT I’m forever forgetting what is available to pick at different times of the year. And thought I may not be alone! So below is a listing by month of what fruit (nuts and flowers) is available from nearby farms that let you pick your own. There are 14 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.


Google Map

To make it a easier to see where you can pick your own fruit, 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.


IMPORTANT Info

PLEASE treat the farms with care when visiting them – keeping wastage to a minimum and making sure not to damage fruit trees. Unfortunately the reason why so many farmers charge entry prices for pick your own farm experiences is because of the amount of wasted fruit thrown/ dropped on the ground and the damage caused to their farm. Sadly a case of a few ruining it for the rest of us.

Anderson Farm
Farmer Ken at Anderson Farm picks up the dropped/ thrown fruit for seconds boxes and to feed his cows.

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.

Canoelands Orchard
Tractor ride at Canoelands Orchard

It’s always worthwhile putting some gumboots in the car just in case the ground is muddy at the farm. And taking some reuseable/cooler bags with you to store the fruit on your way home.

This calendar is a GUIDE only! Weather changes can affect when fruit is available for picking. I do my 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.


Month by Month Fruit Picking Calendar

1September

  • Mandarins: Watkins Family Farm (drop-in, open weekends until 6th Oct 2019, entry fee)
  • Oranges: Anderson Farm (open weekends until 22nd September 2019, drop-in, $5 entry for adults)

2October

Peaches

3November

Nectarines

4December

5January

Apples

6February

7March

Tomato picking season is from about mid-March

8April

Chestnuts (photo credit: Nutwood Farm)

9May

10June

Oranges

11July

Cumquats (photo credit: Weekend Notes)

12August

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