We were ready for a lazy Saturday, so figured a nice drive would fit the bill. We packed a picnic lunch, hopped in the car and took the hour drive north to pick some mandarins at Ford’s Farm. And are so glad we did! The trees were just covered with amazing orange globes of yumminess. We have been enjoying the citrus of late but we had never seen how mandarins grow. It is quite breath taking to see so much fruit covering the trees and the bright colour just radiates from every branch.
We have never been up around Wisemans Ferry and it was a beautiful little drive with some amazing properties and view points along the way. But the highlight was the fruit.
I’ve got to say you Aussie’s have a little goldmine here – the citrus fruit here is head and shoulders above anything I have ever tasted. And that’s having tasted the famous citrus from California and Florida, plus the Chinese seedless mandarins and, on rare occasions, Japanese ones around Christmas time in Canada.
Ford’s Farm has seedless satsumas and imperial mandarins – by far the better choice in my opinion so long as your kids can spit out the seeds. There are also cumquats as well as an array of limes and different varieties of lemons. And WOW what a flavour the lemonade lemons have! My little ones ate them just like they’d eat an orange.
As an added bonus for the kids, they have sheep on site. And you can buy a bag of hay to feed them for about 50 cents.
You can also grab some baked goods and coffee and there is a small gift shop of sorts with jams etc.
All in all a great weekend. And it turned into an amazing fresh Caesar salad dressing made with their lemons, amazing orange marmalade, orange muffins and orange cornbread with an orange cream cheese icing. YUM YUM YUM! So get out to Ford’s Farm and enjoy some quality family time.
Open Times and Prices
They charge an entry fee of $5 per car and then you only pay $2 per kg for what you pick of the mandarins, lemons and limes. Camquats are $10 a kilo in 2018.
Finding Ford’s Farm
Ford’s Farm is about 1.25hrs north of Parramatta. Head north along Old Northern Road until just before Wisemans Ferry, where you turn right and travel along Singleton Road for about 13kms. You will drive passed both the main Watkins Family Farm orchard on your right and the originally Watkins family orchard on your left, both open for mandarin picking, on your way.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Wisemans Ferry Inn – review by Little Munch
- Wisemans Ferry Park
- Punt at Wisemans Ferry, which is free and you can travel on by foot or car.
- Glenorie is about midway and has a yummy bakery with a play area. Plus the Glenorie RSL with a great outdoor playground.
Mandarin Picking Farm Options
There are currently four nearby farms where you can pick your own mandarins. Read the pros and cons for each here to help you make a decision about which one is best suited to visit with your family. NOTE: all but Canoelands Orchard are cash only.