Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Best Fruit in Town! Guest Post By Melbourne Playgrounds

Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries oh my!

The one thing l LOVE about summer is the fresh fruit. This week we have a FABULOUS guest post from our friends over at Melbourne Playgrounds. They’ve shared with us the BEST places in Melbourne to pick your own fruit this summer. So grab the kids, a bucket, some SPF and load up on farm fresh goodness. Enjoy!

What could be more fun than heading off to a fruit farm and picking your own juicy fruit to take home (if it manages to last that long). There are plenty of opportunities to pick your own fruit whether it be strawberries, cherries, blueberries or something more exotic such as silvanberries or boysenberries. Here are some places which offer U-Pick around Melbourne.

Blue Hills Berries and Cherries, Silvan

Fruits: Cherries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Boysenberries, Youngberries, Blackberries, Loganberries and Blueberries
Season: Cherries (Late Nov - Jan), Strawberries (Nov to Dec again Feb to Mar), Raspberries (Mid Nov to Jan, then again in early Mar), Boysenberries (Mid Dec -Early Jan). Youngberries (Mid Dec), Blackberries (Mid Dec - Jan), Loganberries (Early Dec), Blueberries (Dec- Jan)
Cost: Entry is $10 for Adult, $5 for Child (3 - 11 years) and Under 3 Free. Most fruit is $10 per Kilo.

Phone: (03) 9737 9400 More Information

Chappies U-Pick, Silvan

Fruits: Raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries and sour cherries
Season: Cherries (from early Nov), Raspberries and Blackberries (From late Nov)
Cost: Raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries are all $11 per kilo. Cherries are $9 per kilo. There is a $8 entry price for Cherries per person, an $11 entry fee for all Berries and the first kilogram is free plus a $2 entry fee for children aged 3-12 years old for all crops.

Phone: (03) 9737 9534 More Information

Ladybird Organics Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm, Keilor

Fruits: Strawberries
Season: Oct – May (open on weekends only due to renovations)
Cost: $12 per kg

Phone: (03) 9331 6692 / 0419 584 665 More Information

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Main Ridge

Fruits: Strawberries
Season: Nov to Apr
Cost: Adults $8 (includes 500gm strawberries), Children up to 14 years $4 (includes 250gm strawberries), Children under 3 years are free.

Phone: (03) 5989 4500 More Information

The Bramble Farm, Langwarrin

Fruits: Brambleberries and Raspberries
Season: Nov - Apr
Cost: $15/kg

Phone: (03) 9776 7018 More Information

Cherry Haven, Wandin East

Fruits: Cherries
Season: From mid Nov
Cost: Entry is $6 for Adult, $3 for Child (2 - 12 years) and Under 2 Free. Cherries are $10 per Kilo.

Phone: 0408 805 359 More Information

Naturipe Fruits Farm, Bacchus Marsh

Fruits: Strawberries, cherries, stone fruits and apples
Season: Oct - Apr
Cost: Strawberries $9/kg.

Phone: 0419 340 363 More Information

Cherryhill Orchards, Wandin East

Fruits: Cherries
Season: Nov - Jan

Cost: Entry Price is Adult (12 years and over): $10, Children (3-11 years): $5, Family (2 Adults & 3 Children): $30, Infants (2 years & under): free. Cherries (that you take home) are $10 per kilo.

Phone: (03) 5964 4235 / 1300 CHERRY (243 779) More Information

Ripe 'N' Ready Cherry Farm, Red Hill

Fruits: Sweet and Sour Cherries
Season: Nov - end Jan
Cost: Entry Price is Adult (12 years and over): $10, Children (5-12 years): $5, Children under 5 years: free. Cherries (that you take home) are $8 per kilo.

Phone: (03) 5989 2578 / 0419 561 806 More Information

Ellisfield Farm, Red Hill

Fruits: Sweet cherries, sour Morello cherries and Quinces
eason: Dec - Jan (cherries)
Cost: Cherries from $10 per kg depending on quantity

Phone: (03) 5989 2008 / 0417 512 852 More Information

Red Hill Cherry Farm, Red Hill South

Fruits: Sweet and Sour Cherries
Season: Sweet Cherries: mid Nov-early Jan. Sour Morello Cherries: late Dec-Jan
Cost: Around $11/kg

Phone: (03) 5989 2237 More Information

Summer Sensations Café and Berry Gardens, Teesdale

Fruits: Strawberries, Boysenberries, Youngberries, Blackberries and Silvanberries
Season: Strawberries (Oct-May), Boysenberries, Youngberries and Blackberries (Dec-Feb), and Silvanberries (Dec-Jan)
Cost: About $9/kg

Phone: (03) 5281 5449 More Information

Paynes Orchards, Bacchus Marsh

Fruits: Apples, cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries and silvanberries
Season: Apples (late Feb to April), cherries (Late Nov - mid Dec), apricots (mid-Dec to Jan), nectarines and peaches (mid-Dec to Feb), plums (Jan) and berries (periodically).
Cost: Cherries are $6-15 depending on type

Phone: (03) 5367 2548 More Information

Jay Berries, Wandin East

Fruits: Mainly strawberries. Some raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
Season: Nov-Mar
Cost: Strawberries are $6/kg

Phone: (03) 5964 4451 More Information

Tuckerberry Hill Blueberries, Drysdale

Fruits: Strawberries and Blueberries
Season: Dec to Mar (Blueberries), Strawberries (from early Nov)
Cost: Not known

Phone: (03) 5251 3468 More Information

Kinglake Raspberries, Kinglake

Fruits: Raspberries
Season: Early Dec - end Jan and late Mar - Jun
Cost: Not known

Phone: (03) 5786 5360 More Information

Wallington Strawberry Farm, Wallington

Fruits: Strawberries
Season: Sept-May
Cost: Not known

Phone: (03) 5250 1541 More Information

Note: It's highly recommended to phone farms ahead of your visit to check fruit availability.

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