We went to two pick your own farms on the weekend and the kids loved the idea of picking their own fruit and the freshness of eating it !
First stop was Castlereagh Strawberries, there are no entry fee's but you must book ahead. You pay for what you pick. The strawberries are market price and Mary the owner is very friendly, she gave the kids a quick lesson on how strawberries grow and the best way to pick them.
We have recently been informed that Castlereagh Strawberries are no longer open for pick your own fruit.
From the strawberry farm it was a quick 10 minute drive to a local produce store called River Produce, here we purchased fresh vegetables and fruit at a very reasonable price.
From there it was to Caneolands where you can pick your own nectarines or you can purchase from their store along with honey and peaches. There is a charge for picking your own nectarines. As well as picking nectarines, you can also pay for a tractor ride or take your own blanket for a picnic.
On the way home, and a short drive from Caneolands, you will find Glenorie. I recommend dropping into Glenorie Bakery, they have the best pies, I had to keep myself away from the pastries, they looked delicious....
The fruit tastes so yummy when you pick it yourself, better than Coles.
I would also like to pick apples as they are my favourite fruit.
I wish I could pick all my fruit.
Alyssa's Little Opinion: I really enjoyed fruit picking and had so much fun. I liked the little scissors that I was given at the strawberry farm to cut the strawberries. It was fun finding nice red strawberries to cut and I couldn't stop eating them, but mum said we had to pay for them first.
It was also fun picking nectarines, but I just wanted to keep picking more and more and mum told me to stop as we had too many. The nectarines were so juicy , I have been eating one everyday.
Mum's Big Opinion: We have previously visited the strawberry farm last year and there was an abundance of strawberries and very tasty, we nearly ate them all on the drive home. This year we had been advised that it hadn't been a successful year and the weather had had an impact on them. The strawberries weren't as good and it was a lot harder to find the good ones. But we will be back again next year to pick again.
If you are in the Castlereagh area I would recommend popping into Riverview Produce, it was great fresh fruit and vegetables and reasonable market priced. The kids have really enjoyed eating their vegetables this week at dinner, you really can tell the difference when eating fresh produce.
At Canoelands Orchard, I wasn't expecting the entry fee, but still enjoyed the picking. It was hard trying to stop the kids from picking so many nectarine's, otherwise it could become very expensive. We got there around lunchtime and there were lots of people enjoying a picnic lunch. There were plenty of nectarines to pick and it was very spacious, at times it felt like you were the only ones at the farm.
- Riverview produce is located corner of Crowleys Lane and Yarramundi Lane Yarramundi NSW. It is located approx. 10km from the Strawberry farm.
- Canoelands Orchard is located on 27 Canoelands Rd Canoelands NSW. You can pick your own nectarine's Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm November - December.
- Visit Canoelands website for further details and pricing on the farm.
- Glenorie Bakery is located at 930 Old Northern rd Glenorie NSW, you can visit their website for more details Glenorie Bakery.
- For more information on pick your own fruits, visit the Hawkesbury Harvest for locations and seasonality.