Fuji Apples and Chestnuts. Closed Good Friday

It is mid March and mid season for apples with the Fuji apples great at the moment and Jonathan, Jonagold and Golden Delicious still available. Granny Smith start in 2 weeks (March 23) and Pink Lady 2 weeks later again, around April 6 God willing. We also have limited quantities of blood plums and Chinese pears for picking.

Birds, bats and black cockatoos have inflicted heavy losses on our non-netted areas so visitors will note extra netting and curtains you need to push aside to enter the netted areas for picking.

We have the first chestnuts for the year and they are terrific. Enjoy them in a variety of ways. Roast them, micro-wave them, boil them or add them to a casserole. They taste great.

Lastly, advance notice that we will be closed on Good Friday. If you among the massive crowd that visited us last Good Friday you will understand why. God willing we will open Easter Saturday and Sunday but not Easter Monday

 

 

Fuji, Jonathan and 5 other Apples Ready

Apple season is in full swing. We have the biggest crop of early Fuji ever and they are now ripe and ready.  The Jonathans are great now, and despite losing heaps to fruit bats because they are not under net we have plenty for you this weekend. Many Golden Delicious have also been lost to the bats but those under the net are now ready together with Jonagold and a few Red delicious. This weekend – Feb 23, will be the last for Gala which we have been picking since Australia day.

The pears have also suffered greatly from bats and apart from a few Chinese pears will finish this weekend.

Advance notice that we will be closed on Good Friday and on Easter Monday but God willing we will open on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Hope to see you soon and keep eating apples.

 

 

Gala Apples Galore but Peaches Finished

The very hot weather in January and the abundance of fruit bats has finished off the peaches early this year. Now the good news. The Gala apples are ripe and ready in great abundance and as they are under the netting you can pick them without having to compete with the fruit bats.  We also have new very sweet apple ready right now which is very appropiately called “Sweetie”Williams pears are also ready and by mid February the Red Williams and Packham pears will be ready. Remember that these pears only ripen after picking and need a period of chilling in your fridge to induce ripening. For Williams 24 hours is long enough but Packhams require 7 days. We have a big crop of excellent apples this year so expect God willing to be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of April.

Open Sat. December 9 for Peaches and Nectarines

We will be open from 10 am – 4 pm for peach and nectarine picking. This is a change brought about because the fruit are ripening faster than anticipated. There are both white and yellow fleshed peaches as well as a few plums and apricots. Apricots are $5/kg and other fruit $4/kg. Sorry for the short notice. Follow us on face book.

Cherries all finished. Lots of Peaches

As anticipated the cherries were picked out by midday (Dec 2) but we have heaps of peaches and plums to pick before Christmas. Because all the peaches are ripening early this year we plan God willing to open on Dec 16 and 17 and again on Dec 22, 23, 24 so you can enjoy our peaches for Christmas. The apple crop is looking great and we are busy thinning them out so that they size up. The first apples may even be ready for new years day.

Cherries and Apricots

We have a few cherries and Apricots for picking when they ripen. This is expected to be Saturday November 18 when we will open God willing from 10am until sold out which is likely to be before midday. We can supply picking buckets for $2 each or you can bring your own. Cherries will be $12/kg and apricots $5/kg. Please check this web site for confirmation before coming on Nov. 18 as the weather always makes crops and their maturity time a bit unpredictable. Our main season when peaches, plums and then apples and pears will be available commences on December 26. From then until April we plan God willing to open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 5.

Limited cherries available

Limited quantity of Cherries available Sat Oct 28

From 10 am this Saturday (Oct 28) you can pick your own cherries at Pine Crest Orchard for $12/kg. We will be open until 4pm or until sold out. With a huge response following our announcement on Facebook we suggest you come in the morning. Note we will not be open on Sunday. Our Empress cherries are fully ripe and so far the rain has not caused any splitting.

We have a few cherries of a later variety so keep an eye on this page and if feasible will will have some cherries available in 2-3 weeks.

To avoid squashing cherries need to be picked into a bucket not a bag. We can supply plastic picking buckets for $2 each or you can bring your own.

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