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.
First apples are now available for picking together with blood plums and peaches. We plan to open each Fri, Sat and Sunday until late April. Note we will be closed on New Year’s day (Jan 1). Gala apples are expected to be ready for Australia day (Jan 26).
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.
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.
We will be open on this Saturday 2nd December. There will be Cherries for early birds $12/kg, apricots $5/kg, peaches, plums and nectarines and plums $4/kg. Hours are 10am – 4pm. All pick your own.
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.
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.
Pine Crest Orchard is closed from April 26 until the new season starts with stone fruit in December 2017. The last of our apples and persimmons were all picked out on Anzac day which like Easter was extremely busy. We apologise for the chaos of the Easter/Anzac day period with delays that caused frustrations, delays and for some meant that they could access the orchard and pick as they had planned. Frankly we were overwhelmed with customers. We thank you for your support during the season and look forward to seeing you again in December when the first peaches and plums ripen. We will still be able to conduct our bush and orchard tours (see link at the left) on demand for the the next month. Follow us on facebook to see the latest information. John and all the team at Pine Crest
Due to the huge and chaotic crowds of customers we had on Easter Friday and Saturday we are picked out of fruit until ANZAC day. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but have no alternative but to close on Easter Sunday and next weekend – April 22 & 23 as we have no ripe fruit left for picking. We plan to open for the morning of ANZAC day when the last of the Pink Lady and Persimmons should be ripe. We thank you for your understanding and wish you an enjoyable Christmas
This Easter we will be open 9-5 on Good Friday, Easter Saturay and Easter Sunday but not on Monday 17/4. Plenty of Persimmon and Apples but we are expecting a very busy 3 days and so are not sure how many fruit will left by Sunday pm.
Granny Smith apples and Pink Lady apples are $4/kg and Persimmon $5/kg. No entrance fee. We supply bags for $2 or you can bring your own.
We also have a good supply of Walnuts and some chestnuts for sale as well as our local honey, jam an apples juices