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November 09 2017News

U-Pick Berry Season is here.

November is upon us and with that comes the new U-Pick Berry Season. Hundreds of farms across Victoria have begun to open their doors and welcome in hungry customers, ready to pick their own fresh, and delicious berries. While not all types of berries are ready this early in the season, there are still plenty of varieties of strawberries and cherries that are ready to go!
Now if you’ve never been berry picking before it’s quite simple.
First, choose which berry you’d like to pick. While most farms will have a range of berries to pick, they will also generally specialise in either cherries, strawberries or blueberries, so it’s important to pick your favourite so you pick the right farm.
Two, round up a group of friends, set aside a date in your calendars and get your Google maps at the ready. It’s time for a road trip!

To help you tick off step one, we’ve devised a list of our favourite U-Pick berry farms across outer Melbourne and Victoria. Whether you prefer cherries, blueberries, strawberries or the finer berries such as raspberries and blackberries we’ve got a farm for you!
Opening hours and availability do vary at most farms depending on if there crops are an early, mid or late season fruit, as well as the ripe stock levels available on the plants. So be sure to double check before heading down, most farms have a Facebook page, or phone number you can call on if you need to check.

Sunny Ridge Farm

244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge VIC 3928
Strawberry season is in full swing and Sunny Ridge Farm has bucket loads of strawberries ready to pick. They also have a great café where you can enjoy a wide range of amazing strawberry desserts from ice-cream, to chocolate covered strawberries, preserves and jams.

Tuckerberry Hill Berry Orchard and Café

35 Becks Road, Drysdale 3222 VIC Australia
This farm is located only 1.5 hours out of Melbourne, and only a short distance past Geelong. It’s the perfect pit stop for a day trip, or even on a weekend away at the Great Ocean Road.
Strawberry Season is now open, with Blueberry season set to launch in mid-December until Early February.
Spring opening times: Weekends 9am-5pm
Summer Opening Hours: 7 Days a Week 9am-5pm.

Paynes Orchard

372 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340

Cherries and Strawberries are now ready to pick. Payne’s Orchard opens this weekend (18th/19th of November) with a variety of Strawberries and early season Cherries ready to pick. Payne’s Orchard also has an amazing array of stone fruits available from January through to February.

Chappies U-Pick

21 Parker Road Silvan, 3795
7 days 8.30am-5pm

Cherries, Cherries, Cherries! Chappies U-Pick opens up its gates on the 20th of November, with trees full of ripe cherries ready for the picking. Located in Silvan, Chappies is approximately 50km from Melbourne, and is a great U-Pick farm for the entire family. Raspberry and Blackberries will also be available from November 25th.

U-Pick berry farms are a great day out for the entire family, or with your friends. So be sure to visit one of these amazing farms this season and help support local Victorian farmers.

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