Pick Your Own Cherries | Cherry Orchards South Australia | Dec 2016 to Jan 2017

cherry time bowl

Pick your own cherries

There’s nothing that says Summer more than when fresh, juicy, red, sweet, local cherries are available. When the cherry season arrives it reminds us that Christmas is near.

If you love eating lots of cherries, a fun way to get them is to pick your own. Similar to picking strawberries at Beerenberg, this is a great family outdoor activity to enjoy together.

2016 – 2017 Cherry Season

This cherry season has started much later than normal. Marble Hill Cherries explain why,

South Australia had a spring of extended extreme weather; with our area, Ashton, receiving record breaking rain and near cyclonic winds. It was the sort of spring that reminds us to remain both humble and optimistic.

The cherry trees have survived – in fact they are glowing in green leaves, but the weather has meant that many trees did not get pollinated when they were in blossom, which means that this year’s crop appears to be only about 20- 30% of last year’s crop.

Before you go visit our wonderful cherry growers, please double-check directly with the farm to ensure they are open for business, and are not all ‘picked out’ before you leave.

Cherry Map

The Cherry Growers Association of South Australia publish a ‘Cherry Map’ which is a great guide to where you can buy cherries from the ‘shed door’ and also which orchards are open for the public to ‘Pick Your Own’.

Where you can go to pick your own cherries

To make it easier for you, we have listed below all the cherry orchards which allow you to ‘Pick Your Own’.

❤️Please note that the orchards are all open at different times – many don’t do ‘Pick Your Own’ until after Christmas, all dependent on when their varieties of cherries are ripe and also demand.

Refer to the Cherry Map for all the details.

Marble Hill Cherries | 25 Marble Hill Rd, Ashton

Pick Your Own
OPEN: December – early January |  9am– 6pm Wed–Sun, Closed 26 December.
Enquiries: t: 08 8390 0327 www.marblehillcherries.com
e: cherries@marblehillcherries.com
Also: Marble Hill Cherry ice cream, treats, EFTPOS, Koala bushland, closest PYO to city

BP Organic Cherry Farm | 437 Mawson Rd, Lenswood

Pick Your Own & Shed Door Sales
OPEN: early December – mid January | 9am–5pm 7 days | Open Christmas Day
Enquiries: t: 08 8389 8222; 0407 22 33 99
www.bpcherry.com
Organically grown red, white and sour cherries, NASAA certified organic Cert 5375.

Stella Creek | 178 Plummers Rd, Forest Range (top of the hill)

Pick Your Own
OPEN: late November | 9am–5pm 7 days
Enquiries: t: 0432 094 469 / 0417 830 822
www.stellacreek.com.au
Boutique orchard; fun family picking, cherry icecream & w/end sausage sizzle; EFTPOS

Cherrytime Orchard | 1917 Lobethal Rd, Lobethal

Pick Your Own & Shed Door Sales
OPEN: December  | 10am–6pm 7 days
Enquiries: t: 08 8389 6902; 0423 663 634
e: cherrytime@adam.com.au
Friendly farm for easy pick cherries

Forest Range Cherries | 76 Plummers Road, Forest Range

Pick Your Own
OPEN: December | 10am–6pm Wednesday – Sunday
Enquiries: t: 08 8389 8500 www.cherries.net.au
PYO specialists – farm animals, soft drinks, views; everything provided; model Christmas cherry train

Plummers Border Valley Orchards | 32 Plummers Rd (at the shed), Forest Range

Pick Your Own
OPEN: early December – mid January | 9am–5pm 7 days
Enquiries: t: 0407 716 929 / 0407 898 318
www.cherry-picking.com.au
Ten varieties cherries – early, mid & late season. Easy picking

Harrisville Orchards | 72 Harris Road, Lenswood

Pick Your Own & Shed Door Sales
OPEN: Early Dec – early Jan | 9am– 5.30pm Mon-Sat
Enquiries: t: 0407 427 747 or e: harrisvilleorchards@bigpond.com
www.harrisvilleorchards.com or Facebook.
Award-winning apples, cherries, apple & cherry juice/sparkling; Christmas gifts. Closed Sundays

Cheron Enterprises | 109B Coldstore Rd, Lenswood

Pick Your Own
OPEN: Late November – early January | 8am– 4pm 7 days
Enquiries: t: 08 8389 8574; 0419 845 237
www.pickyourowncherries.blogspot.com
Easy picking, picnic spots, everything provided; toilets available; cash only.

Harben Vale Cherries | Altmanns Road (off Junction Rd), Balhannah

Pick Your Own
OPEN: early December – early January | 9am – 5pm weekends
Mon – Fri by appointment
Enquiries: t: 08 8388 4578; 0439 001 962
www.harbenvale.com

Cherries at Verdun

Pick your own
OPEN: Dec – early January | 9am-5pm | 7 days
Enquiries: t:8388 7048; 0428 829 534
5 mins Hahndorf with scenic views. EFTPOS & Picnic area.

Kersbrook Cherry Farm

Shed door sales
OPEN: 4th week Nov – 3rd week Dec | 9am – 5pm | 7 days
Enquiries: t:8389 2231; 0412 056 001
Premium dark and white cherries. Gateway to Barossa

Martin Hill Cherries

Shed door sales
OPEN: December – Mid January | 8am – 7pm | 7 days
Enquiries: t: 8389 1118; 0407 920 239
www.martinhillcherries.com
PYO Cherries after Christmas only. EFTPOS available.

Fleurieu Cherries | 159 Pages Flat Rd, Pages Flat. (2 mins to Main Rd)

Pick Your Own & Shed Door Sales
OPEN: early December – mid January |  9am– 6pm 7 days
Enquiries: t: 08 8556 1314 / 0410 488 464
Cherry ice cream, cherry liqueur, cellar door. Look for the giant cherries on the wagon!

Lenane Orchards | 814D Montacute Rd, Montacute.

Pick Your Own & Shed Door Sales
OPEN: November until Christmas | 9am – 6pm 7 days
Enquiries: t: 08 8390 2271
Over 20 different varieties of cherries and a range of baked goods, jams, preserves, honey and drinks made with their own fruit on the farm. BYO lunch or enjoy hot or cold drinks and home baked goods at the café.

Cherries at Verdun

Pick your own

 

Tips for picking cherries 

❤️ Wear closed flat shoes when you are picking your own cherries, as well as a hat and sunscreen.

❤️ Our tip would also be to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, especially the kids – juicy red cherries are delicious but they can stain clothes.

❤️ Also bring your own bags, boxes and/or esky to transport your cherries home.

❤️ Take cash – some orchards don’t have eftpos facilities.

❤️ You can also take a picnic to enjoy while you are there. The orchards are a great place to explore – look out for koalas and other wildlife at some places.

cherries in the hand
Important: Remember to check first with the cherry orchard via their website, Facebook page or ring them (contact details are given above and in the Cherry Map) to make sure they have ripe cherries available to pick BEFORE travelling there. Cherries, like all fruit, are dependent on weather conditions and some orchards may get busy and sell out.

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Cherry Growers Association of South Australia’s website here.

For your guide to the Growers and all the details download the Cherry Map for 2016-2017 (PDF)

What:       Pick Your Own Cherries | Cherry Orchards South Australia

When:      December to January (depending on season)  | closed on catastrophic fire days

Where:    See locations above and see link to Cherry Map

Who:        Cherry Lovers

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