Cedar Creek Orchard welcomes people to pick their own fruit

There is nothing quite like farm-fresh fruit and Cedar Creek Orchard is giving locals the chance to pick their own.

The Thirlmere orchard will host ‘Pick Your Own’ days throughout November.

Fourth generation grower Damien Silm said there would be a range of delicious stonefruit on offer.

“We have white flesh peaches, yellow flesh nectarines and white flesh nectarines,” he said.

“We have a lot of families come down and pick fruit because it makes for a great day out.

“We do a tractor ride down to the orchard and we do a talk on what to look for.

“People love it because they are choosing their own fruit and they know exactly where it came from.”

Mr Silm said they had a better harvest than expected despite this year’s drought.

“We have a good crop but we are being very cautious with our water,” he said.

“We have a five acre dam and it is currently at one per cent capacity so the drought has definitely affected us.

“We have a bore that we have been using to irrigate the trees but we have had to ration it.

“Normally we give the trees what they want but instead we have been giving them only what they need.”

The Silm family have been hosting ‘pick your own’ days for the past 10 years.

Cedar Creek Orchard has been in operation for more than 80 years.

Mr Silm encouraged people to book online and attend one of the picking events.

“It’s a really great day out – we make sure the orchard looks beautiful and that it’s easy for people to get around and pick their fruit,” he said.

“We usually get hundreds of people each day but we limit numbers to make sure everyone has the chance to pick something.

“If you don’t want to pick any fruits we also have shed sales so you can buy directly from the shed as well.”

Bookings are essential.

To book for a ‘pick your own’ day, visit: cedarcreekorchards.com.au or find out more by visiting Cedar Creek Orchard on Facebook