Autumn in the Adelaide Hills means orchards, vines and strawberry patches laden with fruit - come pick your own figs, apples and strawberries, and stock up at farm gates and markets.
Adelaide Hills isn't known as 'Adelaide's Fruit Bowl' for nothing! Here are some tips on the best places to make the most of the region's bountiful harvest...
Fresh Figs from Willabrand Orchard, Glen Ewin Estate in the Adelaide Hills (image credit Willabrand Orchard)
Picking figs at Glen Ewin Estate is the perfect activity to get you excited for the beauty that autumn in the Adelaide Hills brings. Located in Houghton just 40 minutes north-east of the Adelaide CBD, the Willabrand fig orchard at Glen Ewin Estate is something out of a fig lover’s dream. With 12,000 fig trees covered in ripe fruit ready for the picking, it’ll be well worth the visit. Pick five varieties of figs spread across the historic terraced orchard while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding hills. Picking is available 7 days a week throughout the fig season (check the Facebook page for updates throughout the season which should run at least until the end of March) and the orchard is open from 9am-3pm every day with the last picking at 2pm. Weigh up your treasures for $10 a kilo to take home to enjoy!
Relax and indulge in treats from their pop-up fig bar, open every Thursday night from 6pm onward throughout the harvest season. Enjoy the music, fig cocktails and fig ice–cream! Pre-picked figs can also be purchased along with locally made delectable offerings such as fig jam, chocolate enrobed figs and chocolate filglettes.
Willabrand Fig Orchards, Glen Ewin Estate
Pick a Pink Lady Weekend (Adelaide Hills Tourism)
Pick a Pink Lady Weekend will be held in the apple grower’s paradise of Lenswood 6 to 7 May 2017. Hosted by The Apple and Pear Growers Association of SA, this event is a wonderful reason to visit a few orchards to meet the growers, discover how the fruit is produced, and pick Pink Lady apples to your heart’s content! Learn about the different varieties, feast on homemade apple crumble and bring fresh apples home to enjoy. Stay up to date with details on the Facebook page.
Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf (SA Tourism Commission)
Strawberry picking continues in autumn at Beerenberg Farm just out of Hahndorf. Come along to forage for your own big, juicy strawberries through until April. Our tip is to always check Beerenberg’s website in the top right hand corner and their Facebook page to see if the strawberry patch is open. While at the Beerenberg Farm Shop be sure to try a Berryberg Swirl - a silky blend of Golden North Vanilla ice cream mixed with frozen farm fresh berries! If you’re not up for a day of picking but are keen to get a taste of this season’s strawberries visit the Walkers International Farm Shed at Mylor where they can be purchased seven days a week.
Persimmons at Nirvana Organic Farm (Adelaide Hills Tourism)
Nirvana Organic Farm at Healthfield (just a few minutes from Stirling) employs bio-dynamic methods to farm their produce and offers the fruits of their labour for sale. Autumn highlights include chestnuts, feijoas, persimmons, mushrooms, jams and preserves. Visit the farm for a tour of the property to learn more about bio-dynamic farming methods (bookings essential) or catch Quentin selling hot roasted chestnuts on the main street of Stirling on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons from April to June. Visit their Facebook page for updates and more information.
Of course other great options for local fresh produce are the Farmers Markets - try Adelaide Hills Farmers Market in Mount Barker and Mount Pleasant Farmers Market in Mount Pleasant (both on Saturday mornings) and for more market options see our Markets Page.
So start searching for recipes to cook up a feast with the wide variety of local produce available to purchase, forage and pick in the Adelaide Hills this harvest season!