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 As the weather warms up get ready to head to the Hills to enjoy the region's bountiful summer harvest! Taste the season and enjoy the sweetest fruit picked by your very own hand in the cherry and fig orchards, and the strawberry patch.

 Fruit picking is the perfect activity on a warm summer day – grab some friends or the whole family and get picking! Relax and unwind afterwards with lunch at one of the region's many wineries or grab a Plentiful Pickings Picnic Trail cooler bag and from the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre in Hahndorf and stock it with goodies from local producers to graze and enjoy.  

Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf

Strawberry Picking at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf (SA Tourism Commission)

Head to Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf and pick the new season strawberries! Due to the cooler weather the season started a little later than usual but there are now plenty of big, juicy strawberries that are the perfect sweet treat for those hot summer days. Remember 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.

Cherry Picking in the Adelaide Hills

 Cherry Picking in the Adelaide Hills (SA Tourism Commission)

Cherries are also in season from December to January. Download the Cherries SA cherry map for your guide to orchards to visit. Some growers offer picking, others shed door sales only but you’ll get all the information you need with this handy map. Most orchards will charge an entry fee, then you can pick to your heart’s delight. Cherries are usually priced on weight and the price varies season to season. This season there will be a lighter crop so make sure you get in quick and it's worth checking with each orchard to see if cherries are available before visiting! Lennane Orchards in Montacute offers shed door sales and a fantastic 'pick your own' experience, taking visitors up the steep orchard in a buggy and providing a cafe and picnic areas. Kenton Valley Cherries in Gumeracha offers shed door sales (no picking) and a cherry cafe offering Devonshire teas and desserts, espresso coffee, cherry pies and ice cream. They have an amazing Christmas-themed gift shop and an enticing array of beautifully presented homemade cherry jams, pastes and sauces. Others specialise in 'pick your own' with no shed door sales, like Marble Hill Cherries at Ashton just 25 minutes from the CBD. Here you can make an booking and reserve a row which guarantees entry - and don't miss the special cherry ice cream made by Gelista using Marble Hill Cherries!

 

Cherries, Adelaide Hills

 Adelaide Hills Cherries (SA Tourism Commission)

Go fig-crazy with the ultimate fig picking experience at the Willabrand orchards on Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton (available from February to April) where they are celebrating 150 years of fig growing in the picturesque hills. Fill your basket with fresh figs then head to the Fig Bar for a chilled wine and have your figs served up with a selection of local Adelaide Hills cheeses! The Fig Bar also features delicious fig ice cream – a must for those hot summer days. Pre-picked figs can also be purchased along with locally made delectable offerings such as fig jam, chocolate enrobed figs and chocolate filglettes.

Fig Picking, Glen Ewin Estate, Adelaide Hills

 Fresh Figs from Willabrand Orchard, Glen Ewin Estate in the Adelaide Hills (image credit Willabrand Orchard)

 

Fig Bar 2015

 The Fig Bar at Willabrand Orchards at Glen Ewin Estate (image courtesy Glen Ewin Estate)