Day 2 of the Twelve Days of Summer series is all about picking your own berries and cherries on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.
Undulating hills surrounded by the sea on the Mornington Peninsula combine to make the ideal mild climate for growing fruit, and December/January is cherry picking season.
We popped into the Ripe n Ready Cherry Farm in Red Hill to pick cherries for the festive season. After paying an ‘eating fee’ we set off into the orchard with a bucket and it wasn’t long until we’d picked a kilo of cherries.
While we could have simply bought a punnet of cherries from the farm shop at the entrance there’s something very satisfying about picking your own and they were delicious!
There are a few options around the peninsula for picking your own cherries and berries, or buying direct from the farm gate. Check out the websites for opening hours, eating fees and cost per kilo:
Pick your own cherries – November to January
Pick your own strawberries – November to April
Blueberries (farm gate only) – December/January