Opening again from 5th June, 2017
This is a wonderful orchard set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River.
We grow Emperor, Imperial and Hickson Mandarins for Pick Your Own as well as Washington Navel Oranges.
Later in the season we have Seville Oranges for Pick Your Own
We also have BBQs and picnic tables or you can stroll along the river and enjoy the gorgeous outlook.
Please always telephone ahead.
When you arrive at the farm you will be directed to the Seville Growing section of the Orchard.
You will need to cross the Sackville Ferry. It is the first farm on the right.
Open all weekend, weekdays by appointment, in-season.
Pick Your Own Mandarins
Open all weekend, weekdays by appointment.
Established 1901 by Alfred Watkins. Come and meet his grandson, John Watkins.
View profile for opening specials!
Open Saturdays and Sundays, public from 10am to 4pm till the October long weekend, except the Monday.
Location: Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury. 11km from Wisemans Ferry.
Now open weekends Saturday and Sundays 10am to 4pm lots of fruit to pick!
Watkins Farms is open for seasonal picking and purchase of citrus varieties and picnicking..
Pick Your Own Mandarins
Open all weekend, weekdays by appointment, during the season.
Come and meet living history producing Hawkesbury produce since 1836. First at Mangrove Creek near Spencer, with our current orchard at Wisemans Ferry established in 1901 - the year of Federation, by Great Great Grandfather, Alfred Watkins. Come and meet his grandson John Watkins.
The varieties of mandarins that we grow are; Imperial, a very popular variety, extra juicy and extra large this season, an old family favourite is the Emperor mandarin, grown for many generations, easy to peel with a great flavour, and the last variety of the season is the Hickson, which is available from the middle of August, my personal favourite.
We have installed a 50 people undercover seating and tables with BBQ facilities. You can also bring a blanket and picnic on the grounds.
Great Juicy Crop - Mandarins - Family Fun - Baby Animal Farm and lovely Fresh Honey
We also grow cumquats which we start picking from the middle of July.
We are a member of Freshcare, a safe food program, which enables us to meet the large supermarkets requirements for food safety.
Our farm offers a pick your own orchard with shed packing facilities for any large bulk orders.
Great for the kids, very tasty and good for you at the same time! Free samples are available for everyone and of course it's also available for you to purchase and take home.
There is also plenty of room for parking and the kids to play. Bring a football and picnic lunch and have some fun in a wonderful setting.
Bus and school groups are all welcome, just phone first to a make a booking if it is during the week.
To get here, take the Old Northern Road to Wisemans Ferry and turn right behind the Hotel onto Singleton Road. We are 11 kilometres down the road on the left hand side, the orchard has plenty of signs so we are very easy to find.
Second Orchard Now Open!
With over 2000 trees and plenty of juicy, sweet Imperial Mandarins for you to pick, Watkins Orchard has now opened it's second location to the public!
Watkins second orchard is located on Singleton Rd Wisemans Ferry approximately 100m on your right before the original Watkins Orchard. Just follow the signs!
We are open weekends 10am-4pm. Bring the whole family for a relaxing and fun day out!
We have toilets for ladies and gents.
Starts at 8am and finishes 12 noon.
Runs the Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday of Every Month, except January. Apologies for March 2014, 4th Saturday, we cannot hold the Market due to the Castle Hill Show.
This is a seasonal market and the produce advertised will only be available in season.
The Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Markets are just what the doctor ordered. An abundance of fresh produce to tempt the taste buds of most hunters and gathers.
Let's begin our journey by succumbing to the tantalizing aroma of freshly ground coffee beans brewing away in the crispy early morning air of the Show grounds. As you sip your coffee you will drawn by the perfumes of the many freshly cut blooms as the flower stalls arrange a vast array of colours and species to suit all occasions.
As you do the rounds it's hard not to be drawn to the amazing variety of fresh herbs and spices available. The crispy baby rockets, extra virgin olive oils, sun dried tomatoes and Darling Mills amazing array of olives and fresh basil.
Willowbrae cheesemaker Karen Borg uses a traditional French farmhouse method to produce a variety of goats cheese sold at the markets by her husband David.
Crunchy sourdough breads, traditional pasta's even the staple family meals like bangers and mash can be accommodated.
The fantastic array of gourmet European sausages and the variety of old fashioned Irish spuds will turn a staple Aussie meal into a Chef's delight !
Enjoy browsing through the stalls of fresh fruit and veges, freshly picked berries, crunchy greens, vine ripened tomatoes, stone fruit and our famous Bilpin apples - even an apple pie or two !
Whilst doing that final once around stopping to pick up some exotic Australian Native Foods, yum, Wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup, Desert Quandong jam or some Lemon Myrtle and Native Pepper berry seasoning a must for any good foodies pantry.
Our markets promote the importance of fresh seasonal produce, sustainable local agriculture, showcasing small business and introduce our many visitors to the wonders of our Region. The Hawkesbury.
Closed for picking mandarins but will re-open late May 2018. Check our website for further information.
Ford's Farm is currently closed for the 2017 season. We will re-open in late May 2018 and hope to see you then.
Ford’s Farm is a Pick Your Own citrus orchard specialising in Mandarins. Our first mandarin of the season is the Satsuma, a seedless variety, easy to peel, full of juice and very popular with children. This year there is a smaller crop, but still plenty to pick. The Imperials will also be ready, but improve the longer left on the tree and will be at their best in June.
Ford’s Farm is nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, 15 minutes from Wiseman’s Ferry. The citrus orchard was established over 50 years ago by the Ford family (some original trees still produce fruit – the Emperor Mandarins). It has been a Pick Your Own orchard for over 14 years and has developed with help from our customers.
We will re-open late May 2018 every weekend and public holidays from 10am to 4pm until all the fruit has gone.
Unfortunately due to heavy traffic in the area and the condition of the roads we can no longer cater for large coaches. Small buses are welcome on weekends as long as a booking is made.
We cater for International Tour Groups who wish to visit the farm for educational purposes outside the season. Phone for more information on these tours.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to pick mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and in July cumquats.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 per car, thereafter you only pay for what you pick, we charge by the kg.
We have a picnic area set aside for you to sit and enjoy the quiet bush surroundings. Take a stroll through the orchard to visit and feed our sheep once you have had your picnic.
Visit our “shed” for jams, chutney, cordial and honey all from produce grown on the farm. The year we have infused vinegars and infused oils such as garlic, chilli and rosemary, along with infused salts and sugars for the adventurous cook.
Trading as Hawkesbury Harvest Hampers. Call at any time.
Who is Harvest Hampers?
Harvest Hampers, trading as Hawkesbury Harvest Hampers delivers in season fresh fruit and vegetables to your door.
We value add by adding other local produce (Jams, Chutneys, Native Foods) to your order.
How do we do it
We collaborate with local farmers to make list of fresh produce that is published in the shop section of our website and on Facebook.
Let us know you' are happy with your produce.
Choose one of our standard hampers and add extra items to your cart or make up your own hamper from the produce in our online shop and checkout.
Delivery is made every second Wednesday.
You can pay during checkout or you can pay cash on delivery.
“To provide an alternative system of food that encourages integrated, intelligent and sustainable methods of production and provides it to people in a timely and efficient manner.”
“By buying local, we are giving incentives for farmers to keep on farming, for seeds to be kept, for food to stay in our hands; we are one step forward to our food sovereignty.”