We are closed for picking mandarins for 2020 season. We will reopen in June and will commence taking bookings in late May 2021.
Fords Farm is now closed for picking as all our fruit has been picked. Thank you to all our customers who support us. The police closed our road due to congestion at other farms before us and our customers were unable to reach us.
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 we have a smaller crop of both Satsumas and Imperials because of the drought.
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 17 years and has developed with help from our customers.
We look forward to welcoming visitors in June each year to pick mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes. We close once all mandarins have been picked and re-open in July for cumquats. Unfortunately we cannot allow any picnics in the orchard this year.
Visit our “shed” for jams, chutney, cordial and honey all from produce grown on the farm. The honey is different every year as the bees forage on whatever is available at the time. It is pure with no additives in the honey.
PLEASE NOTE: We are limited as to the number of people allowed on the property at any one time due to Covid19 regulations so please be patient if you are unable to enter the farm. All visitors must book online on our website and follow the social distancing regulations. If you have not booked or are ill you will not be allowed to enter.
Starts at 8am and finishes 12 noon.
Runs the Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday of Every Month, except January.
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 showgrounds. 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 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 !
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.
Open from 7th August - for sales call 0417 042 460
Closed until 7th August - contact us for sales on 0417 042 460
Open (we hope) for Camellia/Spring season in August
Wildwood is a garden in Bilpin which has been developing for more than 30 years due to the efforts & skills of Wayne & Sue Tapping who bought the land in the early eighties.
They chose the name Wildwood as their plan was to make a formal garden without losing the wildness of the native landscape. They have decided that the property has now got to the stage that it should be available for everyone to appreciate.
Situated in the heart of Bilpin amid the orchards & tall trees of the Blue Mountains it is a large garden many would love to explore.
It is not just a place to wander in and enjoy the plantings as it has a café with fabulous views, a gift shop & specialist nursery with treasures propogated from plants in the garden.
There is a cherry walk, dogwoods & other blossom trees, camellias, azaleas, massed clivia, & hellebore, hydrangea, deciduous trees that are spectacular in autumn & ferns that surround a magnificent waterfall with ponds.
There is also a large lake surrounded by lawns & topiary where you can picnic. It has sweeping views, deep volcanic soil, bore water & is a delightful place to visit at any time of year.
They began this garden more than 30 years ago & also opened a retail nursery at nearby North Richmond. The Nursery closed in 2010, allowing the couple to pursue their dream of an open garden with gift shop, nursery & café.
This 5 hectare garden nestles among 10ha of towering native trees. It is set on a gentle slope with broad, crushed granite paths that meander beside a waterfall & ponds then beneath the trees & across sweeping lawns to a tranquil lake. Seats are scattered throughout to encourage visitors to relax & enjoy the atmosphere.
Wildwood’s café serve morning & afternoon teas, snacks & light lunches with delicious sandwiches, salads, cakes, pastries & season specials. There is a selection of homemade goodies which are scrumptious but be sure not to miss out on the Wildwood’s very own homemade apple pie – it is just so delicious. Enjoy a panoramic view over the garden from the café verandah. Visitors are also welcome to picnic by the lake.
The Gift shop and nursery is well stocked with appealing gift ware & local products. The nursery has a range of plants, many of which are propagated from those which are growing in the garden including some rare & unusual finds. You are sure to find something special here
From an Article by Jennifer Stackhouse, Wildwood Open
Open 9:00am to 5PM daily. Please head to the shop on arrival to pay your entry. Bookings are only required for groups of 20+ people
Here at Canoelands orchard we are aiming to give the public the opportunity to buy direct from the farmer.
We Harvest tomatoes March April May June and July
Stone fruit PYO is all of November, December and early January so we will remain open 7 days during all harvests.
We have, honey, jam and chutney all year round and we offer school excursions and tours all year on bee keeping, farm practices and sustainable farming. We offer function bookings and hosted birthday parties.
Our main produce is nectarines but we also grow plums and peaches.
We currently offer pick your own blueberries, nectarines, plums, peaches and tomatoes.
Citrus from 2019, persimmon from 2019, apples from 2020.
We will let you know as each type of Fruit comes into season, so keep in touch. We start with peaches and nectarines late October, we will have plums around the 20th of November. They are yellow flesh candy plums and our Lewis blood plums come in over Christmas/new year. Please keep up to date as the weather will cause variations in timing.
We will also offer farm tours so you can see how it all happens.
We want you to come and experience the aroma of the fruit and enjoy the background of where it comes from.
We have a stall on the property where we sell our fresh produce and our own honey, jams and chutney. We also have a cafe for lunch and coffee, icecreams and drinks also available. Come and relax, bring a picnic along if you like. If you're looking for a beautiful farm and orchard venue for your wedding or other celebration event, then come and see our farm.
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To share a little bit about myself, I am a wife, mum to a baby boy and a qualified chef. Since deciding to start a family, I realised I wanted to do something a little more home based while still sharing my passion for cooking. My husband and I have been making jams, chutneys, pickles and sauces for years as Christmas time gifts for the café we worked at.
This has inspired me to take on this business and continue to provide amazing products used the locally sourced produce from the Dural area.