Spending a little time with friends and getting some sun were two of my top 5 tips for beating Winter blues, which makes fruit-picking even more of a great trip to plan.
The pick-you-own fruit farm that we visited is called Watkin's Family Farm and is near Wiseman's Ferry. This pretty orchard, which has the added bonus of a few sheep, goats and a Shetland Pony, was first established in 1901 and is growing year on year. A great thing to see for a local business that gives so many people a great place to go. you can still pick mandarins right up until September - as long as there are some left on the trees. I'd advise going as early as you can get there because we got there at around midday, just as lots of others were arriving. Even so, the orchard is big enough that we got to wander through rows of tress just by ourselves because we walked a few extra metres than other people.
There are lots of other places to pick fruit, and it's not just Mandarins either, depending on the time of year you can get apples, peaches, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, kumquats, plums, nectarines, raspberries, loganberries, boysenberries and probably more! I found a great list on Ellas List which gives you lots of different websites and contact details for picking your own fruit around Sydney.
Personally I'm looking forward to the cherry season! My Nan used to make me cherry pie and cherry crumble to take to uni, so I might try my hand at both of those. If you're lucky they might make an appearance in the studio too.
Let us know if you go to any orchards for some fun fruit picking. If you have too many to get through yourself please bring some to the studio to share with others, because sharing is caring.