Cherry pie

A rainy day in summer means a day in the kitchen preserving fruit, and if you’re lucky enough to grow (or have access to) cherries, then cherry pie is a wonderful place to start. But there’s plenty of other ways of preserving cherries as well. One of our...

Summer in the nursery

Summer in the nursery is time to keep everything alive and thriving. We’ve finished the spring grafting, have mounded up our apple and cherry root stock  in the ‘stool bed’ and the next major action will happen in late summer.   Couch grass is a...

Orange blossom oil – a new venture

One of our Grow Great Fruit members is busily starting a venture harvesting orange blossom from trees on their property to distill to produce neroli, the beautiful scented orange blossom oil. Here’s her story of their first crack at it this season (and by the...

Packing shed — the slide show

We’re in the middle of our annual review process, and got talking about how far we’ve come in the last few years since the flood in 2011. In the dry years we’ve had since, it’s easy to forget what it was like, so to remind you here’s a...

From cherries to apples….

Our cherry block used to be one of our favourite places on the farm – 1,000 trees producing beautiful lush cherries, year after year. It was hugely popular with the pick-your-own crowds from Melbourne, and was generally a nice place to be. This all changed...