Mmmm – fresh raspberries and blackberries – need I say more!
At The Bramble Farm in Langwarrin you can pick as many berries as you like – as we did Christmas Eve – it is very easy to spend an hour or so here picking your own berries.
The Bramble Farm is open 7 days a week all year round but harvest time (the time to go and pick your own berries) is between November and April.
There are rows upon rows of blackberries and raspberries. The raspberries were light on when we visited so we were pushing under and around all the vines trying to find them but there were heaps of ripe blackberries and they were really easy for the kids to pick.
The kids were so patient and even though they (well all of us!) walked out with stained fingers they didn’t eat any till we had paid. Not sure how they held out – but the berries didn’t last long once we started eating – so delicious!
I’d recommend closed toe shoes, a hat and also a long sleeve top as there are some spikes as you push past the vines.
The Bramble Farm is a chemical free farm. On a previous visit we asked them how they kept the birds away (our apple tree is attacked by the birds as soon as the apples appear)? They said they buy lots of stale bread from the bakery and put that out for the birds – they are full from the bread so they don’t eat the berries. Fascinating! Might need to try that at home!
There is a little playground for the kids and the owners are really lovely and took us out to the farm and showed us how to pick the ripest berries.
The berries you pick are sold by weight and our couple of full containers cost around $30 (this was 3 of us picking lots of berries). I also bought a little white chocolate and berry compote to try. There is a variety of jams, conserves and honey to purchase which are available year round.
This is a great way to spend an hour or so over summer and next time we are down visiting my parents (who are close by) I think we just might need to stop in again!
The Bramble Farm is under an hour from Melbourne and there is plenty of parking on site.
You could even combine berry picking with a trip to Dinosaur World!
Visit their website here.
Lyppards Road, Langwarrin