ALPINE AP­PLES

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

From Mt Hotham: 63km – 1hr7min From Falls Creek: 67.5km - 1hr24min

Ap­ples, nuts and other fresh fruit and pro­duce are all avail­able from the Alpine Ap­ples sales out­let in Wandiligong. The Nightin­gale fam­ily have been grow­ing ap­ples in the Wandiligong area for over 60 years. What started with a 48-hectare or­chard is now al­most 10 times big­ger with Nightin­gale Bros now man­ag­ing around 400 hectares of fruit spread across five or­chards in Vic­to­ria and NSW. At this time of year all va­ri­eties of ap­ples are avail­able while per­sim­mons, a crunchy ap­ple-like fruit, are also in sea­son from mid-May to the end of July. There are jams, oils and honey and if you haven’t had Nightin­gale’s fa­mous ap­ple juice or their new range of al­co­holic and sparkling ciders - which have re­ceived rave re­views since en­ter­ing the mar­ket - make sure you do. Wan­di­ful Pro­duce, another farm gate store and sea­sonal café is just a kilo­me­tre down the road and is well worth a look.

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