The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

OR­CHARD buys are best; a few also grow English and her­itage ap­ples. Drought has rav­aged crops this year, but hopes are high for next year’s har­vest.

Lorien­dale Or­chard, 16 Car­ring­ton Rd, Wal­la­roo (north of Can­berra), NSW. All or­ganic. English and Scot­tish ap­ples in­clude au­tumn pear­main, Cox’s orange pip­pin and Bramley; and French va­ri­eties, Reinette and Or­lean. There are new plant­ings this year. French d’An­jou and beurre bosc pears. Open Satur­days dur­ing har­vest, early De­cem­ber to the end of May; cher­ries in De­cem­ber. Sup­plies Wol­lon­gong, Bowral and Can­berra or­ganic re­tail­ers. An­nual open day: April 5. www.lorien­dale.com.au.

Wil­gro Or­chards, 4066 Bat­low Rd, Bat­low, NSW. Four va­ri­eties of her­itage ap­ples in small quan­ti­ties. Open dur­ing ap­ple har­vest, late Fe­bru­ary to mid-June; for cher­ries, De­cem­ber-Jan­uary. Seven days. www.wilgroor­chards.com.au.

Pial­ligo Ap­ples (Jonathan Banks), 10 Beltana Rd, Pial­ligo, ACT. Wide range of or­ganic ap­ples and pears, in­clud­ing Bram­leys (avail­able for about a week in mid-Jan­uary). Open week­ends, mid-Fe­bru­ary to early June, de­pend­ing on har­vests (02) 6248 9228.

Old Gold­fields Or­chard & The Cider Fac­tory, Don­ny­brook, West­ern Aus­tralia. www.old­gold­fields.com.au.

Au­mann Fam­ily Or­chard, 150 Har­ris Gully Rd, War­randyte, Vic­to­ria. www.au­mann.com.au.

Chris Steen­holts, Sala­manca Mar­kets, Ho­bart, sells her­itage ap­ples in sea­son.

Sorell Fruit Farm, 174 Pawleena Rd, Sorell, Tas­ma­nia. www.sor­rell­fruit­farm.com.

M & F Francis, Francis Or­chards (Esper­ance Bay Or­chards), Francis Town Rd, Dover, Tas­ma­nia (03) 6298 1519.

Bob Mag­nus, Wood­bridge, Tas­ma­nia, grows 200 va­ri­eties of dwarf her­itage fruit trees for graft­ing and tree sales. www.wood­bridge­fruit­trees.com.au.

In SA, ask for her­itage ap­ples at or­ganic sup­pli­ers such as The Or­ganic Mar­ket and Cafe, Stir­ling (www.or­gan­ic­mar­ket.com.au).


For Euro­pean cheeses, in­clud­ing va­ri­eties such as Fourme d’Am­bert, gor­gonzola, ro­que­fort and stil­ton:

David Jones food halls in NSW, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and West­ern Aus­tralia. www.davidjones.com.au.

Si­mon John­son stores in NSW, Vic­to­ria and WA. www.si­mon­john­son.com.au.

Jones the Gro­cer in NSW, ACT, Queens­land and SA. www.jon­es­thegro­cer.com.

Rich­mond Hill Cafe and Larder, 48-50 Bridge Rd, Rich­mond, Vic­to­ria. www.rhcl.com.au.

Ade­laide’s Cen­tral Mar­ket spe­cial­ist cheese stalls: Leo’s Cheese Stall, the Smelly Cheese Shop, Say Cheese; and del­i­catessens: Cons, Jag­ger Fine Foods, Stall 55. www.cen­tral­mar­ket­tour.com.au.

Queens­land: Palat­able Part­ners, 2/77 River­side Pl, Morn­ing­side. www.palat­ablepart­ners.com.au.

Vic­to­ria: The French Shop, Shop 1-2, Dairy Pro­duce Hall, Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket. www.qvm.com.au.

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