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).
IMPORTED CHEESE SUPPLIERS
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.