The best cherries are available to you
Victorian cherry growers have rich soils and a moderate climate in order to grow the best cherries for you to enjoy.
Different varieties are grafted onto a rootstock in the orchard and most growers have at least 10 varieties which mature throughout the season.
Each week at least one variety will be ready for picking. Each variety has its own characteristic flavour and texture, even white and sour varieties are sometimes available.
When you go to a "Pick Your Own" cherry orchard, look for cherries that are firm, bright and shiny with fresh green stems. Ask if you are allowed to sample some of the different varieties as they all taste a little different.
Ask if you can buy some of the biggest cherries if you have a special gift or occasion in mind – so you will stun your friends with the size and quality of these very large cherries.
The Victorian cherry season begins in most areas about the first or second week of November and continues through until mid-January. Peak season is in the weeks leading up to Christmas -- so don't miss out for your special Christmas treats and gifts.
The weather can affect the supply of cherries and consumer demand may influence the price in supermarkets and grocers.
Special orders can usually be arranged if you are having a party or special function, so ask the grower.
During the off-peak season it is best to ring the grower to check opening times and availability before visiting.
Group and coach visits are usually welcomed but you should ring ahead to check and book.