Here's a couple of bashful young fellows, Wes Johnston and Todd Sheens, from the Torry Hill Orchard in Young, NSW. You'll meet Wes and Todd each Saturday at the Torry Hill Orchard stall at the Capital Region Farmer's Markets. They will be at the markets during cherry season, selling boxes of freshly picked Ron cherries. Peter and I always make a beeline for the stall, as there are also wines, sauces and some yummy cherry pies on sale. The pies are made by a local bakery in Young, using fruit from the Torry Hill Orchard.
Buy also from the Torry Hill Orchard farm shop at 537 Cowra Road, Young, telephone 02 6382 5676.
A visit to Kerry and Stephen Eastlake's park-like Wombat Heights cherry farm is on our list of things to do this Summer. Peter and I had the pleasure of meeting the Eastlakes and sampling their Grog Shed goodies at the Hall Markets this afternoon. You can pick your own cherries at their cherry farm from mid November to December; peaches in the first two weeks of January; and sugar plums at the end of January into February. If you'd like to learn about life on a cherry orchard and the making of cherry wine and jam, there are tours all year round.
Kerry and Stephen's limoncello was so delicious, we couldn't resist buying a bottle and their walnut rum liqueur had a lovely walnut flavour. I'm looking forward to tasting some of Kerry's jam (she's a great cook from the sounds of things).
Farmers and growers, artisan producers, and wonderful providores.