Page updated 8.30am Thursday 23 March 2017


Fresh cherries – a fleeting summer pleasure

Summer is disappearing into a gentle golden autumn. And our cherry fruit has been enjoyed and is now gone until December 2017.

If you are planning a trip to South Australia and the Adelaide Hills in December 2017, you can book a visit with us.

Why book?

Booking guarantees you entry and gives you priority. It’s free.

It means you can plan to bring friends and know you will get in and find nice cherries. If  we have a weather disaster  we will let you know so that you can change your plans. If possible we will offer you another booking.

We have rows reserved for people who book.

A few days before your visit, we will email you an update about the quality of the cherries, the varieties for picking, and their prices.

December 2017 Bookings

Our cherries are normally ready in early December, and we are offering bookings for December and will update our start and finish dates as the season unfolds.  We may be able to open in late November, we may run into early January. It depends whether the September Spring is early or late.

To talk to us about a booking email cherries@marblehillcherries.com

Got a date in mind?  click here.

 

Thank you everyone who visited us this year.

We really appreciated your understanding about the reduced number of cherries, the lateness of the cherry season and your willingness to share the cherries around.

We hope we will be back to a normal cherry crop next summer, especially after the frequent soaking rains we have had this year.

The nets are off, the birds are looking for last cherries, we are about to start pruning, and feeding the trees for next year’s fruit.

We wish you all the best for 2017.

Helen and Paul and the Marble Hill cherries team this year, Melanie, Angus, Andrew, Alison, Annie, Gordon, Lily, Mary & Victor.

What to Wear
What to Bring
Food and Drink
Cherry Ice Cream
What’s Here?
Entry Fees
Prices
EFTPOS Available
What If Someone Can’t Walk Very Far?
Opening Times May Change When:
How long will the cherries keep?

About Marble Hill Cherries

Marble Hill Cherries is a specialist Pick-Your- Own cherry orchard in the scenic Adelaide Hills.  It is only 20 minutes from central Adelaide, and 45 minutes from Adelaide Airport.  There is native bush near the cherries, and you may  see a koala near the packing shed.  We suggest you allow 2-3 hours to enjoy the orchard.

 What to Wear

 We suggest you wear an  old shirt, a hat, sneakers and jeans.  Bring a jacket, it is always cooler and fresher in the hills.

For “hands free”, faster picking, bring a belt – you can loop it through the bucket handle, so the belt holds the bucket for you.  Then you are free to pick with both hands.

Put children in old clothes,  they will get cherry juice on themselves.   There is no easy way of getting cherry stains out of good clothing.  One customer has found that she can get out stains from cotton clothing with  Bosistos pre-wash Stain Remover , with eucalyptus oil  200 mL   (Thank you Mary).  Bring your camera.

 Why jeans and  sneakers?  It is the country, everyone feels much better if their legs and feet are protected.  Shoes with a good grip like sneakers are strongly recommended. Don’t wear shoes that slip easily or that are hard to walk in.

Sensible Shoes please

Leave those gorgeous Jimmy Choos  in the car and bring a spare pair of sneakers to change into for comfortable walking about in the orchard.

We provide free sunscreen cream, in case yours was left at home.


 

What to Bring

Just yourselves really.

We lend buckets for picking the cherries and you can take your cherries home in a cherry bag.

We also provide   1 kg clear punnets,  and 2kg and 5kg cherry boxes at cost, if you would like to gift package your cherries.

If you want to bring your own buckets or containers, just ask us to weigh them for you before you start picking, to make sure you are not paying for their weight as well as your cherries.


 

Food and Drink

Yes, you can bring your own food and drink to eat in the orchard. There are tables and chairs available.

We have cherry and other ice-cream every day and weekend sausage sizzles at the orchard.

We provide free filtered rain water.

Cherry Ice Cream

Pictured below is our Marble Hill Cherry Icecream made for us by Peter, Kathy and the team at Gelista.

It takes about 1kg of our sour cherries for each 2 litres of ice cream. Exclusive to Marble Hill Cherries. It may be available at one or two other venues, if we have enough cherries.

.new cherry ice cream

 

 


 

Opening Times May Change When:

Our normal opening times are: 9 am  – 6 pm, but you must be in by 5 pm for picking.
If the predicted temperature is 33 degrees and over, we are open from  7.30 am – 2 pm for people who like to pick in the cool of the morning.  It is comfortable picking in the shade of the trees until about 1pm. After that it is better to scoot off to the beach or back to the air-conditioning.

Closed: The orchard is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance, and 25 & 26 December (Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

For everyone’s safety, the orchard is closed when a Catastrophic Fire Day is declared. Click here for Fire Bans, we are in the Mt Lofty Region.

Due to  unpredictable rain damage, we may sell out of one variety, and need to close until more cherries are ripe.  We are sorry, and just as disappointed as you, if we run out of cherries.


 

Prices

Prices are based on the quality of the fruit, and the ease of picking, and set about $2/kg less than mid-range shed door (wholesale) cherries and are usually $5- $8 less than the same quality retail.

Prices are displayed at the front gate

We aim to grow high quality cherries.

They are big and beautiful, but not the cheapest you can find.


 

Entry Fees

There is an entry fee for picking cherries of $5/person  for people aged 13-60 and $3/ person over 60. People over 80 and children under 13 are free.

Your entry fee covers tasting while you pick.  There is no student discount, because students eat lots of cherries that have taken a year of hard work to grow.

On a budget?

We are very happy to mark the buckets to show how much is 1 kilo, or give you a box that will hold only a kilo. Parents  find this helpful, to make sure that the children don’t blow the family budget. We can also show you to rows where it will take longer to hunt out and find cherries, thus giving your family more time in the orchard without breaking the bank.  You will be rewarded with lovely cherries, that have taken a bit longer to find.

 


 

EFTPOS Available

We take  Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.

 


 

What’s Here?

In the orchard there is a shelter, and picnic tables, and  chairs on a first come, first seated basis. Usually everyone can find somewhere to sit.

Toilets: It’s the countryside, not glamorous or fancy,  but we do have  basic flush toilets in the orchard and another at the Packing Shed.

Bring a picnic blanket, you are welcome to picnic among the cherry trees.

The Packing Shed

Our rustic Packing Shed close to the koalas will be available for groups  of 15 or more to book. See   Information for Groups for more  about the Packing Shed


 

No Car? Try a Minibus or Maxi Taxis

Paul Kane of Essay Bus Hire and Tours knows the cherry farm. His bus will take about 15 people (check with him) ph 0417 843 108.

If you do not have a car, search for  Maxi Taxis.  There are several companies with large cars and mini vans that can take between 7-11 people.

Adelaide Independent Taxis  Ph:  13 22 11

13 MAXI  Ph:  13 6294

 Click for Directions to Marble Hill Cherries, Marble Hill Rd Ashton.

 


 

How long will the cherries keep?

Our cherries should keep 4 weeks if you keep them stored in the fridge at all times.  This means you can pick your Christmas cherries any time in December and have lovely cherries as long as you don’t eat them first.  Hide your cherries from two legged fridge rats in your household.  If you want to keep them for 4-8 weeks ask us to dip them in a mild fungicide.


Can I make a booking? Yes we are taking bookings for December 2017 

Please click here to go to the Bookings page for dates and information.

Will there be cherries after the first week?   Yes.

We have early, mid season and late season cherries so there are always new cherries for each weekend.

Week 1-2   VIOLA  MERCHANT  ( early – mid December)

Week 2- 5   SUMMIT,  STELLA (Stella start and continue through to week 5, Summits are usually sold out after a week)

Week 3-5     BING & VAN

Week 4-6     LAPIN, SIMONE  (usually just before December 22 and in time for Christmas and New Year)

Week 5         Sour Cherries – Morello – great for Persian and other middle eastern rice dishes, for jam, for making your own cherry liqueur

For more about the cherries go to our Varieties Page.


How To Check If We Have Cherries

You can phone and check our daily message during the cherry season (Ph 8390 0327 for recorded message – sorry we cant promise to answer it in person as we are usually busy up in the cherry trees), or check this site for updates.  The best way to contact us is by email to cherries@marblehillcherries.com

Like us on Facebook for quick updates too.


 

What If Someone Can’t Walk Very Far? 

We care about people who can’t walk far or need to sit most of the time.  We want you to be able to be among the cherry trees enjoying the outing with your friends and family.  Send one person up to the sales area to ask for help with transport. We can drive you to a row of cherries, and lend a sturdy armchair if needed.   We reserve some rows for parents with babies, and people who are not steady on their feet.

Take care: the orchard is sloping, with rough grass.  If someone is coming who needs a walking frame, please make sure there are one or two people in your group who can lend an arm to help with walking on uneven ground.

There is a 50m walk up from the car park for everyone else.