Pick your own fruit at Bilpin

Hello everybody! Welcome back to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to help people find their way to a healthier lifestyle. I mostly talk about exercise, nutrition and the science behind them, which are my areas of expertise, but I also talk about sleeping habits, minimalism and many other subjects related to wellbeing and healthy lifestyle. 

Today, Harry and I decided to do something different. We drove one hour out of Sydney into the Blue Mountains to a little village called Bilpin. He had this sweet memory of when he has a kid and he went with his parents, and they picked up their own fruit from the farm. So this is what we did today!

As someone who firmly believes in a plant-based diet, a fruit lover, and an environmentally friendly supporter, I absolutely loved the idea. Sydney, as well as many cities in Australia and around the world, is suffering from food shortages. One of the reasons why we have had less fruit than other years in our supermarkets shelves is because there’s not enough people picking up the produce. In the years before COVID, it was the international visa holders who went to spend time in the farms doing this hard work. Work and Holiday visa holders had to go to the farm for three months to extend their visa for another year, and many travellers who want to go around Australia find a temporary job in farms. Ever since Australia stopped welcoming these people, the fruit has not been picked up with the obvious consequences.

To do this great activity, you’ll need a car to get there. Otherwise, there are also public transport options. Carpooling with your friends or family is the best option. I recommend you to put boots on, it can get muddy! You’ll also need some bags. Don’t worry though if you forgot (like we did). They have reusable bags available at the entrance!

Bilpin Fruit Bowl is owned by a family: Simon and Margaret Tadrosse and their three daughters, one son, and one grandson. Their business consists on the awesome farm Harry and I spent a great morning at, and a lovely shop where they sell some of the harvest as well as other products such as jams, honey, little presents, among other goods. They also make their own apple pies, meat pies, cakes, slices, and scones. You can find out more about them, their opening hours, other fruit available in different moments of the year and much more in their website!

At the moment, there’s no need to make a booking. They’re just accepting walk-ins. When you get there, you’ll need to pay for the entry and the bags if you don’t have. We paid just $12 for both of us and one bag! At the end of the picking up adventure, they’ll weigh your fruit and you’ll pay for whatever you got. On top of that, you can eat a piece of fruit while you’re busy picking them up!

This activity is perfect for any occasion. You can do it by yourself, with friends, with your partner, or with your family. It’s a great way for kids to learn more about fruit, where it comes from, what it takes to pick it up, as well as teaching them about healthy food and environment. A day they won’t forget!

It’s difficult to do this very often unless you live very close to this kind of farm, it’s much more convenient to go the nearest supermarket, though I believe doing this once in a while is a great choice in many ways. If you don’t live in Sydney, try to find your nearest “pick your own” farm!

After this delicious adventure, we went to the other side of the road to grab a bite. We had a homemade apple pie that tasted like heaven.

That’s it for today! I really hope that you enjoy it. If you like what I do and you want to support this project, follow me on Instagram and Facebook, like the post and comment! Should you have feedback you’d like to leave, a comment to share with me, or a cool idea for a post, send me an email to sanchisayslifestyle@gmail.com

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