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Pick Your Own (PYO) will be available again during selected dates in mid-late December 2020, January & February 2021. Please check back here for further details as updates will be posted as soon as they become available.  Bookings are required for PYO this season.

Details

Pick Your Own Organic Blueberries is a fun activity for all ages.

Bring family and friends and enjoy a unique day out.  PYO organic blueberries and afterwards enjoy a delicious meal, drink, ice-cream, coffee, cold drink, cocktail and more on the huge decks at Cafe Irresistiblue, our orchard cafe.  Please note, bookings are required at the cafe if you would like to have brunch or lunch at the cafe.  Please phone: 834 3501 to make your booking.

Blueberries taste best fresh.  Our certified organic blueberries have no chemicals, no pesticides, no herbicides and no insecticides, so you can be sure they are delicious, nutritious and healthy berries! There is no need to wash our berries before eating them.

PYO offers a great learning experience as you can see how blueberries grow.  We grow many different varieties on our orchard, with different varieties ripening at different times during the season.  Each variety looks and tastes different.

Blueberries freeze very well, so you can pick as many as you like, keeping some aside for fresh and freezing the rest.  Blueberries can be frozen for up to 2 years.

Blueberries are very versatile and can be used in many ways.  Eat them fresh; enjoy them in smoothies; bake with them (muffins, pies, cakes); create savoury chutney; make jam; create blueberry pancakes; … the possibilities are endless.

PYO is not available if it is raining, as it is not pleasant to get wet, and the berries can easily split when wet.  Please phone first if you would like to check the weather or confirm availability on 0800 423 774.

Please report to the Monavale Blueberries office if you would like to PYO as you will be shown where to pick from there.

Cost

Entry fee: $4 per adult (over 12 years old), $2 per child (5-12 years), Under 5 free

A clam shell container will be provided to you when you arrive.  Cost to fill is $20 per container (approximately 1.1kg).   This charge applies whether you completely fill the container or part fill the container.

PYO Terms & Conditions

We would like all of our customers to have an enjoyable PYO experience, so please follow the rules below:

Unlike some other fruit, blueberries ripen in stages, with green, red & blue berries on each bush. Therefore it is important you only pick the ‘bluest’ berries from each bush. We grow over 20 different varieties on our orchard and each variety tastes and looks different. We offer PYO in the blocks that are the ripest at the time.

Please stay in the row or area you have been assigned, as we want to make sure you are getting the ripest, tastiest fruit available. Wandering through the orchard into other areas is not permitted, and you will be asked to leave if you do so. There may be hazards, including machinery etc operating in these areas.  The berries in other areas may not be ripe.

Please pick only the dark blue berries from the bushes.  Do not pick the blue/red, red or green berries as these are unripe and need to stay on the bush longer to ripen.  Please pick all of the dark blue berries on your bush fully before moving onto the next bush (including the berries lower to the ground).  This makes it fair for all of our customers.

You will be shown how to pick blueberries by one of our staff members.  Please pick carefully, holding your hand under the berries while you pick so that they roll into your hands and do not drop to the ground.  If you do drop a berry, you can pick it up as we do not like to be wasteful.

Please refrain from eating the berries until after they have been paid for as it takes a lot of time & effort to produce our blueberries for our customers.

Please respect our orchard and blueberries. Throwing of berries, riping off leaves and destruction of plants and property are not permitted. You may be asked to leave if seen demonstrating such behaviour. It takes a lot of time, effort and resources to produce our organic blueberries.

NO DOGS are permitted on the orchard.

The orchard has a strict no smoking policy (including vaping).

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