expired Pick Your Own Satsuma Mandarins - All You Can Pick/Eat for Free @ Ford's Farm [Outer Sydney]
This was posted 10 months 7 days ago, and might be an out-dated deal
Took the family to Ford's Farm for mandarin picking on Saturday. The owners of the orchard told us that they have had a huge crop of Satsuma mandarins, and as it is late in the season, they are giving away all the satsuma mandarins for free, just pick as much as you want. You can also eat as much as you want. Whatever is not picked by the end of August will be fed to the farm animals or thrown out.
Buckets and scissors are provided for your use. You may wish to bring your own bags to transport the mandarins back home. They also have tables and chairs where you can have a picnic.
The mandarins don't look shiny and attractive but they are surprisingly sweet and juicy (as late season fruit tend to be), easy to peel, without pips. They are great for eating, juicing and making jam. Managed to make marmalade for the first time last night - and it was much fresher tasting than the store-bought stuff. Recipe is posted in comment below
I was told to 'spread the word' as they need 'free labour'. :P
In terms of location, it is near wiseman's ferry, probably 1-1.5 hours drive depending on where you are in Sydney. Please do not follow your GPS but the route explained on their website:
It is a pleasant drive and there is a really nice lookup (Hawkins Lookout) on the way to see Hawkesbury river from high.
Important: Only the satsuma mandarins are free. Other varieties such as Hickson mandarins and Cumquats are charged by weight. They are open 10am - 4pm Weekends & Public Holidays. (http://www.fordsfarm.com.au/open-times). In case deal gets OzBargained, you may want to ring beforehand for the availability of the free satsuma mandarins. As of Saturday they still had heaps of fruit on the trees.