Our farm gate store in the black barn is as seasonal as it comes, what you’ll find on the shelves will be different every single day depending on the time of year, the weather and how busy we’ve been. You'll find a range of seasonal fresh produce, frozen berries, farm grown teas, gardening tools, seeds, locally made gifts and homesteading accessories/books.
You'll also find a large range of potted heritage apple trees, thornless blackberries, currents and other potted plants too. If you love what you've picked in the orchard be sure to take a plant home for your own backyard.
WHAT'S PICKING IN 2024?
Raspberry, Tayberry, Silvanberry, Marianberry, Ouchita, Navahoe, Chester and Black Current will all be picking in abundance in 2023 (until picked out). We won’t be offering pick your own apples or pears this year however they will appear for sale from our farm when available.
Where Are We?
Take an off-the-beaten-track meander through the rolling hills of Stanley to Black Barn Farm. We are located at 60 Lower Nine Mile Rd, Stanley (see map below). We are about 10 minutes drive from Beechworth. Head to our Facebook page for up to date information on what varieties are ripe for the picking each week.
Healthy food, Healthy Humans!
Because we don’t like eating food with artificial insecticides, fertilisers or fungicides, we figure you don’t either, and here’s a tip, neither does mother nature. We only use certified organic fertilisers, pest control methods and go the extra mile to do many things by hand, such as weeding and thinning surplus blossom rather than use chemical thinners. This deep consideration for our orchard ecosystem takes more time and costs us more but this means you and your troops can eat our food straight from the paddock with no worries to be had – what a treat!
What to bring so she’ll be apples
On arrival please check in at the Black Barn before entering the orchard. You are welcome to bring your own bucket, container or any other sturdy vessel you can lay your hands on to fill as you pick up a storm. We do have 100% compostable containers and lids for purchase from the barn. Remember hats and water bottles in summer and warm clothes as the season moves into autumn. During cold weather we will often have a fire pit burning to warm you up.
Dough Bros Fresh Apple Cider Doughnuts
Head to the ‘Dough Bros’ stand and order yourself the best apple cider doughnuts in Australia (given they’re the only apple cider doughnuts in Australia this is a pretty safe claim we figure). The Dough Bros typically man the stand 10am - 3pm whilst we are open for pick your own.
The Cost: Fruit by the kilo
We don’t charge an entry fee, you simply pay per kilo for what you pick. All u-pick berries for the 23/24 season are are $18/kg. We do charge $3 per person for those wishing to sample some fruit as they pick, this is not an all you can eat pass though, please be respectful and fair.
We accept cash and eftpos.
Sharing the Spoils
We love nothing more than seeing ruby cheeked cherubs running up and down the orchard and berry rows. It really is a place where kids are supposed to be, they intuitively feel the magic and their desire to explore is bold. We love this…we really do! But equally, we love it when Mum and Dad explain the boundaries to their little explorers and respect that fruit trees are for growing fruit, not climbing, fruit is for eating, not throwing and the farmer (that’s us) has worked really really hard to grow the amazing food so we don’t want to see it (or us) disrespected. Please keep a constant eye on your kids. Please note too that there are open water bodies, farm machinery and animals, so please obey the signage and respect the out of bounds areas of the farm.
Four legged friends
Because we have free ranging chickens and geese as well as two farm dogs of our own, it unfortunately means you cannot bring your 4 legged pooch with you (seeing eye and assistance dogs are of course warmly welcomed).