Bilpin is a part of the Hawkesbury Harvest Trail located in a quiet rural patch of the Blue Mountains just a short drive from Richmond.  This farming precinct of orchards, farms and cafes stretches along a section of the Bells Line of Road. The area is predominately apple country with several orchards offering a “pick your own fruit experience” We have enjoyed apple picking in Bilpin whenever the fruit is in season. This trip I was in for a pleasant surprise. Now you can pick your own vegetables too!

Appleblossom Bilpin Bilpin Fruit Bowl

When Mr 9 and I headed off to Bilpin last Sunday morning we were totally unprepared for the rain that greeted us as we headed up the Bells Line of Road. We didn't let it dampen our spirits as we pulled into the famous Bilpin Fruit Bowl fruit and vegetable farm ready for fresh produce adventure.

Hawkesbury Vally B fruitbowl SD

We chose to pick at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl this time around as I discovered they are also the only “pick your own vegetables” farm in New South Wales. I was excited to get Mr 9 involved as experiences like this help kids love vegetables. 

Bilpin Fruit Bowl Bilpin Apple picking Bilpin Vegetable picking

It was a misty walk along the short length of road from the car park to the orchard. We checked in with the staff at the starting point paying a small fee of $2.50 each. After being given a quick orientation to the general rules of picking and the layout of the farm and we were on our way.

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Within minutes we were off walking through the apple trees, jumping over puddles and spotting ladybugs. I failed to do a footwear check before leaving home so Mr 9’s choice of footwear, his bright blue thongs, ensured he got covered in as much flicked up mud as possible. Note to self, purchase gumboots for future rainy farm visits.

Bilpin Apples Bilpin apple picking Apple Picking Bilpin

After picking as many apples as we could carry we ventured over to the veggies. There were rows of eggplant, tomatoes, capsicum, corn, cucumber, green chilli, kale and spinach. These are all grown chemical free.

B zenpatch purple Kale Bilpin eggplant

Some veggies had been more popular than others but overall we were happy with our harvest.

Bilpin vegetable picking    B pyrex apples

After I paid for our haul I had a quick chat to Fruit Bowl's owner operator Margaret. I soon discovered Margaret was very passionate about Australian grown and owned produce, we both agreed it was unfair that Australian producers are not competing on a level playing field against cheaper imports. We can only hope that last weeks imported frozen berry health crisis would encourage Australians to opt for quality Australian grown produce over inferiorly tested imports.

Bilpin Vegetable picking Picking eggplants at Bilpin Fruitbowl B cf

Margaret also advised me that the vegetable picking was a recent venture for the farm, after a trial last year they have expanded their crop by double this season to cope with the demand. It has proved to be very popular with day visitors to the area.

B apples Apple pies at Bilpin B picnic

Following our chat I washed the mud off Mr 9 then checked out the produce and tempting home made apple pies in the Fruit Bowl onsite store.  Within the store you can purchase local produce and gourmet delicacies like home made apple pies. The pies are made on site. The store also serves coffee cakes and a variety of other treats. There is plenty of undercover seating and a lush picnic area with loads of space for the kids to run around.  We headed towards home deciding break up the journey  by stopping  for a late lunch further down the mountain. We also stopped at a farm gate for some beautiful figs. 

Bilpin figs  Bilpin pies 

Bilpin Fruit Bowl is located at 2093 Bells Line of Road Bilpin. The onsite cafe and fruit shop is open seven days a week 8am - 5.30pm. Pick your own fruit and vegetables operates weekends 10am - 4pm. The picking season runs between November and April depending on produce availability, weather and crowds. Bilpin Fruit Bowl update their Facebook page each Thursday to inform visitors of the variety of fruit and vegetables available for picking over the coming weekend. When in season delicious fruits such as peaches and strawberries may also be available for picking. Sadly I missed those this year but I will be looking out for them next summer. Other attractions in the area include the Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens, Blue Mountains scenic drives, walks, cafes, fruit sheds, farm gates and the list goes on. 

bilpin spinach Bilpin fruit bowl apples

Oh and Mr 9 ate all his veggies at dinner that night, including kale and spinach he picked himself, this day out was definitely a winner!