In 1964 parents Pietro and Rosa Gallace, their four children; Ralph, John, Catherine and Michael moved to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne, and developed a cherry and apple orchard at Main Ridge. It was Pietro’s dream to own a farm.
But – apple and cherry orchards took 5-7 years to bear fruit. What they do in the meantime to survive?
Strawberries! Strawberries planted in May bore fruit in November. How good was that! What was even better, they all knew how to pick them, as they had completed harvest training at Nick Tedesco’s strawberry farm, right across the road.
Within 10 years they were growing approximately 10 acres and 200,000 plants. In no time berries were being picked, packed and shipped to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and on odd occasions to Singapore and Hong Kong. By the early 1980s a painful decision was made: the apple orchard would have to go! They needed the land to expand the berry business.
Today, Sunny Ridge grows berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries at their Mornington Peninsula Farm.