Yarrimbah Farm (#051)

Yarrimbah Farm

Shane and Debbie Stranges passion for growing plants together began in the mid 80’s when they started a pop up nursery to fund a trip around Australia (1987). Shane and Deb cultivated hundreds of small plants; roses, orchids & geranium and sold them at the Frankston market each week for almost a year on the side, Shane was working as a nurseryman and Deb at her family’s local mower shop in Hastings.
Shane grew up on a vineyard in Mildura, and has been connected to the land ever since, memories of taking cuttings and planting them at just five years old with his Aunty and Nan are some of his fondest. His professional career began at Georyl nursery in Tyabb as a nurseryman specialising in flowers.
After the big trip Shane retuned to work at Shoreham valley palms where he was approached by the vineyard manager from Tucks Ridge, knowing Shane had grown up on a vineyard, he asked if he knew how to prune grapes, like second nature to Shane he showed them how to prune and began casually working on the vineyard. After about 6 months Tucks Ridge offered him a full time position to learn the ropes as Vineyard Manager and in 3 years’ time Shane become the Head Viticulturist. Shane and Deb moved onto the vineyard, Deb was working the cellar door at Tucks Ridge, while Shane managed the vineyard dusk ‘til dawn.
In 1988 Red Hill Vigneron Services (RHVS) was developed, Shane in partnership with 2 others started contracting their knowledge and established over 50 renowned vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula. After many years working with “RHVS” Shane went out on his own and started another business concentrating on Viticulture and Property Consultancy, while Deb raised their 4 children (Joel 28, Taylah 26, Korey 24 & Matilda 16).
In 2003 the Strange family purchased the family property on Coolart Road, Bittern, today known as Yarrimbah farm, Aboriginal for “Meeting Place on the Hill”, a 7acre micro market garden where they specialise in growing chemical free Red, Gold, Black & Purple Raspberries, Tayberries, Loganberries, Silvanberries, Blackberries, Dwarf Apples, Peaches, Purple, White & green Asparagus and Garlic.
Shane & Deb’s main focus lies in growing speciality and rare variety plants, chemically free, to supply local farmgates and restaurants fresh from the paddock. All of their produce is picked to perfect ripeness and delivered daily.

For more information don’t hesitate to call

Farmgate: No

Markets: No

Stockists: Benton Rise Farm Train, Torello Farm, Edigrocer Edithvale, Mock Red Hill

79 Coolart Rd, Bittern VIC 3918

Mobile – 0428 138 331 (Shane)

Email – dst93048@bigpond.net.au

Instagram – @Yarrimbah_Farm Facebook – /Yarrimbahfarm

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Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (#012)

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.

Call us or visit our website for more information:

Farmgate: YES

Markets:

Stockists: Local Fruit shops

244 Shands Road, Main Ridge, Victoria  3928

– (03) 5989 4500

Fax (03) 5989 6363

www.sunnyridge.com.au/

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Rocky Creek Farm (#054)

 

The newest addition to the you-pick trail, Rocky Creek Farm opened it’s gates in December 2020. Grab a bucket and put on your walking shoes to pick the freshest berries you will taste. Extensive plantings of blueberries, thornless blackberries, cherries and strawberries means there is something to pick from Spring through till the end of summer.

Alternatively drop in to the farm gate to buy great value punnets of your favourite fruit plus other seasonal delights like rhubarb, lemon, and vegetables.

Find us on Roberts road, Main Ridge. Turn off Mornington – Flinders Road and take the first gate on your left.

Entry is $5 per person

For more information don’t hesitate to call or email:

Farmgate: Yes, open 10 – 4pm weekdays, 9 – 5pm weekends. While stock is available

Markets: No

Stockists: Fruit from the Ridge

Main Ridge Victoria

Mobile – 0481 466 764

Email – rockycreekfarmgate@yahoo.com

Website: www.fruitsfromtheridge.com.au  Instagram / Facebook

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