Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens
Harcourt, Central Victoria
Fresh organic fruit —— growing, selling, educating
We're a family-run business that prides itself on growing healthy certified organic fruit that tastes great, and teaching others how to do the same.
We grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. We’re aware of the changing climate, so the farming methods we use help to create solutions, not add to the problem. We've poured years of experience into our farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most...information, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.
Nestled at the foot of Mt Alexander, the farm is planted like an old fashioned “garden” (the early name for an orchard) with small plantings of more than 140 varieties, providing an extended season of fresh fruit off the tree for almost 6 months.
With a combination of careful planning, clever planting, the right storage, and a range of preserving techniques, our farm is a working demonstration of how to keep yourself and your family supplied with healthy organic fruit all year round—without it costing the earth.
Allowing the crop to ripen on the tree means our fruit is known for its rich, sweet flavour—just like fruit used to taste! During the season (mid-November through to April) you can buy our fruit direct from us at farmers' markets or at our farm shop every Friday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Rather eat our fruit than grow your own? Be first to hear about weekly fruit specials during the season with our Fruit Specials newsletter, and follow our Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens Facebook Page for daily farm news.
As well as helping home fruit growers, we also grow and sell our own organic fruit, and love getting feedback from our customers (it helps us know if we're doing a good job). Here's some recent comments we've received...
"Hi, I bought some fruit from you at the Veg Out market--beautiful flavour in the white nectarines!"
---- Marianne Doczi, Veg Out Market, St Kilda, Melbourne
"Just wanted to say thanks for the beautiful plums and peaches, they were fantastic. Thanks for all of your support."
---- Dori Ellington, Local Organics, Melbourne
"We want to thank you for growing and bringing to market all the delicious fruit we have enjoyed over the last few months-we really appreciate your hard work in all weather."
---- Michelle and Derek, Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine, central Victoria
"@MtAlFruit just enjoyed some of your gorgeous nectarines and plums bought at @StKildaFM you can taste the sunshine & love."
---- Michelle Ellis, Veg Out Market, St Kilda, Melbourne
I met you at the market on Saturday, I am the one who likes the ripe fruits. This e-mail is just to say thank you, the apricots that you grow are the best I ever tasted, really succulent. After a day or two in the fruit bowl they were just perfect."
---- Rosie, Castlemaine, central Victoria
How do we do it without chemicals?
Gardening without chemicals, if you're used to relying on them, can feel risky, like you might lose the whole crop if you don't spray. It took us a few years to pluck up the courage to try it, but when we did...a funny thing happened. The problems started disappearing!
Now we're fully certified organic, and we've come up with a range of organic solutions to replace the chemicals. You can feel secure knowing your family is eating healthy fruit with absolutely NO chemicals, from your trees or ours, without breaking the budget!