Fruit preserving and recipes

Have you tried fruit preserving? It's much easier than you think, fabulous fun, and absolutely the best way to save money while providing nutritious food for your family all year around. Here's a blog we wrote about enjoying the fruits of summer through bottling (canning), freezing, and - best of all - eating! We think you'll love the berry tart recipe!

One summer we had a cherry glut and got busy making cherry pies, amongst other things!

Of course jam is one of the most reliable, easiest and delicious ways of storing summer fruit to eat all winter.

The occasional fruit glut gets the better of us here on the farm, particularly at Christmas time, when peak harvest coincides with family breaks. It's always great to have a handy peach chutney recipe up your sleeve for occasions like these!

But there are lots of other great things to do with fruit as well:

As well as edible value-adding, there are plenty of non-edible uses for fruit:

We are currently updating the website to make it more user-friendly. Please bear with us and excuse the mess as we get it better organised!

About Us

We – Hugh and Katie Finlay – draw on over 15 years' experience as orchardists at our farm, Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens, to bring you the Grow Great Fruit Program, the farm-proven system for home fruit growers.

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Our blog gives a snapshot on various aspects of life on the farm, with regular guest posts by Mel and Sas from the Gung Hoe Growers, and new farmer Ant.

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Grow Great Fruit Program

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.


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