Nicklup Orchard

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Yesterday we visited Nicklup Orchard to buy local stone fruit. We are on holidays again in Albany, the beautiful coastal town in the south west corner of Western Australia. Nicklup Orchard is located along Moonlight Road,  Lower Kalgan in Albany.  Turn down East Bank Road at the eastern end of the Lower Kalgan bridge, follow this for just under 2km before turning right onto Moonlight Road. The orchard is clearly signed and for a while the road meanders alongside the Kalgan River.  Nicklup Orchard has a small rustic farm shop situated on the family orchard that grows stonefruit, apples, pears and quinces.  The orchard shop is only open in the warmer months, closing in April each year.  During our visit, there was a number of varieties of peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums, macadamia nuts in shell, handmade jams and dried peach fruit leather. I love the old vintage cash register, artwork and the view of Lower Kalgan River and Oyster Harbour from the orchard car park. It is a fun outing for small children too as you can wander down to the chook yard, watch the speckled hens and roosters or have a peek into the orchard itself. The stone fruit was a flat $5.50/kg for all fruit. This is an easy way to try different heirloom varieties as you can mix stone fruit in the one bag for weighing.  The love for growing and preserving heritage stone fruit is evident and the owner was happy to share knowledge about the fruit – for example the Tatura Clingstone peach is crisp and firm whereas the Loring Freestone Peach is soft, juicy and sweet. Definetely worth a stop over if you are in the area but bring cash as there is no EFTPOS facilites.

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