Visited Rayner’s Orchard and had a great farm experience there on a sunny day. I was warmly welcomed by the farm owner, Len Rayner and his family when I first entered the farm. Through the introduction of Len, I get to know that it is quite a big farm in Yarra Valley region, growing more than 450 varieties of fruit depending on the season. 

 

It is more than pleasure to join the fruit bottling workshop and got the opportunity to learn to bottle some apricots with the guidance of the staffs. What an awesome experience to be able to preserve the fruit I like and bring it back as a souvenir of the trip! A wonderful lunch was served at the Peach Café after that. 

 

The highlight of the farm tour was the tractor ride led by Len! A group of tourists from Malaysia and I got the chance to have a look on the farm on the tractor and Len also let us to try lots of fruit that are on season such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, donut peaches etc by stopping around the fruit trees. It was truly amazing to taste the fruits by just picking them from the trees freshly. Besides, I also got the chance to experience the fruit picking machine on farm by getting to a height of two storeys tall. 

 

It was really a memorable experience for a city girl like me where you can know and experience a fruit farm and probably the fruit heaven!!

 

Written by Qi En (Fiona) Teo a visiting Agriculture Student from the University of Queensland

 

 

    在天气晴朗的一天,特地拜访了在亚拉河谷的Rayner果园,并在那儿体验了一天的农场之旅。刚到果园,我立刻被果园的主人,Len和他的家人热力欢迎。在Len的介绍下,我得知这果园的规模可说是亚拉河谷区域中算蛮大的一个,种植超过450种不同种类、不同季节的水果。

    我也有幸参加果园里特有的水果装瓶工作坊,在员工的细心教导下,学习如何将杏子装瓶,保存起来。这让我能够亲手将我喜欢的水果保存起来,并当成手信带回家去!在那之后,我也在桃子咖啡厅享用一顿丰富美味的午餐。

 

    这趟旅程最大的亮点是由园主Len亲自带领的拖拉车之旅!我有幸遇到来自马来西亚的同乡,并与他们一通加入这拖拉车之旅,一起到果园里四处看看。Len也边开边停,让我们品尝各种不同的当季水果,像是桃子、油桃、李子、杏子、蟠桃等等。从树上直接把新鲜的水果採下来吃绝对是一个绝无仅有的体验!此外,我也有机会体验亲自操作摘果机的乐趣,还得以升到两层楼的高度鸟瞰果园的绚丽美景。

 

    这绝对是一个难忘的果园之旅,它让我这个城市女孩体验了许多大城市少有的果园风情,更可以说是水果天堂。

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