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“Great place to get good quality stone fruit in the summer”
Review of Rayner's Orchard

Rayner's Orchard
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Owner description: Our farm is unique we grow over 450 varieties of fruit and have fruit to pick every day of the year. We offer orchard tractor fruit tasting tours where you will sample 8-10 varieties of fresh picked fruit, these run every day. Our shop has fresh fruit sales, a large range of fruit products We also have a Fruiting plant Nursery on site which specialises in dwarf and super dwarf fruiting trees.. Our cafe offers a range of farm style wholesome food all prepared by our chef. We are open 7 days per week 9am to 5pm ( closed Xmas day)
Reviewed 19 March 2014

The apricots tasted like the ones we used to grow in the backyard. During the heatwave, they 5 kg boxes of nectarines and peaches for $10 a box! fresh tasty fruit worth a visit if you are in the area

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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Very disappointed, we found pretty much everything over priced. Was looking forward to train trip around the orchard but thought that $22 was a bit extreme. We had pies for lunch that were very dry and over cooked. We bought a $10 dollar container of mixed fruit and found them to be much the same tasteless fruit you would get in supermarket.

6  Thank Kadoo7
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Len R, Owner at Rayner's Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

Thanks for your feedback on our cafe and shop - we do have our own chef on site and we use our own produce and other local Yarra Valley produce in our meals, therefore the price of our gourmet pies and other meals is within range with other meals served in this area. The best time to get the freshest, juiciest taste from our stone fruit is during the peak stone fruit season, December - February, we have many comments both from customers visiting our shop to those that venture out on our tractor tours, as to how our fruit reminds them of the fruit they used to eat as a child. If your fruit selection was not to the standard you were anticipating, please let us know of this experience on your next visit and we will be happy to have you taste some of our fruit in season before any purchase. You do need to come along on our tractor tours to reap the full experience, as many of our customers have walked away extremely happy, and telling us it was well worth the cost of the ride. Please come along on a tour next time so you can experience what many others have, and keep coming back for another go next season! We now have fruit tasting tractor tours running all year, with the fruit available for tasting changing every 2 - 3 weeks!

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Visited in time for the tractor ride which was informative and tasted samples offered and ate what I liked on the tour. So delicious, fresh and juicy I picked more to bring home which was very reasonable priced considering the real flavour and the mixed varieties are like nothing you have every tasted before. I'll be back and will pick some up at the convenient local markets I get to sometimes. A great few hours spent on a working orchard. Too full today to eat at the café but that will be on my list at my next visit. Len will have some fruit trees in next week so I can't wait to get some mixed varieties to plant for myself. They keep theirs quite small so I think I should be able to manage mine the same. Can't wait to pick fruit from my very own trees. A great day out and a great place to take kids and visitors.

2  Thank LakesideCottage
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The farm and fruits are really good but there was a communication gap. They offered the tractor ride for $70 for 4 people, we asked whether we can pick fruits and the lady at the counter said, yes as much as you can fill in you belly as well as one large bucket full for each person even for the small ones. We thought it is normal when comparing with other farms and we went on picking the fruits. But only after coming back from the ride, we got to know that we actually have to pay separately for all the peaches by the weight. We were surprised and it costed us further $70 but we did not said a word and paid. We saw the same thing happening to another family who went on the ride with us.
It is alright for them to charge for their fruit, but this should be communicated properly. If they did so, we could have saved the unnecessary cost.

5  Thank Sally B
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Len R, Owner at Rayner's Orchard, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

We apologise for the misunderstanding in this instance - we offer the U Pick option of any fruit you like at all the stops made for tastings around the orchard and any fruit that is picked is at $5 a kilo. We have been advised that this is a reasonably fair price as some of the fruit out in the orchard sells for this price, yet some can sell for as much as $35 a kilo, and you are able to pick as much fruit as you like during the tour. We will make sure all our staff in the cafe know to inform anyone catching the tractor tours that the U Pick Option is an additional cost of $5 per kilo. Thanks for your feedback .

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

We were offered a visit to a fruit orchard as part of our visit to Melbourne. I thought, why not. Boy, did we have fun. The owner and tractor driver is a bit eccentric in a positive way. We toured the or hard by tractor and got off about 10 times to sample fruit. Learned a lot about stone fruit and sampled many to many fruit.
Not to be missed.
Highly recommended

Thank Rumpole10
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