Stocking up on Logan Brae apples, Logan Brae apple juice, fabulous apple jelly jam and apple blossom honey was a Sunday surprise. A birthday Sunday drive turned into another foodie trip this weekend: this time to the Blue Mountains. After stopping off in Springwood for brunch the tour continued through Leura, Katoomba then to the Logan Brae Orchard and on to the Megalong Valley for Megalong beef, then back to Medlow Bath to Brown’s Siding Store and Cafe for afternoon tea (where the Logan Brae apple juice was also for sale).
Meeting the lively third generation apple grower Graham Jackson at his orchard had to be the treat of the day though. The cheeky 71 year old with a twinkle in his eye, gave me a kiss on the hand for my birthday, before proudly telling me that the apple jelly jam is made by a local – eventually I found out he meant his wife! Apparently the jelly was in this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show in the regional state produce display. A proud moment indeed. So we had to buy a few jars, honey from the bees he keeps on the property, as well as some of the exquisitely clear juice from his apples. Apples are available in season, late January to August. You know what they say about an apple a day. And, much better the fresh variety (without long supermarket storage and) straight from the orchard.
Logan Brae Orchard is open Monday to Friday all year, and on Sundays in apple season (February to August).
Logan Brae Orchard
139 Shipley Road, Shipley Plateau
(via Blackheath) NSW 2785 Australia
+61 2 4787 8440