Follow the fall food trail


Picking Adair from Langdale Orchards.

Kyneton is one of nine towns taking part in the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival.

There are so many great events and activities, many of which are free, celebrating the harvest season!

Start your weekend at the Kyneton Farmers Market – a one-stop destination for fall food staples.

Apples make up half of the world’s deciduous fruit harvest and many of the most popular apple varieties are picked in the fall.

When you buy freshly picked apples at the market, you will have the option of speaking directly to the producer.

Carol Lang has been a merchant for over 10 years. She married a sixth-generation apple farmer.

Langdale Orchards grows 10 varieties of apples and five varieties of pears. Apple lovers will love lesser known varieties like Abbas, Cox Pippin and Snow apples.

One of the things that makes Langdale so special is that it has been operated by the same family for 164 years.

In practical terms, this means that first-hand experience and knowledge of the land, the trees and the seasons are passed on to each new generation.

Created in 1858 by James Lang, the orchard was one of the first three to have pioneered the fruit industry in the Harcourt Valley.

In the 1870s, James Lang exported fruit to England. In 1874 a granite house was built, where the Lang family still lives today.

Take the taste test and see for yourself why so many market fans love to eat fresh local produce!

Free music and entertainment is also on the market this autumn thanks to the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Two puppet characters, Roy and Joy Gardener, will also be present around the market, offering small gifts of autumn leaves and garden produce during the morning.

Around noon, the Funkateers Street Band will arrive at the market.

Nine artists will perform New Orleans-style numbers and head to the Kyneton Botanical Gardens for a free concert beginning at 2 p.m.

Inspirational father/daughter duo Freya and Tom McGowan will also be back.

At Makers Market, local artist Evie Dora is asking for help from anyone who thinks they “can’t paint” to help create a community autumn canvas.

Community painting done at the March Market is on display across the road thanks to Art on Piper.

Visitors and locals can also follow the Autumn Pie and Tart Trail, part of the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival.
Find delicious seasonal pies and pies at 22 area locations.

Start with the caramelized pear tarte tatin just around the corner from Mollison Street at the Fed Food Store and Catering!

You can also win a prize while you eat! Enter “Tart it up” and win $600 in prizes. Take a picture of the most delicious pie or pie you eat. Registration details are available online at: visitmacedonranges.com

The Kyneton Farmers Market takes place at St Paul’s Park in Piper Street on Saturday 9th April from 8.30am to 1pm.

Langdale Orchard family with their dogs.
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