The Apple Thief – Cider House is located 4kms north of Batlow and is owned and operated by Dave Purcell who cares about the production of apples, cherries and berries and enjoys being able to provide them to locals and visitors from their roadside stall.
From old orchard rarities to new fruit hybrids, Dave knows where to find the fruit that will make the very best ciders. Apples have been a key part of Batlow’s economy and history for over 120 years. With an elevation of around 800m above sea level, deep rich soils and generally consistent rainfall, Batlow’s sub-alpine location and climate provides a sweet spot for growing the tastiest and juiciest apples around.
Varieties of apples such as Alvina Gala, Kanzi, Bravo, Honeycrisp and Greenstar, among many others, are grown in the cool, mountain climate that Batlow is known for. One of the many highlights of a visit to The Apple Thief – Cider House is tasting and purchasing the premium ciders which are made with pure fruit juice, so every cider is 100% fruit and 100% natural.
There’s often a large variety of farm produce available at the roadside stall which, seasonally, can include apples, cherries, handmade apple cider, jams, jellies, pastes, chutneys, apple cider vinegar and fruit vinegars made from their own orchard fruit, pies, juices and dried fruit.
The Apple Thief – Cider House roadside stall is closed from 3pm June 12, 2023 and reopens after Winter (date TBA). Open outside of Winter, Thursday – Monday: 9am – 3pm (closed Christmas Day). The picking seasons are generally:
- Cherries – mid Dec to late Jan
- Apples – late Feb to June
- Chestnuts – late March to late April
- Raspberries – mid Dec to mid Jan
- Quinces – late March to late April
- Blueberries – late Dec – late Jan
4066 Batlow Rd, Batlow, NSW, 2730.