Muddy Creek Apples
Muddy Creek is a historic apple and pear orchard just outside Legana, now owned and run by Kym Shilton and Peter Farquhar, assisted by their three boys.
The perfect 130-acre property is bordered by Muddy Creek, which is much prettier than its name, and has views out to the Tamar River. It features heirloom apple varieties like Gravenstein, crofton, cox’s orange pippin, red delicious, fuji and lady in the snow along with six types of pear, including the original winter cole trees planted in 1915.
All continue to bear fruit, and this year will drop their 100th crop. Peter and Kym sell all their fruit direct from the apple shed on weekends from February to July, and supply the IGA in Exeter, and speciality produce store Alps&Amici in East Launceston.
Whilst the trees won’t be in fruit, there’s still plenty to see on the farm tour in November. It’s a beautiful time to be in the orchard with the bees, blossom and one of Tasmania’s only flocks of Shropshire sheep. And then there’s Peter’s cider, described as experimental – you’re welcome to request a taste.
BYO picnic in the orchard.