SMALL business and community spirit embody the heart and soul of Bickley Valley says orchard and vineyard owner Lucy Radice.
The Radice family have lovingly tended to the soil of La Fattoria for 75 years with three generations now living and working on the 25-acre orchard and vineyard.
Mrs Radice said the Bickley Harvest Festival was a celebration for all involved and helped promote local businesses.
“It’s important to showcase who we are, its exposure for us and also promotes the Perth Hills and what the hills has to offer,” she said.
“It’s a celebration of the end of harvest for our fruit and for our grapes, because believe me we’re so happy to celebrate our hard-work at the end of harvest time.”
She said Bickley Valley’s small family-minded community made it a unique fresh produce destination.
“In Bickley Valley everyone knows everyone and I like to think we all promote each other,” she said.
“We have such a unique opportunity, not many people know about us, if we all promote each other everyone wins.”
The orchard has 1000 fruit trees with several varieties of apples, pears and stone fruit, figs, persimmons and citrus. The orchard downsized in 2012 to make way for the vineyard.
The public can buy produce from the orchard at their farm gate shop, Fruit Loop, or taste a slice of Italy by booking at their Trattoria, Nonna’s Table, a family run restaurant without a menu but a series of dishes shared at the table typical of an Italian family meal.
“It’s about remembering Eric’s Nonna, I cook the food passed down from generations and you come to share it,” she said.
“We try and provide an experience that’s a reflection of our family and family history, it’s about us as a family and creating legacy for our children and grandchildren.”
By Claire Ottaviano