by Gail Thomas

Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm

Delicious, succulent raspberries

Nootka raspberries

Raspberries ready for picking


Pennyroyal Valley in Victoria’s Western District was well known as a berry growing area from late 1800′s to post World War 2 with old steam train tracks set along the valley floors for the fruit to be transported by train to Geelong. Mike and Katrine Juleff have lived in the region since 1987 and twelve years ago took over the 7.8ha Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm which is the oldest operating berry farm in the district.

Katrine explains, “I was in commercial food preparation and catering and Mike is an environmental consultant. We have around 1.5ha devoted to berries – we expanded the plantings of raspberries and introduced Jostaberries, gooseberries and red, black and white currants, along with loganberries, marionberries, brambleberries, youngberries, boysenberries and strawberries. We also planted more than 300 heritage apple tress that are beginning to produce cider.

Our biggest planting, and the most popular, are the raspberries (a lot of our regulars like the old style Willamette, now almost a heritage variety and Nootka) along with the American Brambleberries. Our choice for the queen of berries however is the marionberries – absolutely luscious but the last to come into season.”
The Juleffs farm organically and work on producing healthy plants which means no need to spray. They lose a small amount of fruit to birds and have also worked hard on their pruning and watering regimes having at least halved the watering rate with mulches and root zone watering.

Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm

The tearooms at the Raspberry Farm

“We also grow vegetables that are all destined for the Teahouse – the intent since day one being paddock to plate direct. Where we can’t grow it, we get it from very close by and have done for over 10 years. Even the pure cream we use in the berry ice cream comes direct from Colac.
We also make a range of preserves, a speciality is our Jostaberry Relish – fantastic with a slice of triple cream brie from Timboon! – and our Raspberry Vinegar cordial made from an old fashioned colonial recipe.

Our products are made from all natural materials and we do not use any synthetic pectin in our jams. Also, look for our own farm honey – the berry flower honey in particular is a lovely, light gold – better than clover honey we think!

We also have cabins on-site which have been fully refurbished for people wanting to stay over and explore the region or go bird-watching or bush walking.”
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm, Division Rd, Murroon, 3242 between Birregurra and Barwon Downs is open during the berry season (1st weekend in December until mid to late January) phone 5236 3238 For more information go to