Main entrance to shop. See the staff to get your strawberry picking bucket.
They obviously take the business of growing tomatoes (and strawberries) very seriously and have won many awards over the years. It is not hard to see why. The tomatoes we bought for our picnic lunch were absolutely full of flavour. They reminded me of the tomatoes my grandfather used to grow many many years ago.
Multi award winning tomatoes!
Taste testing table.
I find most of the commercially grown tomatoes these days have a distinct lack of taste. Not so at Ricardoes!
As well as fresh tomatoes there are also many strawberry and tomato based products such as chutneys, jams, and sauces on sale inside the main building and cafe, which also serves morning/afternoon tea with great coffee and cakes. If you arrive around lunch time there is also a good selection of tasty meals ranging from around $10 - $18.
Shop and cafe.
You can find Ricardoes Tomatoes at 221 Blackmans Point Rd, Port Macquarie (about 15mins North of the town centre). You can turn off the Pacific Hwy from either direction, onto Blackmans Point Rd, but keep a close eye out for the Blackmans Point signpost because the Ricardoes Tomatoes sign is almost covered up by the trees (coming from the Port Macquarie).
Yep, it's HOT!
The award winners.
The sign reads: "Thank you for not eating your strawberries before weighing at the shop counter. We work very hard to bring you, our valued customers, a quality product and we very much appreciate your honesty."
Fair enough! Resist the temptation please.
HELEN, RESIST THE TEMPTATION!
Fresh strawberries for morning tea and lots of take home goodies to remember a great day out in Port Macquarie.
The carpark at Ricardoes is a moderate size and not really suitable for caravan parking, especially during the busy summer months. I would suggest if you tow anything bigger than a camper trailer that you leave your caravan somewhere and visit Ricardoes Tomotoes with just your car or 4WD as there may not be sufficient space to turn around.