You’ve hit the road. There’s a bite in the air and the sky is bursting with blue. You’re in for a day of country exploration, filled with great food, boutique shopping and spectacular scenery.

You drive down the winding roads between villages and hairy cows and doe-eyed alpacas glance up at the trail of dust you leave in your wake.  You zoom along and notice a stall filled with crisp apples, and bunches of flowers plucked fresh that morning. You hit the brakes, pull over and wander over to load up a basket with goodies. All is well in the world.

There are so many farm gate stalls to uncover. Here are a few of our favourites:

Crofter’s Fold Farmhouse for roses, Carlsruhe

Fleurs de Lyonville, for farm-fresh blooms 0416 970 543

The Strawberry Forest, Bacchus Marsh, pick your own berries (03) 5367 0606

Taranaki Farm, Tylden for the freshest pork and poultry

Tuki Trout Farm, Smeaton, catch your own lunch

The Mantle Melbourne, Toolernvale, a farm to table hub that connects foodies and farmers

Any of the spud stalls on the road from Trentham to Bullarto

Flowers and seasonal produce galore on the road from Daylesford to Ballan

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