Fellow Capetonians, how lucky are we to have access to beautiful farms in and around our city (and slightly further afield) where we can go strawberry-picking to our heart’s content? There’s nothing quite like strolling through strawberry fields with a bunch of friends, while the little ones roam free, and filling baskets with fresh and delicious produce.
Strawberry-picking season in the Cape happens every year between October and December, with Stellenbosch being the number one destination. There’s also a strawberry farm in George, where an annual festival is held in September each year to honour the rose-hued berries. Here’s where we love to go strawberry picking in the Cape.
Polkadraai Strawberry Farm
This family-friendly farm offers the perfect day out for the little ones. Grab a basket, and let them roam around the fields picking (and eating) the delicious strawberries. Afterwards, they can enjoy face-painting, tractor and pony rides, and other entertainment.
Good to know Party booths are available for hire daily (10am – 12pm; 2pm – 4pm for R500). Bring your own refreshments and a cake, and let the littles one run free.
Time Daily, 9am – 4pm
Cost R40 (junior picker, 900g)
R55 (harvester, 1.4kg)
R140 (professional, 5kg)
R190 (ultimate, 6.5kg)
Contact 021 881 3303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it M12 Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch
Mooiberge Strawberry Farm
This farm, dating back to the 1900s, has a rich history of producing one of the best strawberry harvests in the country year after year. The shop also sells a range of dried fruits and nuts.
Time 13 – 14 October 2018, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 881 3222
Where to find it Strand Road, R44, Stellenbosch
Another Stellenbosch gem, this farm uses biological pest control and mainly organic fertiliser on its crops, which contribute to beautiful-tasting (and nontoxic) strawberries.
Good to know They host parties for all ages. The venue costs R300 (for a maximum of 30 guests). Entrance into the braai area costs R40 (adults) and R25 (children 5 – 18 years).
Time Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Cost R30 (pick your own 300g punnet)
Contact 021 855 4308, email@example.com
Where to find it Klein Helderbergpad Road, Stellenbosch
A Garden Route family favourite, Redberry Farm is a fabulous pitstop for the whole family. In addition to picking strawberries, the farm also offers blackberry and raspberry harvesting, plus there’s a hedge maze, pony rides, and other activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Good to know This year’s Strawberry Festival takes place from 29 – 30 September 2018.
Available for hire Not only do they host kiddies parties on the farm but they have a number of areas around the farm where teens and adults can hire for variety of events such as baby showers, tea parties, and team building.
Time Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Cost R20 (small bucket)
R35 (large bucket)
Contact 044 870 7123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Geelhoutboom Road (off the R404), Blanco, George
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