With the sun in full force and a balmy breeze in the air, summer offers no better time to head down to a strawberry farm and indulge in some berry goodness. Strawberry season generally runs from November through to April and to celebrate, we’ve produced a jam-packed list of places you can pick and purchase these delicious morsels fresh from the farm.
Located in the heart of the hills, Beerenberg translates to ‘Berry Hill’ in German. This farm has been running strawberry pickings since 1975 and hasn’t missed a season since. As Beerenberg is open most days throughout strawberry season (they are home to the “worlds-best strawberry jam” after all), there is the odd occasion it can get all “picked out”. Beerenberg’s owners, the Paech family, builds on six generations of family farming, proving to be backed by an abundance of knowledge.
You can find Beerenberg at 2106 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf.
For more information and to check Beerenberg’s opening times, visit their website.
Harvest the Fleurieu
Staying true to its name, Harvest the Fleurieu gives you the chance to harvest your own piece of the region from mid-October until late May. Pick your own (PYO) sessions are available from the Mount Compass based farm every day from 9am until 4pm for $5 per person and $10 per punnet container, which the farm provides. The four-legged Strawberry Marshal Marley, who is partial to a good pat also oversees the family farm. Everyone, including larger groups and school groups, can indulge in Harvest the Fleurieu’s PYO sessions.
You can harvest the Fleurieu at 2256 Victor Harbor Rd, Mount Compass.
For more information and to book a strawberry picking session at Harvest the Fleurieu, click here.
If you’re up for a day trip, just between Naracoorte and Bordertown you’ll find Frances Strawberries. As a quaint, family-run hydroponic strawberry farm run by Sam and Adam Frost, Frances Strawberries offers more than your average strawberry picking experience. The farm neighbours a working farm full of animals – flaunting a honest country experience. Entry to the farm is free; you can pick your own strawberries from November through to June (paying per kilo) and enjoy an extensive menu from the farm’s café all year round.
You can find Frances Strawberries at 27 Racecourse Road, Frances.
Green Valley Strawberries Café
If you’d prefer not to get your hands dirty, the team at Green Valley have done the hard yards for you. Here you can indulge in homemade meals as well as purchase the freshest seasonal berries. The café proves to be a strawberry aficionados dream as it plates up a variety of themed drinks and dishes. Green Valley Strawberries opens its café on Wednesdays through to Sundays throughout the strawberry season.
You can find Green Valley Strawberries Café at 686 Nairne Road, Nairne.
If you want more information, connect with Green Valley Strawberries Café on Facebook.
Mount Barker Strawberries
If just a punnet isn’t enough to satisfy your strawberry cravings, you can purchase them in bulk from Mount Barker Strawberries. This farm is about 40 minutes from the CBD and offers strawberries ranging from small to extra-large. Since its first plantation in 1980, Mount Barker Strawberries has seen itself expand to grow about 1.2 million strawberry plants.
You can grab yourself a punnet of farm-fresh goodness from 71 Fidler Lane, Mt Barker.
To find out more about Mount Barker Strawberries, click here.