Image Credit: The Barns of Freeling. Hay-bale art by Craig “Chook” Fowler
A Barossa crop farm turned sunflower field is inviting the public to pick their own flowers and we couldn’t be more excited. Here at Glam Adelaide, we are sunflower fanatics and we love the beaming symbols of sunshine; what we love even more is that all proceeds will be donated to HeartKids SA.
Opening to the public yesterday the sunflower field will remain open until there are no flowers left to pick.
Sherinne Schuster who owns The Barns of Freeling along with her husband Gavin spoke to Glam Adelaide about the exciting initiative.
“We heard that this year was going to potentially be a wet summer and wet harvest so decided this would be the year to plant some sunflowers,” said Sherinne.
“There was no rain for a couple of weeks, but then the heavens opened and the Sunflowers bloomed.
“They look beautiful but we thought what will we do with them all?”
With around 2.5 acres of sunflowers, there are plenty to go around, however, Sherinne doesn’t think they will last too long.
“I never in my wildest dreams expected to see so many people come in,” she said.
“I think they will be gone by the end of the week.”
The sunflowers are planted in a paddock just off of the main road so that visitors can drive in at any time of the day, pick their flowers and head off.
“There is no gate so you can come in whenever you want to,” Sherinne said.
“We have an honesty box and just ask people to leave a gold coin donation for each sunflower they pick.
“The proceeds will go to HeartKids SA.
“They are just an amazing organisation that is close to our hearts.”
Visitors to the farm are invited to go and take a walk through the bright flowers, take a sunflower selfie, and browse through the best of the bunch
“Yesterday we had some people taking photos down there,” Sherinne continued.
“It’s pretty nice to have something nice for a change.”
Sherinne thanks her children for being a big help towards getting the field ready for the public.
“My kids have been a great help. They had a lot to do with it.”
The Barn of Freeling also has a wedding venue on-site that can be hired via Venyu.
“It’s an old barn that we renovated,” said Sherinne.
“We had no intention to become a wedding venue but the fact is it’s fantastic.”
The sunflower field is unmanned so visitors are required to provide their own snippers, gloves and buckets to carry their bouquets.
“Bring your own cutters and hopefully be honest and donate to an incredible organisation.”
Entry to the field is free, but The Barns of Freeling do ask that for each sunflower you pick you put a gold coin into the donation bucket.
The Barns of Freeling is located at 140 Templers Rd, Freeling SA 5372.