Our top places to pick your own fruit this summer

Winona Griggs


Discover the Best Places to Pick Your Own Fruit This Summer

Oh, summer! The land is in full bloom, and nature offers us a spectacular gift: an abundance of ripe, juicy, and delicious fruit just waiting to be picked! So, where can you go to gather your own fruity treasures?

First things first, let’s talk about the benefits of picking your own fruit. It’s like embarking on a treasure hunt, but instead of gold, you’re searching for nature’s sweetest gems. There’s a thrill that comes with finding that perfectly ripe strawberry hiding among the leaves or a plump blueberry hidden deep within the bush. It’s a moment of triumph that fills you with pride and happiness. Plus, it’s a great way to get outside, soak up the sun, and connect with nature.

Now, let me introduce you to some of the best places to embark on your fruit-picking adventure. Keep in mind that every location has its own unique charm, so make sure to explore and find the perfect spot for you.

1. Sunny Valley Strawberry Farm: Located just a short drive from town, Sunny Valley Strawberry Farm is a paradise for strawberry lovers. As you step into the fields, the sweet aroma of ripe strawberries engulfs you, and the vibrant reds of the berries instantly catch your eye. With every pluck, you can taste the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. Whether you’re in the mood for strawberry jam, shortcake, or simply eating them fresh, Sunny Valley has got you covered.

2. Blue Sky Blueberry Patch: Are you a fan of blueberries? Then you can’t miss out on the Blue Sky Blueberry Patch. Nestled in the heart of the countryside, this picturesque farm is an oasis of serenity. The blueberry bushes stretch as far as your eyes can see, laden with plump berries, just waiting to be picked. The best part? If you manage to resist eating them all on the spot, you can take your harvest home and create mouthwatering blueberry muffins, pies, or smoothies.

3. Summertime Peach Orchard: When it comes to peaches, there’s nothing quite like plucking them fresh from the tree. At Summertime Peach Orchard, you can experience this joy firsthand. Picture yourself surrounded by rows of peach trees, the intoxicating scent of ripe peaches filling the air. With each bite, the sweet and juicy flesh explodes with flavor, leaving you craving more. Don’t forget to take some home to make a peach cobbler that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.

4. Orchard of the Sun Apple Farm: How about picking some crispy, refreshing apples straight from the tree? Orchard of the Sun Apple Farm is the place to be. Stroll through the orchard and allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty of the apple trees, laden with an astonishing variety of apples in all colors and sizes. From tart Granny Smiths to sweet Honeycrisps, there’s an apple to satisfy every palate. And the best part? You can enjoy the fruits of your labor by baking a heavenly apple pie or simply savoring a fresh, crunchy apple.

And there you have it – a selection of the top places to pick your own fruit this summer. So, grab a basket, put on your sun hat, and get ready for a delightful adventure. Remember, the best fruits are the ones you pick yourself!

Our top places to pick your own fruit this summer

If you’re in the mood for some delicious fruit this summer, then you should try picking it yourself. It’s a fun and rewarding experience that allows you to spend a day out in nature, surrounded by plants and fresh air. And there’s no better place to do it than on one of the amazing farms across South Africa. These farms offer the perfect opportunity to fill up on ripe, juicy fruits that are in season.

To start your fruit-picking adventure, all you need to do is put on a hat and some sunscreen. Once you’re properly dressed, you can head out to one of the farms and get ready to have some fun. As you wander through the orchards, you’ll be greeted by rows and rows of colorful fruit trees. Whether it’s figs, apples, or berries, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

One farm that you should definitely check out is Hoogwater Fresh Fig Picking. Located in the Western Cape, this farm offers a unique and delightful experience. Spend a morning strolling through the orchard, picking as many figs as your heart desires. And don’t worry if you can’t eat them all at once – you can take them home with you. As an added bonus, there will also be a pop-up deli where you can grab some homemade croissants and cheese boards. And if that’s not enough, you can also indulge in some wine tasting and even buy a bottle or two to take home.

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So why wait? Grab your hat, put on some sunscreen, and head out to one of these amazing fruit farms. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer day – surrounded by nature, picking fresh fruit, and enjoying the sweet, sticky juice of perfectly ripe fruits. Trust me, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

If you’re wondering what to choose, go for fresh figs straight from the tree. And when is the best time to go? Well, every Saturday from 13 January until 3 February, between 08:00 and 13:00. You can find these delicious figs at Hoogwater Farm which is located on the R43 road towards Ceres, Wolseley.

Now, let’s talk about the cost. It’s R45 per adult and R20 per child. And if you decide to take some figs home, it’s R5 per punnet. Just remember to bring cash because they don’t have credit card facilities.

If you need more information, you can contact Madri Ochse at 0837622803 or visit Hoogwater’s Facebook page for updates. Now, let’s move on to another great option for fruit picking.

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Looking for a fun day out with the whole family? Look no further! Klondyke Cherry Farm offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day of cherry picking together. And if you want to escape the city for a little longer, you can also stay in one of their three cottages for a mini break.

Here’s what you need to know:

If you’re looking for a fun and fruity adventure, cherry picking is the way to go. And lucky for you, the cherry-picking season starts on November 23rd. You can head to Klondyke Farm in Ceres to get in on the action.

The farm is open daily from 08:30 to 16:00, so you have plenty of time to gather up your sweet and juicy treasures. It’s an enjoyable activity for the whole family, and the best part is, it won’t break the bank. Admission is only R30 for adults, R15 for children under 10, and a mere R5 for kids under five. The farm even accepts credit cards, so you won’t have to worry about carrying cash.

Once you arrive at the farm, you’ll be greeted by friendly scarecrows that may seem a little intimidating at first, but don’t worry, they’re harmless. Take your time strolling through the sunshine as you hand-pick your own strawberries. It’s a refreshing way to connect with nature and enjoy some quality time outdoors.

Before you leave, make sure to stop by the farm stall. They have a wide variety of delectable treats that you can take home with you. From homemade jams to freshly baked goods, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.

If you’re ready for a day of cherry picking and farm fun, mark your calendar for November 23rd. Head to Klondyke Farm in Ceres and enjoy a wholesome and rewarding experience. Feel free to contact the farm at 0233121521 or visit their website at cherryfarm.co.za for more information.

Mooiberg Farm Stall

Don’t let the massive scarecrows at Mooiberg Farm Stall scare you away – they’re actually quite friendly. Once you’ve had your fill of cherry picking, swing by the farm stall on your way out. They offer a mouthwatering selection of treats that you can bring home as a sweet reminder of your visit. Whether you’re craving a delicious pie or some homemade preserves, you won’t be disappointed.

What to choose: Strawberries
When to visit: On weekends from November to January, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Where to go: Mooiberg Farm, located on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
How much it costs: You will be charged based on the weight of the strawberries you pick
Contact info: Call 0218813222

Wildebraam Berry Estate

The berry picking season at Wildebraam has already started, and you can still join in on the fun! After picking berries in the morning, head to the tasting room where you can try a variety of liqueurs made in their private cellar. You can also learn about the process of making liqueur. Don’t forget to take home some tasty liqueured fruits, jams, dessert syrups, chutneys, relishes, and pickles made in the farm kitchen.

Welcome to the Wildebraam Berry Festival, a three-day extravaganza happening from December 1 to 3, 2017. Get ready for an enchanting experience filled with joy and music. Immerse yourself in the magic of Carols by Candlelight and get serenaded by the mesmerizing performances of Watershed and Manouche Gypsy Jazz Band on consecutive days. For more information, head over to our Facebook page.

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Embark on a delightful journey through beautiful farms across South Africa, where you can indulge in the exquisite taste of nature’s bounty. Capture the essence of the moment with juicy strawberries in your hands. Photo courtesy of adwriter.

What to pick: Treat yourself to the luscious flavors of blackberries and youngberries.
When to go: Visit from November 13 to December 22 to experience the best of the season.
Location: Make your way to Wildebraam, S4 Hermitage South Lane, Hermitage Valley, Swellendam, 6740.
Cost: Enter this berry wonderland for only R10 per person. If you bring your own bucket, it’s R12 for a medium size and R17 for a large. You can purchase delicious blackberries at R25 per kilogram and youngberries at R30 per kilogram.
Contact: For more information, give us a call at 0285143132 or visit our website wildebraam.co.za.

Garden Route

Redberry Farm: Where Strawberries Meet Adventure

Grab a bucket and get ready for a berry-tastic adventure at Redberry Farm! Walk through the farm with the stunning Outeniqua mountains as your backdrop and pick your own delicious strawberries. Our friendly staff is always there to share their strawberry wisdom with you.

Photo courtesy of USDAgov

What to Pick: We offer a variety of strawberry types for you to choose from.
When to Visit: You can visit us any time from Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 to 16:00. We’re open all year round!
How to Find Us: Redberry Farm is located on Geelhoutboom Road, off R404, Blanco, George.
Price: A small bucket costs R20 per person, while a large bucket is R30 per person.
Contact Us: Visit our website at redberryfarm.co.za to learn more.

Gauteng: Home to Tangaroa

Tangaroa: A Uniquely Immersive Experience

Situated at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg mountains near Hartbeespoort Dam, you’ll find an enchanting place where you can immerse yourself in the sweet delight of picking fresh strawberries. Here, at Tangaroa Strawberry Farm, you have the freedom to eat as many strawberries as your heart desires (or as many as you can handle if you’re feeling adventurous). Explore the sprawling fields and fill your bucket with plump, juicy berries to take home with you. It’s an experience that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. After working up an appetite in the fields, you can indulge in a delicious lunch at Fraise, the farm’s own restaurant. Alternatively, you can opt to buy a picnic hamper and savor your meal under the shade of the trees. Keep in mind that Fraise may close early at 14:00 if the farm gets too crowded, but worry not! They always keep everyone updated through their active social media channels.

When it comes to picking, the star of the show is definitely the strawberries. Their vibrant red color and irresistible sweetness make them a true delight for both young and old. The farm is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 07:30 to 16:00, giving you plenty of time to enjoy this delightful activity. But hurry, as this strawberry-picking season only lasts until the first week of December. So mark your calendar and make the most of this limited opportunity.

You’ll find Tangaroa Strawberry Farm nestled in the heart of Hartbeespoort, a picture-perfect location that adds to the charm of the whole experience. If you have children under 10, the cost is R50, while for those over 10, it’s R70. It’s a small price to pay for a day of fun and fruity indulgence.

If you’re ready to embark on this strawberry adventure, make sure to contact the farm at 0825035996 or visit their website at thestrawberryfarm.co.za for more information. Get your taste buds tingling and your bucket ready. It’s time to get lost in a world of strawberries and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Free State

Berry Picking at Bon-Af Berry Farm

Hey there! Join me on a tour of the amazing orchard filled with all kinds of delicious berries. It’s going to be a blast at the yearly Bon-Af Berry Festival happening on December 8, 2012. You’ll have the chance to pick berries from the orchard and take them home in handy containers. And don’t worry if it’s not berry season – you can still get your berry fix with frozen berries available for purchase. So come on down and let’s make some berry-tastic memories!

Our top places to pick your own fruit this summer

When it’s not berry season, you can still have an amazing time at the farm. They offer tours where you can learn about coffee roasting and butter-making. It’s a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Photo from the Berry Farm.

Ready to pick: Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and gooseberries.
Best time to go: The farm is open every day from 08:00 to 17:00. Picking season starts from the end of November and goes until the end of March.
Where to find it: Bon-Af Berry Farm, located right next to the N1 on R59/R42 to Parys.
Price: It costs R40 per person for picking berries, but if you just want to taste, it’s only R20 per person.
Reach out: You can contact the farm at 0568113966 or visit their website at berry-farm.co.za.

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Let’s head to KwaZulu-Natal

Visit the Litchi Farm in Salt Rock

Here’s something fun for you – climb aboard a trailer pulled by the farm’s tractor and take a ride to the orchard. Once there, you can pick as many litchis as you want and satisfy your taste buds. Don’t forget to try one of the farm’s famous litchi shots. It’s a truly delightful experience.

Our top places to pick your own fruit this summer

Oh, the sight of those juicy red rubies just lying there, waiting to be plucked. I can practically taste the sweetness now! And guess what, you can find them at this year’s Litchi Festival!

Now, let’s talk about what you can expect when you go. Of course, the main attraction is the litchis. You’ll be able to pick them yourself or enjoy them right there on the spot. And hey, don’t worry about the timing because the festival runs from 10 December to 5 January. That means you can visit anytime between 09:00 and 15:00 every day. So, mark your calendars!

The festival takes place at the Litchi Farm in Umhlali, Salt Rock. It’s a great spot to spend the day with friends and family. And here’s the best part: the cost is only R130 per person, which covers both entrance and the picking or eating of litchis. And don’t forget, when you enter, you’ll get a bucket weighing 1.6 kilograms to fill with all your litchi treasures. It’s all included in the entrance fee!

Now, if you want more information or have any questions, you can reach out to them at 0824175962. Oh, and they also have a Facebook page where you can find all the details you need.

But wait, there’s more!

Limpopo Delights

If you’re a fan of certified organic blueberries, you’re in for a treat. Head over to Blueberry Heights in Limpopo and indulge in these delicious berries. Trust me, they’re worth it! And here’s an exciting event you wouldn’t want to miss – the Magoebaskloof Berry Festival on 3 and 4 February 2018.

This festival is perfect for the whole family. You can spend the day picking blueberries and then enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Mountain Cafe. It’s a winning combination, right? To stay updated on all the festival happenings, make sure to follow their Facebook page or visit their website at berryfestival.co.za.

Our top places to pick your own fruit this summer

Hey there! I’m excited to tell you about a fantastic place called Blueberry Heights Farm in Magoebaskloof. They have these adorable young blueberries just waiting to be picked in their beautiful orchards. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss!

So, what can you pick at Blueberry Heights Farm? Well, the answer is simple – blueberries! They have an abundance of these delicious berries just waiting for you to come and harvest them. Imagine filling your punnet with juicy, sweet blueberries that you picked yourself. It’s a truly satisfying experience!

If you’re wondering when you can go berry picking, you’ll be pleased to know that Blueberry Heights Farm is open from Wednesday to Sunday. They’re only open during the beginning of December until the end of February, so make sure you plan your visit accordingly. The farm is open from 09:00 to 17:00, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your time picking blueberries.

Now, let’s talk about the farm’s location. It’s situated on the R71, about seven kilometres from Haenertsburg on the way to Tzaneen. It’s a scenic drive, and you won’t have any trouble finding this gem of a place. Just follow the signs, and you’ll be there in no time!

Of course, you’re probably wondering about the cost of visiting Blueberry Heights Farm. Well, for adults, it’s R60 per person, and for children, it’s R40 per person. This includes the entrance fee and a punnet to fill with all the blueberries you pick. It’s a great deal for a fun day out!

If you have any questions or want to find out more, you can contact Blueberry Heights Farm at [email protected] or give them a call at 0838808787. They’ll be more than happy to assist you and provide all the information you need.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your visit to Blueberry Heights Farm and enjoy a day of blueberry picking fun. It’s an experience that will leave you with delightful memories and a punnet full of sweet, juicy blueberries. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

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