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The Strawberry Farm

Welcome to the Original Pick-your-Own Strawberry Farm near Hartbeespoort Dam

Welcome to our Farm

Tangaroa, The Strawberry Farm, is situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains near Hartbeespoort Dam.

We are a fully working farm offering organic Strawberry Picking in Spring and Fruit and Vegetable Picking on selected weekends of the year.

We have a relaxing Day Spa and Guest House.

Forage & Feast serves up family meals and holds sumptuous long table events.

Fraise Gourmet Dining is where you can enjoy a multi course, wine paired gourmet dinner once a month, or get them to come in an cater for you in your own home or establishment.

Our Latest News

The strawberry season opened on Saturday 1 October 2016 and we expect our season to run until mid December this year.

Picking is available to the public ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Fraise, the restaurant on the farm, is open for breakfast and lunch from Thursday to Sunday.

The Day Spa is open 7 days a week. Contact our office for bookings.

That's it for the season...

December 3, 2016

I'ts been an odd season this year, and is about at an end.

The heat and drought took its toll on the farm this year, even with us irrigating from our own dam.

We have started preparing for our 2017 season already, and look forward implementing our new ideas and strategies.

This year we saw more people visit our fields than ever before, and being picked out on most Saturdays showed us that, as we had more plants in more fields for picking, and still we were picked out most Saturdays. We are looking at making good, positive changes this year, still keeping it organic, but hopefully we will have even more berries for you, the public, to come and pick.

Also, the growth of our vegetable picking has been well received by many, with a good variety of carrots, beetroot, lettuce, radishes, beans and much more available for everyone to pick.   

With our picking season over, it means that we will revert back to being open on the last weekend of each month during the year (except December) for picking of our heirloom vegetables.

Our restaurant Forage & Feast, will remain open serving breakfast and lunch, on a limited menu, Monday to Sunday, and serving dinner Wednesday to Saturday evening. Dinner is to be prebooked on 012 207 1116.

We still look forward to welcoming you to The Strawberry Farm.

8 Course Wine Paired Dinner

November 13, 2016

Our latest 8 course wine paired dinner menu has been announced for Saturday 19 November.

The menu is available on our catering website www.fraise.co.za on the page Fraise Gourmet Dining 

Dinner is strictly by prior booking only, at R650 per person.

Book now to avoid disappointment

Mulberries are there for the picking

November 5, 2016

The strawberries, from the sounds of it, have been picked out in our fields today. We do still have mulberries, delicious big black ones, gorgeous plump white ones, and then our own rose half breed - varying in colour from a very light purple, to almost black. Each has its' own subtle flavour differences.

The heat of the last while, as well as the nasty drought that we have been in the grip of, has really taken its' toll on the strawberries this season. Many of the plants have started to send out runners, signifying that the strawberry production will be coming to an end. This happens when the plants decide that spring is over and summer has us in its' hot and sweaty grasp.

We expect that we will have at most 2 weekends left of strawberry picking for this season, which means that our season will have been shortened by a good 3 weeks this year from last years' season. 

Our restaurant will be open though, Monday to Sunday for breakfast and light lunches, Friday nights and Saturday nights for dinner, until 8pm.

 

See you at the farm

Fields closed for the day, and new dinner available

October 30, 2016

The fields are closed for today, the masses of people,crazy heat and nasty drought are taking their toll on the strawberries. The plants are sending out runners, signifying the strawberry production will be tapering off - we have the heat to thank for that...

On a different note, we would like to announce that our restaurant - Forage and Feast - will be open for dinner from Friday evening. We will be open every Friday and Saturday evening for dinner. A chalkboard menu will be available, unless we run our 8 course gourmet dinner. Our next 8 course dinner will be held on Saturday 19 November 2016, and prior booking is essential. 

Sweltering day

October 29, 2016

The heat has really taken hold of us on the farm. It's sweltering on the farm.

This heat is not conducive to growing of strawberries, and we have noticed this week that there are more and more plants sending out runners... this leads to the season coming to an end.

We have still had a really crazy day on the farm so far today, with loads of people coming through. We are closing the fields for the rest of the day, and will evaluate the quantity of strawberries available for picking, we will then decide whether we will open for picking tomorrow.

And we call it a day in the fields

October 23, 2016

That's it for today folks, the strawberries that weren't picked finished yesterday have been picked this morning.

The people still in the fields right now, have the run of the place. There are strawberries for those people to enjoy their experience, but we are not allowing any more people into the fields today. The berries that are there need to be looked for in amongst the plants.

We will have strawberries again next weekend for picking.

 

A great day to pick...

October 23, 2016

What a beautiful morning it is. Gorgeous blue skies, fresh muddy earth, with a light breeze.

We had some fantastic rain last night, helping to replenish the nutrients and water the strawberries. The weeds love the rain too, with a whole lot coming up this last week.

We weren't picked out yesterday, which means there are still strawberries in the fields this morning.

There is still a fair amount of our delicious strawberries available in the fields for you to pick, but we don't know for how long they will be there, as we don't know how many people are going to descend on the fields, and we have learnt that some people have huge appetites... So, once again, we urge you to get here early to avoid disappointment.

Don't forget to bring the sun screen, hats and wellies, 'cos it's wet out there.

See you in the fields 

Rain, Glorious Rain...

October 20, 2016

What beautiful weather we have been having.

The slow drumming of the rain on our iron roofs has been a very welcome sound, one that is great to fall asleep to.

With the rain comes renewed growth on the farm. The strawberries will be sitting up and taking notice of the the nitrogen filled rain water, promoting the growth of the plants and more fruit. Our ground is muddy and rather sticky - as we have clay soil, which sticks to everything when it's wet.

The weatherman says that we are in for more rain tonight and tomorrow, which is still desperately needed during this drought that we are in. 

If you are planning on coming through this weekend, please bring old shoes, 'wellies' and expect a good bit of muddy fun in the fields. Yes, the grass keeps the mud level down, but it is definitely going to be quite sloshy and muddy in the fields, especially if there is good rain on Friday.

We urge you to come through early on Saturday to avoid disappointment, and to get the best of the berries. The last 2 weekends, we have been picked out around lunchtime on the Saturdays, just by sheer numbers of people coming through to the farm.

The weekend promises to be quite a sun-filled one, which means it's going to be quite humid out here, please keep hydrated, drench yourselves in sun screen, pull on a hat and old shoes, pack in the family for good clean country fun.

See you at the farm this weekend, TSF

Sheesh...

October 15, 2016

Another insane day today... Must be the weather.

We have been picked out again,two weekends in a row.

Just to clear things up:

We do not have a shortage of strawberries.

We have more strawberry plants and therefore more strawberries than we have had in previous seasons.

A lot more people coming have been through to us to pick strawberries than ever before.

We are even limiting the amount of strawberries that people get to take home, for more people to experience our strawberries in the fields.

Our popularity has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years, with the biggest growth over the last 2 years. We endeavour to keep growing, and hopefully be able to expand the fields at the same rate that the demand for our strawberry picking has grown.

We never know how many people are going to descend on the farm on a weekend, which is why we say the picking is on a first come, first served basis. As soon as we know the fields are picked out, or are getting close to being picked out, we post it here on our website, and our Facebook page (The Strawberry Farm), to keep you, the public, informed.

Thank you for your continued support.

So, the fields have been picked out, but our picnic area and restaurant will be open tomorrow for your enjoyment.

Hope to see you at The Farm 

 

The weekend looks good...

October 14, 2016

Happy Friday everyone...

Things in the fields are looking good, despite the lack of rain. We have been watering like crazy this week, trying to keep up with the insane heat that we have been experiencing, with temperatures in the mid to late 30's.

The weatherman says it's going to be a sunny, hot day tomorrow, with temperatures in the early 30's.

Sunday is supposed to be partly cloudy with mid 30's as the temperature.

Looks like we may be in for a bit of a wet week, hopefully, with showers expected from Tuesday to Thursday, and a possibility of rain again next week Sunday. So, things are looking up on the rain side of things.

Now, down to the gritty stuff:

The fields look like they have recovered nicely from last weekends onslaught, with lots of our delicious sweet strawberries ready to be picked. We will however, be limiting amounts of strawberries coming out of the fields, but you're more than welcome to eat yourselves silly while picking. Our price for strawberries removed from the fields will be R7,50/100g.

With the heat and loads of sunshine, slap on the sunscreen, pull on a hat, pack in the family - just leave your pets at home please - and come through to The Strawberry Farm...

See you in the fields.

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Need to contact us?

Give us a call on 012 207 1116

Send us an email: info@thestrawberryfarm.co.za

Our office hours are 8:00 to 16:30