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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 the last weekend of every month.

On the property, there is a relaxing Day Spa and Guest House.

Fraise Restaurant and Catering is also based at the Strawberry Farm, offering picnics, light meals as well as gourmet fare.

Our Latest News

The strawberry season came to an end on 14 December 2015 and we expect our season to open again around the end of September this year, during spring. 

At this stage, it appears that we probably do not have enough variety of vegetables for picking at the end of this month, but this will be reviewed closer to month end.

Fraise, the restaurant on the farm, is open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, and open for dinner - by prior booking only- from Thursday to Saturday. 

The Day Spa is closed every Monday and Tuesday, but the office being open 7 days a week for bookings.

 

 

January is well on its way already...

January 12, 2016

Sho...  January is flying by...

Just about a month to go until Valentines' Day...

If you're the romantic type, or just feel like spoiling your significant other, join us over the weekend of Valentines', 13 and 14 February.

Check out our offerings on our Special Days page, we are sure to have something to tickle your fancy. 

Be sure to book early, as space is limited.

See you at the farm...

Wishing you all the best for 2016

January 4, 2016

All of us here at The Strawberry Farm would like to wish you all the best for 2016. 

The New Year brings with it new opportunities, new challenges and new memories. May you have an amazing, prosperous year, full of happiness and good times.

Our New Year has started of  hot with temperatures into the late 30's.

Most of the staff are back from their holidays and we are kicking off with a crazy amount of energy and drive, recharged and ready to go.

The Spa re-opened today, and we are running some good specials for the whole month, check out our Specials page for all of the latest Spa specials.

The farm staff are scurrying about, harvesting seeds, planting carrots, growing micro-greens and a whole bunch more.

We have decided to keep our restaurant, Fraise, closed until the end of January. There are new menus brewing, and a whole bunch of creativity bubbling. We will be ready for you before Valentines day...

Have an awesome week folks. And if you are still travelling back from your holidays, keep it safe.

 

TSF

What a strawberry season it was...

December 14, 2015

As the curtain falls on another strawberry season, we look back and appreciate what mother nature has done for us.

Our season started off with a massive bang, we had never experienced such an incredible start to the season, with us being picked out way earlier than we could have imagined. Along the way we encountered the Japanese fruit fly with its nasty little worms, and very little rain to nourish the plants. Through all of this, we worked hard to ensure a good season, struggled a bit long the way, and learnt lots of lessons.

We would like to thank you, the public, for supporting us in the way you did. We know that we cannot keep all the people happy all of the time, but we give it a good go, and that is part of how we learn what works and what doesn't.

 So, until next season it is then...

The tea garden will be running on Saturday and Sunday this week, and then will close until the New Year.

Picnicking will be available during the same period.

Please Note: The farm will be closed on the following dates: 

  • 24 December
  • 25 December
  • 26 December
  • 31 December
  • 1 January 2016
  • 2 January
  • 3 January

We do not allow any visitors on those days (that includes people looking to picnic), we feel that our staff deserve to be with their families as much as everyone else does, and as such we are closed.

As of  18 January 2016, The Strawberry Farm & Spa will be closed every Monday and Tuesday, with the office being manned on those days... Just trying something new...

Now it's time for us to prepare for next year and next season. We will keep you updated as to what we are busy with and the kind of progress we are making.

Have an awesome week.

Not normally open during the week, but...

December 9, 2015

Well, as you know, we are not usually open during the week, but we have decided to open this Friday for picking. The fields look promising, and hopefully we will manage a full weekend of picking. We will still be closed this Thursday though, so if you're wanting to come through to us, hold it over for Friday please.

It looks like this may be the last weekend of picking for the year, and that is quite a feat. Almost a full 3 months of picking, first time in I don't know how many years. We have fought the drought, rid ourselves of worms - a menace from the Japanese fruit fly, managed to deal with a hoard of visitors, some not as willing to look for the strawberries as others, but in general a very happy bunch of pickers...

We would like to thank everyone out there that has joined us this season for your support. We are hoping to make next year an even better and enjoyable picking experience for you and your family.

See you on the weekend, you know, bring the sunscreen, hats and old shoes... We are never guaranteed what the weather holds in store...

Job opening - front of house

December 6, 2015

As the year draws to a close, the silly season kicks in...

We are in search of a client liaison to join our team. Please spread the word...

To break it down a bit, the position involves most items that would be regular Front of House duties in any restaurant, guest house and day spa. Ensuring that the appropriate areas are set up at the beginning of the day, and closed up at the end of the day. Check-in and check-out of clients in the guest house. Taking food and drink orders. Stock take. Giving the clients personal attention, whereby ensuring that they have a pleasant visit to our farm, leading to return business. Some paperwork is required.

The position is suited to a mature, single, stable person of sober habits that works well in a team. 
The applicants must have a good command of the English language, be computer literate, hold a valid drivers license, be South African citizens or be in possession of a valid work permit.
All applicants are to forward their C.V. to info@thestrawberryfarm.co.za. 
Please note that all unintelligible C.V.s and covering letters will be deleted. We do not accept "chat type spelling".

 

We will contact selected applicants for interviews, and as such, if you do not hear from us by 4 January 2016, please consider that your application has not been successful. The position is to be filled mid-January 2016

The picnic dam is filling up...

December 4, 2015

The week has been a humid one, with a spit and a spot of rain, adding to the already high humidity of the Hartbeespoort dam area.

Yesterday and today have been our water allocation, this happens every 2 weeks or so, we get to fill our irrigation dam via a furrow system that comes from the Skeerpoort river. This river starts in the Sterkfontein caves and is full of minerals and yummy stuff which helps the plants grow. We are rather thankful, as our dam was looking really sad this week, as we have been pumping loads of water into the fields to keep everything alive. Usually we don't get the opportunity to have a little extra water, but this time the sluice was left open long enough for us to have a good go at filling our new picnic dam. No, the dam won't be full, but it gives our amazing clay soil an opportunity to to start creating the lining of the new dam. For us this is super exciting!!!

The next step is to start landscaping around the dam, planting trees and leveling out the ground for your comfort and pleasure.

As our strawberry season slowly comes to a grinding halt, we say goodbye to a bunch of our seasonal staff. These 9 ladies toil in the heat to keep the fields clean, by hand. They pull out the weeds and grass, often chopping the offending plants off just above the roots... These are the ladies that help keep the farm organic.. doing it all by hand... The ladies have managed to have 3 of the fields clean for this weekend, only one field hasn't been cleared... which means that over then next week or 2, the fields will start to get a little over grown, making picking a bit more difficult.

For those of you out there that want to know when our season will end, the short answer is that we don't know yet... In all honesty, we will only know a few days before it ends, due to the rate at which the strawberries grow. When nature says it's time to stop, then its time to stop. After the strawberries, we will still have veggie picking and if the other berries are available, we will open for picking of those too.

With some of the schools breaking up today, there will be quite a few parents looking for things to do with their kids in the next few weeks. We will be looking at possibly being open during next week for picking, be it for strawberries, or just veggies, we will have to see, it all depends on what the weekend brings. We will post it here if we are open or closed for picking during next week.

We hope you have an amazing Friday, and we hope to see you at the farm this weekend for picking...

The weatherman says that there is a good chance of thunder showers for both tomorrow and Sunday, but with maximum temperatures of about 35°C.

With the weather being the way it is, bring old shoes, an umbrella, sunscreen and a hat, we aren't sure what is coming our way this weekend. Don't forget, come early to avoid the heat... the earlier, the better...

Busy, Busy, Busy... another week preparing...

November 27, 2015

It's been a busy week preparing the fields for the new crops.

The fields for the beans and the mealies are good to go, next week is plant them full of great new produce.

The farmer says that the strawberries have been looking really good this week and had expected that there would be a lot less for picking this coming weekend. The strawberries are looking beautiful. 

Let's hope that the dust storm we are in the middle of, actually turns into something more substantial, like good rain. After the heat we have experienced over the last couple of days, rain is what we need...

So, if you have planned to come and pick strawberries on our farm this coming weekend, come early tomorrow. The weatherman says is should rain around lunch time, and could clear up a bit for Sunday, until early evening.

Come through and enjoy the fresh air and some good fun down in the fields.

You know what to do...

 

A week of good weather...

November 20, 2015

Thankfully this week was a little cooler than it has been lately, the whole farm appreciates that.

Most of the week was pretty dry, we had a day or two with a few drops of rain here and there. Last night though, wow!!! Incredible down pour, lots of good, well needed rain. According to Weather SA, we should be expecting more rain today, with 30% chance during the early hours of tomorrow morning, followed by a full weekend of hot, sunny weather.

The strawberries are looking pretty good for this weekend, there are some beautifully large berries begging to be picked.

Besides the strawberries, the veggies are looking amazing. We have green beans, yellow beans and purple beans, all of which are producing very well. There is also beetroot, baby marrows (both green and yellow), Chinese cabbage, a few carrots, Hubbard squash, radishes and a good few other veggies out there to pick.

Bring some old shoes, "wellies" or go down barefoot, either way, it's sure to be a rather muddy experience as the fields got a good soaking last night.

We expect to have strawberries available for the next couple of weekends, after that we will play it by ear...

See you at the farm. 

Hot, confused weather...

November 13, 2015

The temperatures this week on the farm have been insanely hot. There was one evening at 7:30 pm that it was still 39°C...

The strawberries aren't sure what to make of the heat, as there has been no rain which normally follows the hot weather around.

One valley over, there was a huge fire, took out most of the farms, it was insane - the sky was a bright orange glow

We have strawberries available this weekend, not as much as the beginning of the season, due to the adverse weather conditions, but we should make it through a relatively calm weekend. We are expecting Sunday to be quite quiet as 2 main routes to get to us will be closed in Jo'burg due to the 94.7 Cycle challenge.

It's been a busy week on the farm, lots of repairs, planting, clearing and more planning going on. All of us on the farm appreciated the slightly overcast conditions that we experienced twice this week, it broke the oppressive heat, promptly adding a whole bunch of humidity which isn't that much fun.

It's going to be another crazy hot weekend out here according to the weather service, and hopefully the rain comes on Tuesday.

Looking forward to all the visitors to the farm this weekend, see you there.

Don't forget the sunscreen, hats, etc...  

 

 

The strawberries are about at an end for this weekend...

November 8, 2015

As we thought, this weekend wouldn't be a good weekend for picking.

The strawberries are about picked out for the day. We are still open for those adventurous people that are wanting to spend some time down in the fields searching for strawberries. We also have mulberries, regular ones, white ones and a kind of rose colour too, as well as a selection of veggies to pick.

The tea garden will be open until 4 this afternoon, so pop by, or bring a picnic, come and spend a relaxing day on the farm.

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Need to contact us?

Give us a call on 012 207 1116

 

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

Our office hours are 8:30 to 16:30