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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 6 days a week 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.

Strawberry Picking is available to the public ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays during the season, late September to early December. 

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

Picked out!!!

October 15, 2017

Yes, you read correctly. We are picked out for this weekend folks. It's been a crazy weekend of vast numbers of pickers between yesterday and this morning. 

Our restaurant and picnic areas will still be open until 4 p.m. this afternoon. If you're in the area, pop in for a double thick strawberry milkshake and some of our ever-popular cheesecake, or enjoy a home-made burger.

If you missed out today, don't stress, we will have picking again next weekend. 

See you in the fields soon.

A beautiful day...

October 15, 2017

What a day we had yesterday. Loads of people came through to pick and eat our strawberries in the fields. 

Over and above the devouring of our delicious bounty down in the fields, about 7000 strawberries were picked to take home. Yes, its a lot of strawberries, but we do still have more to be enjoyed in the fields this morning. 

We will be open for picking this morning, but the later you wait, the less chance there will be that we will be open for picking. The fields open at 7:30 am, so get here early, have a little breakfast, enjoy the morning. Depending on the number of people descending on the farm this morning.

The farm shop, restaurant and picnic area will be open until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

#familydayout #berrylekker #goodwholesomefun 

A glorious morning for picking

October 14, 2017

It's a glorious morning here on the strawberry farm. A fantastic start to the day, cool with a light breeze - perfect for picking.

Last weeks rain was very welcome, and has done wonders for the strawberries, perking them up and making them look really good. We have loads of strawberries for picking this morning, so come on through and eat your fill of our sun-ripened, sweet, red, organic strawberries.

See you in the fields.

#greatdayout #freshairandsunshine #berrylekker 

Picking...

October 8, 2017

A beautiful day greeted us this morning, with light cloud cover and a few patches of blue sky. The weatherman really didn't get it right this weekend, as rain and thunderstorms were forecast for most of it and what awesome weather we have been having. But hey, we are happy, with a lot of happy pickers coming through yesterday. 

Due to the large numbers of pickers yesterday, and no - we weren't picked out, we will have limited picking on this fantastic Sunday, so get here early. And on the note of opening times, during our season we are open 7:30 am and close at 4 pm. That is the fields, the picnic area and the restaurant all close at 4 pm. Times posted on other websites are incorrect. Only times posted on our website and Facebook pages are our operating hours.

We had a fantastic turn out yesterday, with lots of people coming through with their kids. It was great to see. Plenty gumboots were worn (it shows people read these posts and our posts on our Facebook page) and these boots made for a much easier and "cleaner" experience in the fields. 

Bring the kids for a good day out. But as always, get here early.

See you in the fields.

It's raining, it's pouring...

October 6, 2017

It's been a beautiful week of intermittent rain, with a full day of rain yesterday. The plants love the rain, and perk up a lot with the cooler weather and the 21mm of the downpour really does a world of difference. We have had pickers enjoying the wet and muddy conditions in the fields, of which some are not as muddy as others. Wednesday saw the most pickers during the week, letting the kids loose and getting them out and about really did wonders for a whole bunch of people this week.

Picking will be open this weekend, come rain or shine. The only time that we will close the fields this weekend, would be if there is lightning, or if we are picked out. Come through this weekend, bring your "Wellies", or go picking barefoot (it's easier than cleaning your shoes), if you wish wear a raincoat, bring an umbrella, but more than likely bring a towel with you to dry off after your picking (we also have hot drinks available if you wish). The cooler weather is much more conducive to enjoyable strawberries than the hot sunny weather.

So, pack in the family - especially the kids, along with umbrellas, raincoats, gumboots and towels (if you wish) for some of the cleanest dirty fun you could have as a family.

See you in the fields this weekend

#dirtyfun #berrylekker #greatdayout  

And it started...

September 30, 2017

As I walked down the driveway to remove the "Closed for Picking" sign at 07:25 this morning, the 7th and 8th vehicle of the morning drove past me, and I have to say the people in the 7th vehicle seemed a lot more jovial with a great smile and wave as they drove past... I figure the people in car number 8 just felt it was way too early for being anywhere, but the kids need for strawberries was way more significant than their need for sleep. Heck, I could have done with a few more hours myself.

But, it was a beautiful day on the farm. Not too hot, just a slight, welcome coolness to the air.

The farm was abuzz with activity from early.

Jan, who gives the people direction to the fields, and explains about picking and buckets, as well as the in's and out's of picking and enjoying yourself down in the fields, was bounding around the place pre-seven o'clock. Anyone who has been to the farm over the last few years for picking will recognize him from the main entrance, wearing the leather cowboy-type hat.

Our regular direction giver, who loved helping you folks, as well as enjoyed the fresh air and the company of the farms' dogs, the man with the radio, John, unfortunately passed away last week rather suddenly. Our respects go out to his family, and yes, he was part of our family too. Assisting you guys, and bending your ears was something that he thoroughly loved and looked forward to. May he Rest in Peace.

As for the rest of us, we were scurrying around as we always do on the first weekend of picking. Fixing glitches and trying out new staff was the order of the day. But one thing can be said, our strawberry pickers today were most certainly not disappointed. Even after the Chef picked a good 4 kg's of strawberries for the kitchen to use, and my gosh, they were delicious.

We are currently embracing the thunder, lightning and light rain on the farm, it's a really good sign for the coming season.

As for further picking, we will be open at 7:30 tomorrow morning, and from there we will play it by ear, as we had a pretty good day of picking today, but we are sure tomorrow will bring more strawberries to be enjoyed.

Hope to see you in the fields.

#dayoutinthecountry #berrylekker #TSF #organic #strawberries #eatyourfill

Yes, folks, that's right... Season will open 30 September 2017

September 29, 2017

Yes, you read correctly... Picking season starts tomorrow, 30 September 2017.

For the first time in the 14 years that we have been open for strawberry picking, are we limiting the opening weekend picking hours. We will be open for picking from 7:30 am until 10 am on Saturday for picking, with Sunday being dependent on what Saturday afternoon looks like.

Yes, you read right, only two and a half hours of picking available on Saturday morning.

Every year we experience more and more people descending on the farm for our opening weekend, as well as the following few weekends. Yes, we appreciate this, but it does tend to mean that we are picked out earlier and earlier each year. By limiting our picking times this first weekend, we are attempting to ensure there will be strawberries to pick on Sunday. As it stands, with the limited times for Saturday, we expect that we should be open on Sunday for picking, yet this is not guaranteed. We will only be able to post that on Saturday afternoon.  

The weatherman seems to think that we will be having a nice, partly cloudy weekend, which is great for picking. But don't forget the sunscreen.

We recommend getting here at 7:30 tomorrow morning, for the pick of our strawberries. We are not just a pick-your-own, we are a pick and eat in the fields...

See you in the fields bright and early.

 

The fields...

September 25, 2017

As it stands, 2 of the fields bounty is beautifully ripe with the majority of them being a good size. That still leaves the rest of the fields to start catching up, which we doubt will happen by this coming weekend. It looks like we will be opening for a limited time this coming weekend for picking. As our season progresses, there will be more and more strawberries available. The season should run until early December, as it does every year.

This years rates:

Entrance into the fields- R70 per Adult and R50 per child under 10.

This covers entry into the fields, be it to have a look, or to take advantage of the berries in the fields by picking and eating your fill down in the fields. Fruit and vegetables taken out of the fields will be weighed and charged for at the going rate. 

Picnicking- R50 per person irrespective of age.

This entitles you to bring your own picnic and enjoy it on our farm.

Picking entrance does NOT entitle you to picnicking, and picnic entrance does NOT cover picking.

As soon as we have evaluated the fields this week, we will then post our picking times for this weekend.

See you in the fields soon.

#TSF #familydayout #freshairandsunshine #inthecountry #gloriousberries

Strawberry season is nearly here

September 17, 2017

Our strawberry season is nearly upon us.

The plants are full of little white flowers, most are heavy with green strawberries, with a few of the plants producing red fruit so far. Unfortunately this isn't anywhere near sufficient for you - the public - to come and pick. 

We expect that we will have fields full of ripe fruit in about 2 weekends time, being 30 September and 1 October. The phone has been ringing off the hook with people enquiring if our season has started and if they can come through and pick strawberries - NOT YET PEOPLE, a little more patience is required, Mother Nature takes her time.

The last while, we have been furiously clearing the fields of the weeds, cleaning up walkways, patching up leaks in irrigation systems, creating better compost heaps, dealing with the odd fire from next door and not to forget constant watering. This season, we have planted an additional 4 fields worth of strawberry plants to try to cope with the masses that come through. Last year, on average, we were picked out on Saturdays by around 2pm!!! We had more fields available to pick in, with a lot more plants to pick from and yet, the sheer number of people that came through to us on a Saturday morning was overwhelming.

We have made productive changes to the fields this year, 4 extra fields, more compost and a better watering regime. This should all contribute to a better season, with a lot more strawberries to pick. Production last year was estimated at about 8 tonnes of strawberries - this is worked out through what we harvest for ourselves, the number of people through the fields and what gets sold as people leave the fields. This year is going to be even better, with the expectation of breaking the 10 tonne mark, should be closer to 12 tonnes.

A friendly reminder:

Our season should last until early December.

We get swamped the first few weekends.

Get here early on a Saturday as it is "first come, first served", we do not take bookings over weekends for picking.

The public is only allowed to pick on weekends, arrive midweek and you're likely to be turned away.

Your picking entrance fee covers you going into the fields, picking and eating there only - strawberries taken out are charged at the going rate. (unlike other places that charge you an entrance fee, give you a punnet/container, and that is all that you are allowed to pick - no eating in their fields allowed)

You can go into the fields as many times in the day, that you have paid your entrance fee for, as you wish, strawberry availability permitting.

We reserve the right to limit strawberries being taken out of the fields.

We cannot, at anytime, guarantee the availability of strawberries. We do not know how many people will get to our farm before you, nor will we know how much they will eat before you get here. If you call us during the week leading up to your visit, we will more than likely inform you that there will be strawberries for that weekend, if we say that, it means there will strawberries for picking at 7:30 am on the Saturday morning, after that, we will not know.

If you wish to go into our fields, we will charge you entrance, whether it is to have a quick look, or possibly eat your weight in strawberries - entrance fee allows you entry into the fields.

We close at 4 pm, as in the farm is not open for the public after 4 pm. If you are picnicking, please pack up at 4, to be off the farm by 4:30 pm. No entry to the fields will be allowed after 4 pm, people in the fields my please start making their way out of the fields at 4 pm.

For further information, please visit our strawberry picking page.

We look forward to having you join us on the farm.

See you soon

Spring Spa Specials

September 3, 2017

Checkout our Spring Spa Specials here.

Go ahead, spring clean your motivation with a day in the spa.

Feel rejuvenated after the long dry winter, plus it's a short downhill to the end of the year...

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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