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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 season, 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.

The 2017 strawberry picking season is over.

December 15, 2017

If you have missed it, our 2017 strawberry picking season has ended. We will be open for picking again near the end of September 2018.

It's been a pretty good strawberry season this year, with record amounts of strawberries being produced by our plants this year.

Now the hard work and preparation for next year kicks into high gear. As you may have read, we have started with preparations for our 2018 season already. Bags have been placed under the new runners, and a lot have rooted really well. From now until the end of next week we will be working flat out to ensure as many plants are rooted in these bags as possible. While the majority of the field staff are seeing to that, others will be ploughing and planting a huge variety of beans. These beans will give nitrogen back into the soil whilst they grow, and then they will be ploughed in, along with a good amount of Epsom Salts, egg shells and banana peels. All of these add natural goodness to the soil, all to help stimulate the strawberry plants, and assist with production of fruit next year. 

This year we will be planting in beans amongst the strawberry plants, along with herbs such as basil, borage, and coriander - not forgetting that we will also include marigolds to the mix too, as they work wonders with a lot of the bugs out there.

So, enough chit-chat, there is a lot of work to be done.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us this season, to pick and eat our sumptuous strawberries, we hope to #seeyouinthefields next year for an even better picking experience.    

The last day of strawberry season 2017...

December 10, 2017

It's another fantastic morning on The Strawberry Farm. It's perfect for picking our delicious sweet, red, organic strawberries.

Today is our last day of picking for the 2017 season, so, if you have missed out this year, today is your last opportunity to pick. The fields have enjoyed the rain over the last couple of weeks - the grass and weeds are testament to this, with their growth being incredible. This also goes to show that we are organic, as if we had been using poisons, there would be little to no growth of these plants amongst the strawberries.

With this being said, there are still a lot of strawberries in the fields first thing this morning, but it will be a hunt between the grasses and weeds. The fields are fairly muddy still too, making for a good day out in the country - most definitely not a city type experience.

Come out, bring the family, have a great day - don't forget the sunscreen and hats.

#seeyouinthefields

Mud,grass and weeds...

December 9, 2017

We had even more rain last night meaning that the fields are very wet this morning. The rain over the last week or 2 has slowed the removal of grasses and weeds from the fields, so they are rather overgrown at the moment.

Yes, we will be open for picking today, with a good possibility of picking tomorrow - we will have to play it by ear, depending on how much in the way of strawberries will be left at the end of today.

Beautiful blue skies, chirpy birds and a warm humid day await us. So, get here early to enjoy the pick of the picking.

Don't forget the sunscreen, hats and old shoes or "Wellies"

#seeyouinthefields 

We have one weekend of picking left...

December 7, 2017

Yes, you read right!!! The season will finish this coming weekend. We expected last weekend to be the end of it, but the weather has brought its' side by giving us wet, cool weather. 

All of the plants have been lapping up the rain and flourishing in the cooler weather this week - that includes the grass and weeds. Our field staff haven't been able to get into the fields much at all, due to the weather conditions of the last few days, and some of last week. This has lead to a huge spike in the grass and weed growth. The fields look nothing like they did a few weeks ago, between the extreme growth of "other" plants in the fields, the strawberry plants have been sending out runners like crazy. This makes finding the strawberries more of a "hide-and-seek" adventure, as opposed the relative ease with which they were being found a couple of weekends ago.

So, if you're into some serious nature adventure this weekend, come out to The Strawberry Farm to get your fill. From a really muddy experience - take off your shoes and walk through the fields barefoot, or don a pair of "Wellies" 'cause the mud sticks like mad, and it's much easier to clean feet or "Wellies" than it is to clean regular shoes, to hunting down elusive strawberries in amongst the undergrowth - they are there, the farmer has been checking on them.

We will be adding some pictures to our Instagram account during today, to show you guys what the situation is like in the fields. If you're on Instagram, follow us @the_strawberry_farm. We will be posting more about what we do and how things are coming along on the farm - from our organic veggies, to preparing the fields for next season, all the way through to spa specials and upcoming events. Yes, it's taking us some time to get to all of these wonderful social media things, we live on the farm, out here technology takes some time to catch up and then still be explored.

Saturday will see the kitchen closing about half an hour earlier than usual, but milkshakes and deserts will still be available until 4 pm.

We have just checked the weather, for the umpteenth time in the last few days, and it looks like we may be in for a partly cloudy weekend, or the sun might be out in all its' glory, we still aren't 100% sure yet.

So, bring the kids out to the farm on the weekend (we are still not open during the week, yes, we know it's school holidays officially from tomorrow - last day of school today) for a different experience.

#seeyouinthefields 

 

Gorgeous weather, get out of the city...

December 3, 2017

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it's a gorgeous morning on The Strawberry Farm. Finished your month end shopping? Enjoyed the Sevens Rugby? It's a perfect day to head out of the city, to get some fresh air and sunshine, along with a healthy dose of our delicious, sweet, organic strawberries.

We will even throw in a bit of a muddy barefoot experience this morning as we had some fantastic rain last night and the early hours of the morning. 

We expect this to be our last day of picking for this season, and there are still plenty strawberries to pick today as the majority of people stayed away to do their month end shopping, along with watching the rugby and any other sports that were on the go.

Bring the family for a great day out, or just to experience our amazing organic strawberries. Pack in the sunscreen and hats, as the sun is in full force already. Bring along a picnic, or order something from our restaurant - it's up to you.

The fields open at 7:30 am and we should be open until 4 this afternoon.

We will post here what is happening in the fields this coming week...

#seeyouinthefields

This should be it...

December 2, 2017

It's another beautiful morning on The Strawberry Farm, nice and overcast.

We have a 60% chance of rain for this morning up to 12 o'clock, after that there doesn't seem to be any chance of rain according to the weatherman, but we all know that he can get it very wrong at times.

This should be our last weekend of picking for the 2017 season. We have experienced more and more runners on the strawberry plants over the last few weeks, and with the increase of the runners, the production of strawberries drops, until eventually we have no fruit forming. By this point, we have also reduced the amount of field staff required for clearing the fields of weeds and grass, and, with the rain we have experienced this week - around 45 mm in total - the grass and weeds have grown rampantly. The ladies have taken some strain attempting to keep the fields and walkways clear.

On this note

  • the fields have a lot of growth in them, and are not clear like previous weekends.
  • there are little bags in between strawberry plants to help us propagate the new strawberry plants without disturbing their roots (I'll go into that in more detail in another post) - please do not stand on these bags, and these plants are not for sale (yet).
  • it's going to be a little more difficult to find the strawberries - yes, there is still plenty fruit this morning, just seeing them through the undergrowth is a little more difficult.

If you haven't managed to visit us this season yet, make sure it is this weekend that you make it out here to us. If you don't make it out to us, you'll more than likely have to wait until late September/ early October 2018 to pick our amazing strawberries.

Our irrigation dam is low again, even though we managed to fill it quite well last week. This should be remedied on Wednesday or Thursday this coming week as it will be our water turn again. If your wishing to picnic, rather enjoy our picnic dam or the shade with plenty grass. 

There are still mulberries to be had and the blackberries are starting to ripen. The blackberries look just like raspberries, but bigger, before they are ripe. With a little searching through the plants, you may find the odd ripe one - these are a dark purple that looks rather black when ripe. Please only pick these once ripe, otherwise they are not enjoyable.

As far as veggies go, we have the following available for picking:-

  • Carrots- a good variety of heirloom carrots, from white ones to purple ones, with the majority of them being varieties of orange carrots.
  • Radishes - not just red ones.
  • Beetroot - Striped beetroot, (Chioggia) albino white beetroot, regular red beetroot, and cylindra- a cylindrical beetroot.
  • Swiss Chard - similar to spinach, but nicer
  • Cos lettuce - plenty of it
  • Cinnamon Basil, and a bunch of other herbs
  • Beans - Green beans and Purple beans
  • Baby Marrows - both Green and Yellow Baby Marrows

So, with that all being said, get down to The Strawberry Farm to pick a good variety of organic produce this weekend.

#seeyouinthefields

The sun is shining...

November 26, 2017

Yup, that's correct - the sun is shining this morning, and there is an odd coolness in the air for this time of year. It's odd for us to experience a temperature of 10°C in November, which is was when we came in to work this morning. 

As you know, it bucketed down yesterday out here on the farm, and this has left the fields a really muddy adventure this morning, perfect for the kids to enjoy what being out in the country is really about - fresh air, sunshine, mud between the toes, and gorging yourself on organic produce.

"Wellies" or gum boots are the order of the day, or feel free to rather bring old shoes or just head into the fields barefoot for the organic experience...

Yes, there are plenty strawberries in the fields this morning for picking, but still, get here early 'cause we think it's going to be a crazy busy one.

#seeyouinthefields 

Safe to come out yet?

November 25, 2017

This mornings' dash of thunder and lightning has passed, the sun has even made a brief appearance. 

We all know Mother Nature is not predictable, and we have more dark clouds on the way - anything can happen.

So, if there is any thunder and lightning, we will close the fields, if it is merely rain, the fields will be open for an awesome, muddy experience. The restaurant will be open, but please note, we have a few larger groups booked around lunchtime today, so seating at that point will be limited- especially if it is raining. The Day Spa, and the rest of the farm, are not affected by the thunder and lightning, only the picking (the Spa is by prior booking only).

That being said... if we don't #seeyouinthefields, we will #seeyouinthefarm

Rain???

November 25, 2017

Good morning from a very overcast Strawberry Farm.

Last night we experienced some fantastic, well needed rain, and it looks like it may very well continue this morning. There are rumblings from upstairs, indicating this may be more than just rain, but a full blown thunderstorm. As you may know, if there is lightning, we will close the fields for your safety. We will be keeping a watchful eye out this morning due to the rumblings, and will play it by ear as to whether we will be opening at our regular time, or playing it safe and opening later.

As I type this, the rain has started to fall and there is lightning. We will keep you posted as to when we feel it will be safe to come out and pick.

#seeyouinthefields

It's a dash cooler this morning...

November 18, 2017

If you hadn't noticed, there is a cold front that has rolled through the country. Who would have thought that this close to Christmas South Africa would get to experience snow - is a white Christmas maybe on the cards? The changes in the global climate have become a lot more noticeable. A few seasons ago, we experienced a lot of weekends that were rained out, yet, the last three or four seasons have seen less and less rain- especially over weekends.

This has lead to us irrigating more - our usually relatively full dam is looking rather sad and almost empty as we speak. Monday and Tuesday see us getting our dam filled again, as it is our water turn in the area. 

As you know, we run an organic farm. We are continually looking at new ways of cutting down on our waste and reducing our carbon footprint. Always looking at how to recycle in a different way, in a way that is more positive for our fields and the rest of the environment. If you head into our fields this morning, you will find a few of the walkways look rather different, don't be alarmed, it is not a rubbish dump, we are looking at reusing our cardboard boxes by chopping them up, and putting them down in the walk ways for few reasons - firstly it's recycling, secondly it's to help keep the ground less muddy underfoot, thirdly we would like to keep as much of the moisture trapped in the soil, to reduce the evaporation that we experience, fourthly at the end of the season, the cardboard breaks down and will be ploughed into the ground, helping us to break up the clay soil a little.

Our farming is evolving slowly as we learn new things and experiment a lot, yes, with us there is a lot of trial and error. Over the last few years the face of our farm has changed, we have implemented a different watering system, expanded our fields, made use of different farming practices and as always, kept it organic. The kitchen uses a lot of eggs, bananas and citrus fruit. We wash the eggshells and soak them overnight, remove the shells from the water and dry them. The shells themselves get crushed by hand (rather chunky) and these get added to the fields, to help deter pests, break up the soil slightly, and add their nutrient content to the ground. The water that the shells soaked in gets filtered and has some Epsom Salts added, then sprayed into the fields, adding a good dose of nutrients for the plants. We go through the same process with the banana peels, except that the peels themselves are added to our compost heap, and we don't add the Epsom Salts to that water. As for the citrus, we boil up the peels and off cuts with water, allow it to steep for a couple of weeks. This has a good nutrient content and the oils keep a bunch of pests at bay.

If you like what we do, and feel that this may just be the kind of life you would like, talk to us. Everyone has their price.. 

Yes, we will be open for picking today, from 7:30 a.m.

Embrace the cooler weather, come out this morning and eat your fill of our delicious strawberries in the fields.

Don't forget the sunscreen!

#seeyouinthefields #Berrylekker

   

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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