It’s officially strawberry season and there are few activities more fulfilling than going straight to the source to handpick your very own luscious berries. One of the advantages of living in the Western Cape is you are spoilt for choice when it comes to strawberry farms. We’ve helped you narrow it down to these 5 favourites:
1 Mountain Breeze Farm Stall
The rolling green fields are the first thing that catch your eye. Besides getting your strawberry fix, you can indulge in chocolate, sweets and nuts, all at one convenient location in Stellenbosch. Grab lunch at their restaurant and or a cuppa java at the coffee shop. If you want to disconnect from the bustle of the city, this farm is the best place to go. Call 021 880 1700
2 Mooiberg farm
The name says it all. As you enter the farm in Stellenbosch you are greeted by creatively carved scarecrows who stand guard over well nourished strawberries. Plan accordingly, the public is only allowed to to pick berries during weekends and public holidays. The cafe and farmers kitchen, however, are open all week if you are in the area. There is also a store to while time away if vintage leather handbags and baskets appeal to you. https://www.zetler.co.za/mooiberge.html
3 Polkadraai
A firm favourite in the Stellenbosch area, you will never get enough of their facilities. Before you run out into the strawberry fields make sure you buy a container, you are not allowed to pick berries without one. Once you get your fill of fruit you can meander the child-friendly area which boasts activities like tractor and pony rides, face painting and mini golf. It is a full day experience, stay for lunch at the food court, the kids will love playing in the open spaces. http://polkadraaifarm.co.za/

4 Helderberg Farm
Perched on the foot of the Helderberg mountain, the farm is the epitome of traditional South African charm. Visitors get far more than they have bargained for. They are not only famous for their fields of strawberries, they also have indigenous wildlife. The clump of trees on the farm is home to more than 100 bird species. Fish eagles and blue cranes run rampant. This is a great place to host parties and weddings, and of course pick strawberries.  http://helderbergplaas.co.za/

5 Redberry farm
Located in the picturesque town of George, Redberry Farm have secured their spot in the top five not only for their berries, but also for their tea garden. You can almost smell the freshly baked scones slathered with fresh cream, strawberry preserves and butter. Make your way to the farm stall for everything strawberry. The strawberry jam is addictive, make sure you buy an extra one on your way out. If you want to prolong your visit your stay, there is a self catering cottage on the property. Happy picking.  http://www.redberryfarm.co.za/

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