The Strawberry Forest is like wondering through a secret garden maze of Strawberry trees, kids call it The Treasure Hunt forest! running around searching for the biggest and ripest Strawberries.
The farm's clever vertical design takes up less land required like other strawberry farms and uses less water making it sustainable and easy to maintain no need for ground fumigation prior to planting like conventional farming and best of all its Chemical free, Only using plant based products if required.
The Strawberry Forest is part of The Fruits of Life - a fresh produce market right next door just a short 50m stroll under the historic elms, where you can order a freshly squeezed juice, ice cold smoothie or organic coffee from the juice bar. When we are there we like to top up on your weekly fruit and veg with the selection of produce harvested fresh from the farm just behind the store. You'll also find plenty of homemade jams, chutneys, sauces, honey, cheese and other small goods, you could literally get lost in there for hours.
If you're coming from Melbourne, travel along the Western Highway and take the first Bacchus Marsh exit towards the Bacchus Marsh township (approximately 53.4kms from the CBD). Follow the tree-lined Avenue of Honour all the way till you see The Fruits of Life store (located approximately 4.1kms from the Bacchus Marsh turn-off) on the right hand side.
We absolutely love the clever design and Spacing between the Strawberry Trees making it so much easier and accessible to all. Unlike other farms no bending over is required you can pick from any height, making it easier for toddlers and the really tall people.
If you have time ask for Sam, he'd be happy to take you out to the farm to show you how they grow their fresh produce. Just make sure you bring your gumboots!
WHEN First pick of the season is usually late October early November . Open most weekends and then open every day closer to Christmas and the summer time.
Entry Entry is free for kids 5 and under. All others are $2.
Cost Strawberries $12/kg
Chemical free Easy pram and wheelchair access Check out there Facebook page for regular updates and events.
Tuckerberry Hill Berry Farm and Café is a small locally operated farm located in the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula town of Drysdale. It's open during the warmer months – when berries are in season. Usually strawberries from October to May and blueberries from December to end of February.
Here you will enjoy picking fresh chemical spray free blueberries from $16 - $20 per kilo and you just pay for what you pick. Bonus there’s no entrance fee.
Tuckerberry Hill was started by one of Australia’s first pioneering blueberry farmers, Margaret Tucker (hence the name!), with her daughter Christine and husband David Lean continuing on the farm. Tuckerberry Hill is the only blueberry orchard on the Bellarine and all their fruit is spray-free and grown under natural conditions.
We spent a relaxing Saturday afternoon there and pick as much as we pleased and enjoy some lovely homemade scones with homemade blueberry jam and the kids loved the blueberry milkshakes at the newly renovated cafe. Our children loved picking their own berries and playing in the grounds and slide afterwards.
I highly recommend heading to Tuckerberry Hill for some family fun and it’s a great experience to let the kids explore around the orchards.
WHEN Open 9-5pm
WHERE Drysdale, Victoria
COST $16 per kg if you pick over 3 kgs $18 per kg if you pick between 1-3 kgs $20 per kg if you pick less than 1 kg
Berries will keep in the freezer for over 6 months
Local produce market open Saturdays;
Take a hat, sunscreen and water. Go early to avoid the heat
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