Posted by: Lourrey | May 24, 2011

Strawberry Farm

The Strawberry Farm is located in La Trinidad, Benguet, Baguio’s neighboring town. The best time to go here is in the morning, when the farmers are picking strawberries. If you go at a later time, you may not be able to pick ripe and big strawberries because the farmers have harvested them at that time.
From Burnham Park, walk towards the Baguio Center Mall. It would take you around 10 mins. In front of the mall is a jeepney terminal. Take the jeep going to BUGAYAN or LA TRINIDAD and tell the driver to drop you at the Strawberry Farm. The fare is P11.25. The farm is a walking-distance from the drop-off point.
On your way, you will see a lot of stalls with souvenirs, vegetable and freshly-picked strawberries.
Take note that strawberry-picking costs twice compared to the market price. It costs P300 while you can buy them at P150. If you are wondering why, it is because you are actually paying for the experience, not for the strawberries. And besides, the farmers won’t guide you. There is a chance that the plants will be ruined or the unripe fruits destroyed. The best way to maximize the experience with a limited budget is to pay for a single basket and share the picking experience. If you want more strawberries, you may buy them from the vendors near the field.
Strawberry Picking Tips:

Avoid wearing heels. The farm tend to be always muddy because of the precipitation and irrigation. I was so filthy after picking strawberries. But it was sooo much fun.
Choose the strawberries with shiny, bright red color. To avoid ruining your harvest, hold the fruit on your palm and pinch the stalk with your thumb and forefinger. Gently twist while pulling the fruit.
If you are planning to store the strawberries and bring them home, avoid washing them beforehand so as to avoid spoilage. Wrap them with a paper. To protect the strawberries, you may even opt to buy the basket for an additional P10.
In the market far from the field, you may find strawberries for only P70 per kilo. We actually thought it was a bargain. But unfortunately, they were overripe and not longlasting. We bought them on Thursday and by Friday, they were already spoiled. The strawberries from the field lasted until Monday, and they were still in good condition at that time. So it was really worth our money
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See http://exploringbaguio.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/baguio-three-day-itinerary/ for a sample itinerary or you may visit my other blogs for more tourist spots and travel tips in Baguio.

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