Fruit Picking in the Western Cape – Where and When to do it

by Lauren Morling on 24 August, 2013 · 4 comments

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The Western Cape is known for its endless vineyards and scenic, fertile valleys. Surrounded by immense purple mountains and rolling green hills, there is no setting more beautiful for spending a day cultivating the fields. For those who are keen to explore, there are plenty of areas in the Western Cape that are well known for bearing all types of fruit that you can hand pick straight off the trees, fields, and shrubs. Read on for the farms we recommend:

Mooiberge

Strawberry picking, Mooiberge Winery

Nestled between Stellenbosch and Somerset West in the scenic Cape Winelands, Mooiberge (also known as Wynland Boerdery) has developed a reputation for harvesting some of the country’s finest and juiciest strawberries. The setting is absolutely exquisite – vast mountains and endless vineyards are a stunning backdrop and the entertaining scarecrows, giant strawberries, and antique tractors add a unique character to the area.

Strawberries by Grongar (Flickr)

You will be given a large box before being sent off to the fields where you can spend as long as you please selecting the finest ripe strawberries in the region. Once you’re all picked-out, you can weigh your box (charged per kilogram) and take your reasonably priced box of strawberries home. For those eager to linger a little longer, the Mooiberge Farm Stall near the fields offers everything from nuts and dried fruit, to tasty treats. Visitors are advised to phone before to ensure the fields haven’t been plucked dry by over-enthusiastic visitors.

Mooiberge

  • When: end October – December
  • Where: Strand Road, R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
  • Times: Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays from 08h00 – 18h00 (November – December), daily during school holidays.
  • Contact: +27 (0)21 881 3222
  • Price: per kilogram

Cherry Picking at Klondyke Cherry Farm

Cherry picking, Klondyke Cherry Farm

Gather friends and family together and enjoy a day of cherry picking at Klondyke Cherry Farm in Ceres. You will be charged an entry fee and thereafter, the cherries are priced per kilogram. Take your time selecting the juiciest red fruits from the fields. After a day of cherry picking, you can choose to stay on and enjoy a picnic or braai in the shade of the pine trees. Don’t forget to pack a warm jacket as the wind can get very chilly, even in summer.

Cherries

  • When: December – early January
  • Where: Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres
  • Times: daily during season, 08h00 – 16h30
  • Contact: +27 (0)23 312 1521
  • Price: *R20 per entry, R45 per kg of cherries. No credit card facilities available.

Fig Picking by Richard BH (Flickr)

Fig picking, Hoogwater Farm

Pick your own fresh figs directly from the trees at Hoogwater Farm near Ceres. You will be charged for entry and then per punnet of figs you take home. The best part about it is that you can eat as many figs as you like while you’re in the orchards! Strolling through the trees laden with ripe figs (white flesh and Mediterranean) promises a day of fun for the whole family. What’s more, Ladera Artisan Wines will be available for tasting and purchase on Saturdays, and picnic baskets are available for pre-bookings.

Fig Picking by Monica Arellano Ongpin (Flickr)

  • When: January – February
  • Where: Hoogwater Farm, R43 road towards Ceres, Wolseley
  • Times: Monday – Friday, 08h00 – 16h00, Saturday and Sunday, 08h00 – 12h00
  • Contact: +27 ()83 762 2803
  • Price:  R40 entry per person, R5 per punnet for fruit taken home.

Berries by Dano (Flickr)

De Slangrivier Berry Farm, Wellington

A visit to De Slangrivier Berry Farm in Wellington is not to be missed. You can enjoy a day of picking fruits such as strawberries, youngberries, and Cape gooseberries, as well as a guided tour of the farm. Afterwards, browse the farm shop with homemade jams and berry vinegar on offer.

  • When: November- December
  • Where: De Slangrivier Berry Farm, Wellington
  • Times: Monday – Friday, 09h00 – 17h00, Saturday 09h00 – 13h00
  • Contact: +27(0)21 864 2151
  • Price: per kilogram

Wildebraam Berry Estate (TG)

Wildebraam Berry Estate, Swellendam

Berry picking at Wildebraam Berry Estate in Swellendam is a rewarding experience for all ages. You can enjoy a morning of berry picking (blackberries and youngberries) in the countryside, as well as a trip to the tasting room to sample the range of liqueurs produced in the private cellar. If any of them take your fancy, you can purchase an array of liqueured fruits, jams, dessert syrups, chutneys, relishes, and pickles produced by the farm kitchen, or enjoy a smoothie or berry juice at the cellar café. The tasting room is open all year round and sells frozen berries as well as an assortment of jams, pickles, chutneys, and preserves. Bring your own container or purchase a bucket from us on site. It is important to wear closed shoes and remember a sun hat.

Berries by Gavin St Ours (Flickr)

  • When: November – December
  • Where: Wildebraam Berry Farm, Swellendam
  • Times: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 17h00, Saturday 09h00 – 16h00, Sunday 10h00 – 14h00 (Nov – Dec)
  • Contact: +27 (0)28 514 3132
  • Price:  Entry: R5, Picking: R15 per kilogram
  • When: November/December

Fresh Peaches by Quiltsalad (Flickr)

Fruit picking, Lentelus

Enjoy a day of picking peaches, pears, plums, and apples in the stunning Tradouw Valley near Barrydale. This family run fruit and wine farm is a great space for relaxing. In spring the blossoms drift around; in summer sweet-ripe peaches, plums and apples are yours for the picking.

Apples

  • When: spring and autumn
  • Where: Lentelus Farm, Tradouw Valley near Barrydale
  • Times: by appointment
  • Contact: +27 (0)28 572 1636
  • Price: per kilogram

*Prices are as of the 2012 season

 

What fruit do you enjoy picking in the Western Cape?

Lori Fourie November 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

We are visiting the Cape at the end of April – please could you let me know if any farms are available for picking fruit. We would love to pick peaches, grapes, apples etc.
Kind regards
Lori 079 501 4253

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Lauren Morling November 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hi Lori,

That’s great! I’m not too sure which farms will still be offering pickings as the fruit seasons vary. I suggest you have a look at the post below for the farms you’re interested in visiting and give them a call to see whether they will be open during April (the contact details are provided for each). I really hope you’ll have some luck!

Have a lovely weekend :)

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