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Where to pick fruit and flowers
Fill up on fruit and veg or make your own flower bouquets
Last updated: Monday, 4 September 2023
Fruit, veg and flower picking is a bucket-list activity in Cape Town: You get to spend time outdoors, it’s budget-friendly, and it’s a great way to explore outside of the city. Visit Elgin for an orchard tour, pick strawberries and look at giant scarecrows, or create your own flower arrangements in Stellenbosch.
GO WINE TASTING AFTER YOUR PICKING
De Krans Wine Farm – home of the first Pink port-style wine as well as the first Perlé Moscato wine in South Africa – allows peach and apricot picking on their farm during summer. There’s a bistro and deli on site for if you get peckish after a few hours in the sun, as well as a tasting room for the wine-lovers.
When to pick: November (apricots) and December (peaches)
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am - 4pm
Cost: R10 per kg (peaches) and R9 per kg (apricots)
Calitzdorp | Klein Karoo | 044 213 3314 | @dekranswines | Image: Kelly Neil/Unsplash
MAKE YOUR OWN FLORAL BUNCHES
Jamestown Flower Farm opened at the end of 2020 in Stellenbosch. The fields are brightly coloured with flowers and you can pick dahlias, sunflowers, snapdragons, marigolds, cosmos and many more. There is also a scenic river area where you can sit down and rest between flower picking.
When it can be picked: All year (flowers vary depending on time of year)
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
Cost: From R3 - R15 per stem
58 Webersvallei Road | Stellenbosch |@jamestownflowerfarm | Image: Jamestown Flower Farm
GO ON AN APPLE ORCHARD TOUR
Once a month, Cheverells Farm in Elgin hosts apple-picking mornings. The experience includes a guided tour of the orchard, a glass of freshly pressed apple juice, apple picking, eat as much as you like in the orchards and 2kg of apples to take home. The farm also has a café which serves fresh, seasonal meals.
When to pick: See upcoming events on the Cheverells Farm website
Opening hours: Given when tour is booked
Cost: R120 (adult), R30 (children under 12)
55 Highlands Road | Elgin Valley | 060 8611044 | @cheverellsfarm | Image: Cheverells Farm
NECTARINES, FIGS, PEACHES: YOU CHOOSE
Hoogwater Farm is situated in the pictaresque Wolseley, a small town near the Breede River. You can pick a wide variety of fruit, including apples, nectarines, peaches, pears and figs. Bonus: you'll be able to eat as much as you'd like while in the orchards.
When to pick: Nectarines: November - December. Apples, peaches, pears and figs: January - February.
Opening hours: 8 Jan - 5 Feb 2022; every Sat & Sun from 8am to 1pm
Cost: R60 for adults, R30 for kids under 13; free for kids under 3
SAVOUR THE BEST STRAWBERRIES
Mooiberge Strawberry Farm in Stellenbosch is known for having one of the best strawberry harvests in Cape Town. Visitors can pick strawberries under the watchful eyes of large colourful scarecrows. There’s also a farm stall where you can buy local and imported goods (they even have Biscoff spread - worth the outing to try it for yourself!).
When to pick: October - December
Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: Pick as much as you want (charged per kilogram)
Strand Road | Stellenbosch | 021 881 3222 | @mooibergefarmstall | Image: Mooiberge Strawberry Farm
ENJOY FARM-FRESH VEG AND HERBS
Oranjezicht City Farm is known for its super popular market in Granger Bay, but did you know you can pick fresh veg and herbs there too? From Monday to Saturday, Oranjezicht City Farm allows you to pick your own produce. There’s a wide range – like beetroot, carrots, green beans, spinach, mint, oregano, rosemary – and prices are similar to those of Oranjezicht City Farm Market.
When to pick: All year
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 2pm
87 Upper Orange St | Cape Town | 083 508 1066 | @ozcfarm | Image: Oranjezicht City Farm
BUY BLUEBERRY GOODIES TO TAKE HOME
Having opened in 2021, the Blueberry Bar in Paarl is one of the newer fruit picking spots around. You can trust that the berries are natural and organic - the plants are treated with mushroom spray and predator bugs instead of pesticides. Besides blueberries, you can also buy rusks, biscotti, jam and juice all made with the produce.
When to pick: October - December
Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday, 8am - 4pm
Cost: R60pp for a 500g bucket
Klapmuts | Paarl | 082 3388 215 | @blueberrybarsa | Image: Blueberry Bar
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
Chart Farm in Wynberg is the perfect spot for a sweet date, a catch-up with friends or a family outing. The rose garden has more than 15 varieties and 6000 rose bushes. The gardens are beautiful to look at (especially with the backdrop of the mountain) and the farm also offers horse riding and has a café.
When to pick: Most of the year, except August and September
Opening hours: Daily, 9am - 4pm
Cost: R8 per stem (pick your own) or R10 (pre-picked)
Klaassens Road | Wynberg | 021 761 0434 | @the_chart_farm | Image: Chart Farm
VISIT FOR CHERRIES IN SUMMER + SNOW IN WINTER
Klondyke Cherry Farm in Ceres can be visited all-year round: During summer, the farm opens daily for cherry-picking. You can pick the popular red cherries or the less-sweet yellow cherries. During winter, the farm is also open for visitors to experience snow. The cottages and camping facilities can be enjoyed all year, too.
When to pick: November - December
Opening hours: Daily, 8:30am - 4:15pm
Cost: Entrance fee - R40pp (adult), R20pp (children under 10). R80 per kilogram.
Bo-Swaarmoed Rd | Ceres | 087 550 0232 | @klondykecherryfarm | Image: Klondyke Cherry Farm
LEARN ABOUT FLOWERS
Flourish Urban Flower Farm offers a variety of flower workshops. Based in the southern suburbs, this farm focuses on producing in-season flowers and the gardens are wildlife friendly and have a small carbon footprint. Cut flowers and learn how to make your own arrangement, or be taught the basics of creating a flower garden.
Cost: From R800, check workshops on Flourish Urban Flower Farm
Plumstead |@flourish_urbanflowerfarm | Image: Flourish Urban Flower Farm
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