The Strawberry Farm

"Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever..."

I caught myself humming (getting into the moment) to one of The Beatles' most famous songs as we travel along the road going to, well, the strawberry fields (more commonly known as the Strawberry Farm). 

Gigantic strawberry

Located at La Trinidad, Benguet (a.k.a The Strawberry Capital), The Strawberry Farm produces the best and disease-free strawberries in the whole country due to a process of tissue culture in cooperation with the Benguet State University.

The Strawberry Farm's PYO (pick-your-own) season is from November to May. Best time to go is early in the morning because it is during this time that the harvesting is usually done. If you go late in the afternoon, you might not be able to pick ripe ones or worse, go home empty handed. The other important reason why we went there early in the morning is to avoid the harsh rays of the sun come noon time.

There are quite a number of stalls within the farm grounds. They sell all kinds of strawberry products and other Baguio delicacies

Stalls selling strawberry products

Entrance to the picking grounds

Strawberry fields' welcome sign at The Strawberry Farm Benguet

There's no entrance fee. We paid PhP 300/kilo. Higher than the ones they sell elsewhere in Baguio City but still cheaper than those they sell in Manila. Everyone can get into the experience of picking strawberries since the price is per kilo and not per person. We gathered all those we picked and had them weighed. We got around over a kilo of bright red, fresh strawberries.

We were given baskets such as this one before entering the strawberry picking grounds. This was obviously taken towards the end of our stay there. ☺ I forgot to take a picture of an empty basket.

Freshly picked strawberries in a basket

Crossing a bridge to get there

Strawberry fields at Benguet

It surprised us to see that there were vegetables planted on the farm. I thought that they were only exclusive to strawberries given the farm name.

Lettuce fields

We spied a couple of hard working farmers. We've appreciated these farmers more after our experience. We complained tons after bending over for less than an hour and these workers do it for more than half a day! 

Farmers planting seeds at the strawberry farm

Some of the rows were covered with plastic that day to protect the strawberries from the anticipated heavy rains in the afternoon.

Strawberry fields covered by plastic for protection

Since strawberries are easily bruised, we asked our guide to teach us how to properly pick the sweet, juicy red  fruits to reduce wastes and make the experience better.

Strawberry plants

The soil around the rows are soft because of constant watering so I suggest that you bring extra pair of shoes or better yet, wear a pair of rain boots.  

It's a rare opportunity in this country to be able to go to a PYO farm. I personally don't know any other PYO farm in the Philippines aside from the Strawberry Farm. It's a fun activity for the whole family especially for the kids. They'll be educated to where the fruits come from and how they are cultivated. They will also learn and appreciate more the local farmers who does all the dirty work. To top it all off, enjoying the strawberries at their freshest state is truly a wonderful experience.

Strawberry Farm
La Trinidad Valley, Benguet

HOW TO GET THERE: From Session Rd., turn right to Magsaysay Rd. then turn left at the first stop light. Go straight until you reach the Welcome to La Trinidad arch sign. Stay on that road. You'll see the Benguet State University on your right and right after which, you'll see this sign on your left...

Turn left when you see the sign above. A few meters from the street entrance, you'll see the Strawberry Farm entrance on your right hand side.

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