Berry Time

December 07th, 2017
Berry Time
Strawberry fields around the Hills are flourishing at this time of year with an abundance of juicy, red fruit.

Dipped in chocolate, added to your favourite dessert or eaten as a snack, nothing beats locally grown strawberries.

The Hills is ideal for growing strawberries, with warm days and cool nights, and the season typically lasts from November to April.

Family owned Green Valley Strawberries has been growing the popular fruit in Nairne for the past three decades. The Rozaklis family grow, pick and pack fresh strawberries.

Owner Jimi Rozaklis said this year they will have a good quality season – weather permitting.
“We started in 1985 as something different to do and as the business grew we made our home in Nairne,” he said.

“Sales of strawberries far outweigh everything else and we focus on producing good quality fruit.
“You can do whatever you like with them, dipped in chocolate, chopped in fruit salads, added to ice cream, pavlova and jellies.

“Leading up to Christmas a lot of people grab trays of second grade strawberries to make daiquiris and punch.”

When you visit the farm gate shop you will find first class strawberries which are hand-picked and packed on the day of harvest.

“We have regulars that have been coming here for over 30 years – now with their children and grandchildren,” Jimi said.

“The local support is fantastic and we even have people coming up from the city and all over the state.”

Jim is also lucky enough to have the help and support of his wife Lynda and their three daughters Danielle, Christie and Stephanie.

The family operate Green Valley Cafe severing home made sweet treats – with a strawberry flavour of course.

On weekends they serve home made waffles and pancakes with the star being fresh strawberries and homemade condiments.

Green Valley Strawberries will be taking Christmas orders from the start of December.

They are located at 686 Woodside Road, Nairne. For more information visit http://www.greenvalleystrawberries.com.au

The ever popular Beerenberg Farm is another hot spot for berry lovers and last year they welcomed more than 80,000 pickers during strawberry season.

The Paech family’s first strawberry patch was planted back in 1960. They began to sell strawberries from a roadside tin shed, then from the back of a wooden cart and later from a truck in Adelaide’s East End market.

From family outings to marriage proposals in the strawberry patch, picking a punnet of strawberries at Beerenberg has become a tradition for many South Australians.

“We are proud of our family business and we work hard to offer really excellent service to visitors in our farm shop,” Beerenberg’s Sally Paech said.

“My brother Robert grows all the strawberries and he has been doing it for over 30 years now, so we think our strawberries are particularly delicious.

“We are very lucky and grateful to be located in Hahndorf which attracts so many visitors.”

Now Beerenberg are offering a new experience for groups. The Taste of Beerenberg is a relaxed session of tasting and sharing in their hay shed on the farm.

There will be local tasting plates and sharing of the Beerenberg story before heading to the patch to pick strawberries.

For more information about Beerenberg visit http://www.beerenberg.com.au

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