Freshly picked strawberries in the strawberry farm in Hong Kong? There was no way I would give that a miss. We decided to do a day trip out to the strawberry farm in suburban Hong Kong.
In the cluttered and densely populated Hong Kong, you would never have guessed that farms exist. Surprisingly, like Singapore’s urban farms, the more deserted areas (mountainous areas) become farming grounds for the local farmers. Of course do not expect the large farms (like those in Europe or Australia), because of the limited land size. Instead, the farms are small patches of agricultural grounds, growing different things.
Getting to Rainbow Organic Strawberry Farm in Hong Kong
Information about the farm
- Name: Rainbow Organic Strawberry Farm
- Address: 粉嶺鶴藪DD 76地段
- Directions: go to Fanling MTR station. Take 52B minibus from the station exit C or cab (50 HKD) to the farm.
- Picking period: End December to May
We met at Fanling MTR and followed the map to walk. Unfortunately, it was not that near, and we took a cab there instead. It’s rather deserted, with winding roads to the bottom of the mountain. The area had more than just one organic strawberry farm, it had other farms as well.
When I was like 6 years old, I wanted to be a farmer because I think farmers are very noble. They earn so little, yet they are the most important people in our society. Without them, humans will have no food to eat. But of course, after picking strawberries and meeting 2 international farmer-interns, I will just get my food from the supermarket from now onwards.
Direction in Pictures
The uncle dropped us at Tung Shan Ha, and we walked to the strawberry farm. It is a short walk into the farm area.
Trevellers Tip: Picking season is in winter time. Bring a light wind breaker with you.
Follow the sign. There is no specific route, just look out for this banner and follow the arrow.
Strawberry Farm in Hong Kong
We walked past the small farms, towards the strawberry farm. The small farms grew all sorts of vegetables and fruits – cabbage, papaya, lettuce, etc. It’s really great to see the other side of Hong Kong, where it is not just skyscrapers and dense apartment buildings. There’s a good amount of nature and greenery too.
There was an entrance fee of $10 HKD. This is a credit that you can use to offset your strawberry purchase later. There, you’re handed with a basket and a pair of scissors. The rules are simple: do not eat strawberries when you’re inside and you pay the strawberries you harvested, by weight when you exit. It’s really expensive though, $80 HKD per pound. And you had to bend your back to harvest them. I’m just saying that it’s so much more convenient and CHEAPER to buy it from the supermarket. This is simply for the experience.
This is similar to the berry picking farm in Edinburgh. Of course, it is cheaper in Edinburgh, where the farms are commercial farms.
Picking ‘Em Strawberries
We made our way to the strawberry huts and time to snip them off and into the baskets!
Strawberries are very delicate fruits, so you have to be really careful when picking them. They get squashed easily and has to be in a cold temperature.
How To Pick The Best Strawberry
The strawberry grows from flowers and then becomes green before turning red. Of course, the redder the better. Also the shape matters.
Trevellers tips: The strawberry with a sharp end is sweeter than round ones.
We became experts in strawberries in the end. The best part of the strawberries is that it’s organic and it’s super fresh. Eating it after being freshly picked is the best thing you can ever get. Although they are super small, they are extremely sweet, juicy and fresh.
One sister busy picking while the other sister busy with quality checks.
Other Farms Available
Also, we went to check out another farm. The lady of the farm came to talk to us and introduced the farm to us. She also said that there were 2 interns, a Canadian and a German there, working for her. Naturally, the Germans met and talked, while we went to check out the herbs (and ate them) and talked to the Canadian guy. They are both working for her and the German studied an agriculture-related degree in the university. Whereas the Canadian was here to visit his family and decided to get an experience in farming. The lady then told us that there was this group that meets once a month to let the group members experience farming. It was active all around the world.
This is how strawberries are cultivated.
After 1 hut, we moved to another one to continue our harvesting.
Grandma Yvonne told us that in the States, you can pick strawberries and eat them. She was on the farm for 5 hours. But that’s countries with colder climates and commercial farming. The climate is more suitable for growing berries so you can eat anything you want. Also, in Russia, Andrey told me that huge wild and sweet strawberries just grew behind his house and they eat strawberries all the time.
Our Strawberry Harvest
After which, we paid our berries and headed down to check out the other farms. We stopped by a food place to grab something, but the food turned out to be just meh. Only the homemade chilli was good.
There was also a barbecue spot in the area. It was perfect cause you can harvest your fruits and buy their fresh and organic vegetables like sweet potatoes to barbecue. Being your raw meat along, and that’s how you can spend a Sunday with your loved ones.
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie at beautiful destinations. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always dreamt of.