Where in South Africa to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: October 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.) Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!
- To see the pick-your-own farms and orchards for this area, click here or scroll down the page
- Crop availability / harvest calendar
- Farm markets, roadside stands, local meat, milk, eggs, local honey, horse riding, farm B&B's etc.
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".
Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!
The Eastern Cape Province
The Free State Province
Nassau Cherry Farm - cherries, flowers, peaches, walnuts,
Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, gift shop,
restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm
animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours,
events at your location (call for info)
Nassau Farm, Ficksburg, Freestate 9730. Phone: 051-933-2828. Fax: 0519241011. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Call for Hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Cheque, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: March 08, 2012)
- Inzalo Yethu Energy -
No pesticides are used, carrots,
onions, other vegetables,
21 The Glen Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2090. Phone: 083-595-5216. Email: email@example.com. Open: as of the 23 December 2010 at 09:00am and closes at 14:30 daily except for Saturdays and Sundays. Directions: call for these, please. Click here for a map and directions. Current veggies available December 23 to January 2. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. If you want good colour and quality, please visit us. (ADDED: November 24, 2010)
- Camdeboo Peach Farm - apricots, nectarines,
peaches, plums, tomatoes
Plot 82/83 Selbourn Rd Witkoppen Johanesburg North Box 1323 Jukskei Park, South Africa, Johannesburg North, Gauteng 2153. Phone: 083-230-0333. Fax: 0114622996. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: From Fourways mall or Montecassino along Witkoppen Road 4.5km in westerly direction to Northgate or the Dome. As cross Kleinjukskei River Rubies on right Eco grass/ Cycads and before Pot Place turn right at Market St or next right traffic light at Irish Pub then at short t junction Right again into Goverment and this leads to Selbourn St. about a 1km on Right is Camdeboo Peach farm. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in January, October, November, December. Open: Weekends open to the public 9 am - 5pm Weekdays by appointment also for school groups Fruit ie peaches, apricots, plumbs, nectarines - From second week October to January Veggies november - January - varieties on offer vary as this is not our main crop activity Payment: Camdeboo Peach Farm is behind ie North of Hammets Office Park where witkoppen old Motor Museum once was now Rubies restaurant and Hammets Offices.
Farm Middelwater - figs, tomatoes,
R513, De Wildt Road, Next To 119, De Wildt, Gauteng 0251. Phone: 071-843-8185. Email: upatree.creations@Yahoo.com. Open: Mondays to Fridays from 07:00 (winter) to 16:00 (winter) Mondays to Fridays from 06:00 (summer) to 15:00 (summer) Saturday (by appointment only) 07:00 to 12:00. Directions: B4 highway towards Eisenberg, take GA-Dankie off ramp. Turn left on M17. Tracker for approximately 8 km, turn right onto R513. Travel for 12 km, farm on right , next to 119. Name Norad on gate: Elena Skadugras. Click here for a map and directions. Figs - November to April [depending on the season] Tomatoes year round (according to crop rotations). Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: April 03, 2013)
Perfect grow -
growing practices, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers,
eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, melons, onions, summer squash, winter
squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked,
13c ,frans Korb St, Oatland,, Krugersdorp, Gauteng 1739. Phone: 074-134-3023. Email: email@example.com . Open: 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm. Directions: We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: August 05, 2012)
- Thengwa Farm - peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes,
327 Rietkuil Rd Uitkyk, Nigel, Gauteng 2193. Phone: 072-032-7658. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday - Sunday 07:00 am to 18:00. Directions: From Nigel Take the R550 Road also known as Devon Road Pass a farm butchery on your right Pass Hallgate Then on your left lookout for a board that shows you directions to Devon and Rietkul Take the Rietkuil Rd Travel for approximately 3km on your let, lookout for a gate with red pillars and the number 327. Click here for a map and directions. Green Pepper:February 25 to May 01. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: January 25, 2012)
- peppers, tomatoes, other vegetables,
Vivo, Vivo, Northern Province 0924. Phone: +27836771789. Email: email@example.com. Open: Monday to Saturday 7am to 6Pm. Directions: Please Call for directions. Click here for a map and directions. all year 7am to 6pm. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: October 17, 2011)
Terebinte Berry Farm - No
pesticides are used, blackberries, raspberries (Autumn,
black), restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), weddings and
Modderspruit Farm 23 Kilometers From Graskop, Graskop, Mpumalanga 1270. Phone: 0137671838. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 15 December to 5 January Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm Bookings is preferred. Directions: From Graskop 23.3 kilometers on the R533 turn left at big white wall and continue 2 kilometers on the gravel road (good condition but slippery when wet)Look out for the Terebinte Berry Farm name boards. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: November 21, 2013)
The Northern Cape Province
Iconos Farm - grapes
Upington, South Africa 88001. Phone: +27825708400. Fax: +27543312346. Email: email@example.com. Crops are usually available in January, April, May, June, November, December. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 7 am to 5 pm." Payment: Cash, Check.
North West Province
- Rietvaly - No
pesticides are used, beans, beets, carrots, melons, onions,
pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked
Portion 6 Of Farm Rietvaly, Groot Marico, North West 2850. Phone: 0833740301. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Everyday of the week from 7am to 5pm. Directions: From Zeerust take old Koster road, drive approximately 30km, after crossing (Groot Marico/Lichtenburg), farm is on left hand side (2 big palm trees next to road). From Groot Marico on N4 approximately 15km turn left at Rietvaly sign, drive straight (tar road becomes gravel road) until you get tar road with stop sign, turn left farm is 500m from stop street on left hand side (2 big palm trees next to road). Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. Baby marrows, spinach, cabbage, chillies, variety of pumpkins, butternuts,. (ADDED: January 22, 2014)
Tangaroa - The Strawberry Farm - ORGANIC
S46 on the R560 near Hartbeespoort Dam, Skeerpoort, North West 0232. Phone: 082-503-5996. Fax: 088 012 207 15. Email us at: email@example.com. Directions: from Johannesburg along the R512: Take the Hans Strydom Road at Randburg (R512) and head North (away from the city). Continue along this road past Lanseria to the T-junction at Broederstroom (Thatched T-junction Farm Stall in front of you). Turn left and continue travelling straight on this road for 18 kms, past Pecanwood Estate, straight past the Sun City/Brits turnoff at the end of the Hartbeespoort Dam, to the R560 T-junction. Turn left at this T-junction into R560 (Krugersdorp, Magaliesberg) - van Gaalenâ€™s Cheese Farm will be on your right. Continue for 1,2 kms, past the Laerskool Skeerpoort on your left. Turn left onto TANGAROA Farm. (Large white walls with painted Strawberries) . We are open September, October, November, December. Our hours are: Open for the Public on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 8am to 5pm. For School and Group Tours - Weekdays by appointment. Late September to mid- December Payment: TANGAROA The Strawberry Farm specialises in Pick Your Own ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES, Weddings, Functions, Picnics - Candlelight Picnics being Popular - and Guest House Accommodation. Picturesque Dam with Ducks and Geese. Animal Farm, Arts & Crafts shop. Home-made Jams and the best Naartjie Marmalade available.
The Western Cape Province
Helderberg Farm - tayberries, concessions / refreshment stand,
restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties,
weddings and wedding parties, school tours
Klein Helderberg Road, Cape Town 7129, South Africa. Phone: 021 8554308. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 7 days a week from: 08h00 to 17h00 (winter and summer); Closed on Good Friday and Christmas day. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: R44, Between Stellenbosch And Somerset West. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: November 13, 2012)
Klondyke Cherry Farm - cherries
P.O. Box 170, Ceres, South Africa 6835. Tel. (023) 3121521 Fax. (023) 3122877. Email: Click here to email the farm. Directions: The farm is situated 35km outside Ceres. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own cherries from mid-November to beginning of January at Klondyke Cherry Farm. A small entrance fee is charged, and visitors can pick and eat to their heart's content. Open: Cherry time is last week November till end December, 7 days a week from 8.00 am to 16.30 pm until the end of December, but will be closed on Christmas Day. For up to date information please phone us. You are welcome to spend the day here and picnic or braai in the shade of the pine trees. This year the entry fee is R12.00 per person to come in for the day, and the price for the cherries that you pick is R32,00 per kg. Please note we do not have credit card facilities here on the farm. Remember to bring a warm top or jacket with you as the wind can be very cold up here, even in summer.
Mooiberge Farm Stall - Strawberries
Strand Road, R44, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Telephone: +27 21 881 3222. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Located on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset-West. Open: 08:00 - 18:00. Prices are based per kilogram depending on how much you want to pick. The per kilogram price varies per season. Call to verify availability. This is a well known landmark in the Stellenbosch area. During strawberry season (October - December) you may pick your own strawberries on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, all day. The farms are attractive, with a huge display of native art scarecrows! The humour injected into the scarecrows always draws a smile!
Farm - strawberries, U-pick and already picked, gift shop,
concessions / refreshment stand, picnic area, school tours
Polkadraai Road (M12), Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7603. Phone: 021-8813854. Fax: 021-8813015. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Pick your own: Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 4pm September 1 to December 31 Farmstall hours: Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 5pm Closed: Good Friday, Christams Day, New Years Day. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Located on the M12 highway between Stellenbosch and Kuilsriver. Turn off at exit 33- Baden Powell Drive, turn left towards Stellenbosch +/- 6 km. Turn left at Vlaeberg Rd... Drive to the end. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Polkadraai is renowned for the annual event of â€śPick Your Ownâ€ť strawberries. The berry fields display an attractive and humorous array of scarecrows to entertain children of all ages. The season commences in October and, weather permitting, goes on into January. The farm stall is extensively stocked with a variety of gifts and novelties, and homegrown vegetables and fresh fruit are available throughout the year. Estate wines is also sold. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: January 7, 2009) (UPDATED: April 23, 2013)
Western Cape Province
- Arouna Berry Farm - Pick your own berries.
AAlso an herbal vinegar cellar, jams and mustards for sale. Telephone: +27 (0)21 864 2151. That's all the information I could find about them.
The Berry Farm - SGAF - blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries,
Hermitage Valley - N6, Swellendam, Western Cape 6740. Phone: 082 4218 555. Fax: 028 514 2255. Email: email@example.com. Directions: From Mainstreet (Voortrekstr.) in Swellendam, Turn off at stopstr. into Andrew Whitestr. towards the mountains. From that stopstr. opposite OK Grocers it is only 2,5km straight to the BERRY FARM - SGAF. Past the Golf course, no turn-offs, on the left. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in January, November, December. Open: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 2pm Blackberries , Youngberries: Beginning November - Middle December Blueberries; December - Januarie.
De Krans Wine Cellar - grapes,
Station Road, Calitzdorp, Western Cape 6660. Phone: 044 - 213 3314. Fax: 044 - 213 3562. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Crops are usually available in February, March. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Saturdays, 08 am to 4 pm Sundays closed Hanepoot grapes: 16 February - 12 March 2008 @ R3.50/kg Payment: Braaivleis lunches on Wednesdays and Saturdays @ R39 per person. Bookings essential.
Hillcrest Berry Orchard - Prepicked fruit only!
P.O. BOX 2091, Dennesig, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Phone: 021-885-1629. Email us at: email@example.com. Comments from a visitor on November 28, 2008: "THIS IS NOT A PYO FARM BUT THE FRUIT CAN BE BOUGHT AND THE SURROUNDINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL" (ADDED: November 28, 2008, suggested by a visitor)
Klondyke Cherry Farm - cherries
P.O.BOX 170, CERES 6835. Phone: 023-312-1521. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cherry time is last week November till end December. Do come and visit us and "pick-your-own" cherries on Klondyke Farm. Enjoy a really fun outing with the whole family. You are welcome to spend the day here and picnic or braai in the shade of the pine trees. For up to date information please phone us. Click here for a MAP AND CURRENT DIRECTIONS or download our Postcard (pdf) (ADDED: November 28, 2008, suggested by a visitor)
Redberry Farm - strawberries, train rides, pony rides,
maze, picnic tables, bubble ball, birthday parties
Geelhoutboom, Blanco, George, Garden Route. Phone: +27 (0)44 870-123. Email: email@example.com. Open: Mondays to Saturdays 09H00 until 16H00 and public holidays except for Christmas & Good Friday. Directions: The Red Berry Farm is situated just outside George on the road going towards Blanco. Click here to find us on Google Maps. They also have a Tea Garden for group tours, birthday parties and sit down lunches and teas. The farm has views of the majestic Outeniqua mountains. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: January 4, 2009) (UPDATED: June 30, 2012)
Wildebraam Berry Farm - blackberries, blueberries, youngberries
South Lane Hermitage Valley, Swellendam, Western Cape 6740. Phone: 028 5143132. Fax: 028 5143100. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Travel on the N2 to Swellendam. At Swellendam, take the Ashton, Robertson, Worcester turnoff(R60)off the N2. Traveling in the direction of Ashton, proceed over the four-way stop and continue until you see the Hermitage Valley signboard to your right. Turn right and then take the first left (dirt road signposted Hermitage). Farm is 700m along on the left hand side (Wildebraam). Phone 028 5143132 for faxed map. We are open All year. Our hours are: Monday to Friday:8am-5pm. Saturday: 8am-1pm Sunday: By appointment Youngberries: Nov & December Blackberries: Nov & December Frozen Berries all year Wildebraam has a private cellar producing a range of liqueurs viz; Youngberry, Honey, Fennel & Rooibos. Visitors are welcome to sample liqueurs and our range of berry products (vinegars, syrups, jams, chocolates) in our farm shop "Berried Treasures". A function venue and guest houses will be available in 2005.
Western Cape Province: Capetown and Surrounding Areas
Chart Farm - Cut your own roses
Klaassens Road, Wynberg Park, Wynberg, SA 7708. Phone: 021-761-0434.Open: Daily 9.00am to 4.30pm. Pick your own roses, R4.00 per rose (2010 prices). There is also a coffee shop with views of the valley and mountains and other farm produce such as grapes, honey, etc.
- De Doorns House Estate - The Grape Escape B&B, Hex River - grapes
Offers pick-your-own grapes in season. De Doorns Wine Cellar lies 8km from Worcester. The cellar makes red, white, sweet wine and grape juice. The cellar is 40 years old, and has fared well in the Veritas and Young Wine Shows over the past couple of years. Aan-De-Doorns Co-op is famous for its Port, which has also been awarded several awards. De Doorns is open weekdays and half-day on Saturdays for wine tasting. Cellar tours are offered by appointment.
- De Slangerivier Berry Farm - strawberries, youngberries and Cape
Wellington, South Africa. Visitors to De Slange Rivier Berry farm can pick their own berries in season. There is also a mustard and vinegar factory, which produces condiments for export, on the farm where visitors can taste the range of mustards, salad dressings and other condiments. Open Monday to Fri: 09h00 - 17h00, Saturday: 09h00 - 13h00. NOTE: They appear to be closed; their phone number now goes to a private residence. Does anyone have more information, like a phone or email address? If so, please write me! Tel: (021) 864 2151.
- Mountain Breeze - strawberries
R44 - Strand Road, between Stellenbosch & Somerset West, New Zealand. Tel: (021) 880 1700. Pick your own strawberries from October till the end of December, any day between 09h00 and 17h00. (UPDATED: January 7, 2009)
South Africa Pick-your-own calendar
|December||Raspberries, Strawberries, Loganberries, Boysenberries, Tayberries, Silvanberries, Cherries, Peaches|
|January||Raspberries, Strawberries, Loganberries, Boysenberries, Tayberries, Silvanberries, Black Currents, Cherries, Apricots|
|February||Raspberries, Strawberries, Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Apples|
|March||Raspberries (Fall crop), Strawberries, Nectarines, Peaches, Apples|
|April||Raspberries (Fall crop), Strawberries, Apples|
|Raspberries (Fall crop), Strawberries, Apples|
|June||Raspberries (Fall crop)|