Pick Your Own Strawberries!

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS!  BEST DAY EVER!!

We finally got out to Bullsbrook this weekend to pick some strawberries at Ti Farm.

I highly recommend it as a good family, outdoor activity that costs very little (especially considering you get to leave with a bucket load of beautiful, fresh, juicy, red strawberries)!

I'm going to let my pictures do most of the talking on this post, but I'll include some tips along the way and details about Ti Farm that I think are helpful to know.

$10 gets you a box like this - holds 4-5kgs of fruit.  You pay an additional $2 per person up to five, then you need to buy another box.  We paid $14...then went back for a second box which they charged $8 for.  So in total it cost us $22 and we walked away with about 9kg of strawberries (and great memories)!

We got there at 1.30pm. The weather was not the best (sunny, but then showers and storm clouds) so it wasn't overly busy.  We parked along the side of the road out the front.  Not far from the entry.  BUT there are A LOT of strawberries.  They only open up a section at a time (obviously so that the strawberries have a chance to grow and meet demand).  We had to walk a fair way, and then once we reached the open gates we had to trek a significant way in until we found strawberries.  The bushes closer to the entry were stripped bare.  My boys were fine, running ahead and playing in the sand, but my warning would be - be prepared to walk.  You'll get better, bigger, juicer strawberries that way!

You can get a sense from this pic how far in we were.  We actually went even deeper, but it gives you a sense of the distance.

SO MANY STRAWBERRIES!

Are you starting to get a sense of something?  Perhaps that things can get a little ... dirty?? 

It's messy, messy business this juicy, juicy goodness!

The sand...it's...well...very dirty and very tempting for little people.  Be warned!

We brought some home with us, just because it was too much fun to leave it all there! ;)

Doesn't get much fresher than that!  Now...what to do with all these strawberries??

So there you have it - it's a great excursion for the kids.  It costs very little, and like I said, you bring so much home with you (even some sand)! 

Here are my tips:

  1. Don't wear your Sunday best.  The sand is that black, dusty sand that gets into everything - especially your nostrils.  Bring a change of clothes and a sizable pack of wet wipes if you are worried about your car interior.
  2. We were there about 1.5 hrs.  It's not a full day thing, but there's stuff near by if you want to make a day of it (as it is a long way out).  The Maze was only a few minutes away.  I'd suggest going elsewhere first and finishing up at the farm, as like I said, it gets messy and there's no way I could have taken my kids out afterwards.
  3. There are a lot of flies.  So be warned.  Not sure that aeroguard does much - so probably best just to put your patient hat on for a few hours and grin and bare it.
  4. Be prepared to walk. 
  5. Bring water - they offer a selection of mainly soft drinks for $2, but that's it.  There isn't any cafe or food or anything like that.  It's a strawberry farm - pure and simple.  There's nothing else there.  Just a couple of port-a-loos.  I packed the kids a lunchbox each.  That was handy for the long drive home.
  6. There's no shade or shelter so bring sunscreen, hat or raincoat (depending on the weather). 
  7. Bring cash (not card) - $10 for a tray and individual entry, plus $2 per additional person in group up to five.

Where is it?

Ti Farm - 263 Old West Road, Bullsbrook

Open: 9am - 4.30pm Saturdays and Sundays, but make sure you check their website before you go as sometimes they have to shut down to give the strawberries a chance to replenish.