Strawberry Picking Season: October to May on the Granite Belt
It’s sweet pickings when strawberry season opens on the Granite Belt, with the public invited to visit on-farm to pick their own during the long picking season, from October until end of May.
Stanthorpe’s Ashbern Farms throw open their gates to visitors for their own hands-on experience at a commercial strawberry farm.
Pictured: Brendon and Ashleigh Hoyle (right)
“The Granite Belt’s cold nights and warm days are ideal for strawberries and really enhances their sweetness,” says Ashbern Farms co-owner Brendon Hoyle.
According to Brendon Hoyle, what surprises most on a visit to their strawberry farm is the taste.
“Strawberries taste so much better at room temperature and even better when they have been in the sun. They taste very different when they are straight off the farm and we often we see families where kids have said they don’t like strawberries, but are converted when they have tried the fresh ones,” says Hoyle.
With a young family themselves, the Hoyles know the joys of sharing the farm experience with kids, insisting…
“it’s so important for them to see the whole paddock to plate.” “Anyone visiting can see the whole growing process, with the tiny little strawberry forming inside the flower and also strawberries where the petals are falling away.”
Ashbern Farms extend a challenge to visitors to hunt the strawberry patches for the largest strawberry and possibly enter the Hall of Fame for the Ashbern Super Size Strawberries!
Pictured: Strawberry ice cream made on-farm
Part of the farm visit is often treat at the farm café, where strawberry icecream, made on the premises, a-tops waffles for the cafés most popular treat.
With mild temperatures ranging from 7.8°C – 22.3 °C, the Granite Belt makes for a beautiful destination in spring, ideal for on-farm produce picking, visiting wine groves bursting with new foliage and exploring the spectacular granite outcrops across Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks.
The Granite Belt has in recent years become increasingly appealing for family holidays, with the growing popularity of the year-round Christmas wonderland that is Stanthorpe’s Granite Belt Christmas Farm, plus the Granite Belt Maze and the new family friendly bike tracks on Mt Marley in Stanthorpe.
Public strawberry picking is open at Ashbern Farms Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 4.30pm from October to May. Admission is free, making it an affordable day out for the family.
Ashbern Farms is at 2 West Road, Stanthorpe, just off the New England Highway.
Just 2 hours from Brisbane, Toowoomba and 2.5hrs from the Gold Coast.