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Sweet, succulent fruit. Desserts aren't complete without the delicious colours, scents and flavours of fresh fruit. Supermarkets, grocers and farmers' markets bring the fruit to your doorstep. While it's convenient, price and quality varies. Why not pick your own, going straight to the tree/bush?
Even if you don't have a garden, you can visit these farms on a day trip from Brisbane to enjoy sweet strawberries. On longer drives, you can also pick olives, pumpkins and grapes. Have you also found a special spot to pick your favourite fruit?
(by McMartin's Farm)
McMartin's Farm – 1 hour north on the Bruce Highway, you can pick strawberries between June and October at this farm. As a treat for your hard work, they also sell award-winning gourmet ice-cream with 30% strawberries, jams and Devonshire tea. They are open 7 days between 8.30am – 4.30pm at Sports Rd, Bli Bli, beside the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary. Call them at (07) 54 484 912 or visit the website.
Rolin Farms – It's just a 50km drive north to pick strawberries at the closest pick-you-own farm to Brisbane. They open from June to October, 8am – 4pm for picking. The team also sell ice-cream, jams, orchids and host special events, including weddings, children's parties and lunches. Don't leave without a selfie beside the giant strawberry! Visit them at 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah. You can call ahead on (07) 5497 4253 or visit the website or Facebook page.
Strawberry Fields – Go on a Magical Mystery Tour with the Beatles song as you drive an hour north to Strawberry Fields in Palmview. You can pick your own strawberries and purchase a vast assortment of strawberry-inspired products, including jams, ice-cream, candles, soaps, slices and sauces. They also serve desserts, ice-cream, tea and coffee in the cafe to enjoy after you've filled your punnets. Visit them in-season at 133 Laxton Rd, Palmview (phone (07) 5494 5146). You can also drive south to their 2nd farm at 2 West St, Stanthorpe (phone (07) 4681 0124), open from October – May from 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Click here to visit the website.
Chambers Flat – During August, September and October between 9am-4pm, you can pick your own strawberries at Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm. All year round, Monday-Saturday, the shop is open, serving sweet ice-cream. Visit them at 912 Chambers Flat Road, Chambers Flat, call them at (07) 5546 3652 or visit their Facebook page.
Poh picks produce (by Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm)