I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published January 24th 2013
Gentle Annie Berry Farm is a super sweet, 'just like Grandma's back garden' fruit and berry picking - working farm.
The country cottage style set up is relaxing and stimulating with wonderful colours of the fruit and berry brambles, trees and garden framed by the decorative restaurant and factory.
The berry picking itself is seasonal and runs from November through to April. It's best to check the website to see what berries are in season and at what time of year. The cafe itself and shop full of home-made delights is however open for business even when no berries are available.
The licensed restaurant / cafe in the old-style farmhouse serves delicious lunches with the organic produce from the garden as well as being locally sourced. Annie's also offers devonshire teas and other home made baked goods including cakes, berry sorbets, fruit juices and a variety of home-made preserves.
The main reason for my visit however was freshly picked berries. On arrival you simply notify the staff, select a wicker basket and head out to the brambles (or the area advised to you as the 'best picking') by the staff.
Our visit fell in Mid January of this year and as such the best picks were in the brambles including Logan berries, Silvan berries, Marionberries, and some of the last raspberries of the season. The berries are unusual in name but can be likened to blackberries and mulberries with the sweeter berries appearing darker blue in colour and more tart berries being red.
It was such a relaxing experience being in the great outdoors, picking berries and listening to the Kookaburras having long conversations. Time flies in such a peaceful environment and my friend and I truly enjoyed the day.
So many choices @ Gentle Annie berry farm (Writers own photo)
A wonderful fun day for couples, friends or families. Pick your own berries, enjoy a bite at the lovely cafe and enjoy the great outdoors. But do please wear sunscreen as there is no cover in the brambles and gardens.