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Pick your own strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm @ Main Ridge on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
My children love the novelty of picking their own berries at Sunny Ridge. After all, they always taste better when you pick them yourself, unless of course you buy the pre-dipped chocolate coated strawberries with nuts or sprinkles.
At the main entrance you can purchase an empty strawberry container( $4 for the children's and $8 for the adults). An adult can enter without buying a container if they are supervising their child. Then walk out the side door and continue down the track to the designated strawberry field. I was worried there were not going to be many strawberries left with the number of people at the farm, however I needn't have worried, there were more strawberries than any visitors could pick.
The Strawberry Cafe was extremely busy when we were there. I have been told they serve the best ice cream with strawberries and sauce, that is all made on the farm. That will have to wait for the next time we visit.
Sunny Ridge covers an enormous 142 hectares. Whilst that may not sound like much to the average farmer, it's huge in comparison to the land in Main Ridge, with most of it broken down to 5 and 10 acre lots.
Current owners, Mick and Ruth Gallace, are the third generation of the Gallace family who originally started the strawberry farm. Mick and Ruth have turned it into an iconic tourist attraction since they inherited the farm in the 1990s. The first priority was to build a cafe, which is a roaring success.