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Pick your own Strawberries - Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published March 18th 2013
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Strawberries @ Sunny Ridge

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.

Chocolate coated strawberries

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.

Strawberry shop

The shop has an amazing array of everything strawberries could possibly make, from freeze dried strawberries, jams, wines, liqueurs and ciders to fresh berries, cordial and beauty products.

With an amazing 2,500 tonnes of berries grown annually, it's not surprising they have found so many ways to use strawberries.

They sell them at markets, in supermarkets, to restaurants, every where basically. Only 5% are picked by visitors and a huge 25% are enjoyed by the local birds. Maybe we should come back as birds!

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.

The property attracts many visitors from overseas, especially Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

It's time you made the trip to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to see what they are raving about.
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Why? Pick your own strawberries
When: November to April 9am - 5pm
Phone: 03 59894500
Where: Coner of Mornington - Flinders Rd and Shands Rd Main Ridge
Cost: $4 for kids, $8 adults
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