BEERENBERG Farm is a place for all occasions; a first date, a day with the family or a fun, hands-on approach to buy fresh produce.
For an easy getaway from the city, this 35-minute drive will give you that country vibe for a fraction of the driving time and petrol.
Travel down Glen Osmond Rd and continue along the South Eastern Freeway through the Heysen Tunnels. Take the Hahndorf exit. Drive along Mt Barker Rd over the roundabout, through the main strip of Hahndorf and Beerenberg Farm is on the right.
Even with our slow start to summer, the fruits are ripening – Beerenberg has fields full of strawberries to pick, purchase and pig out on.
They do advise you check on their website (www.beerenberg.com.au) before you visit to make sure there are plenty to pick. Very busy spells or a long run of hot weather can mean a short closure. We pulled up at Beerenberg farm and headed straight for the front office. For a $4 entry fee, you can pick strawberries to your heart’s content.
We grabbed our containers and headed for the fields. Walking through the rows of fruit plants, we can see large, succulent strawberries flourishing in every direction. Their vivid red colouring is impossible to miss against the greenery on the ground. As we picked our kilo’s worth of strawberries, we ate a few too.
For $10.95 a kilo, we had enough strawberries for a week, but knowing how delicious they were, we didn’t expect them to last that long.
After our containers were filled to the brim, we decided to head back to the main street of Hahndorf for some more substantial food.
Hahndorf has a variety of places to eat and offers the opportunity to experience the rich German heritage in one of South Australia’s most picturesque areas.
We drove back through the town and stopped at the Hahndorf Inn for lunch.
They have a variety of traditional platters, schnitzels and sausages. The servings are very generous, and we gobbled down our käse krainer (cheese kransky) as best we could.
Before heading home we detoured to visit another iconic South Australian company.
Wandering back through the winding hills and narrow streets of Woodside, we arrived at Melba’s Chocolate Factory to check out the vast assortment of sweets. From choc-covered nuts and lollies to fudge, plain blocks or even a no-added sugar section, there really is something for everyone. There were even a few testers to try just in case you weren’t sure you’d like it (or just sneak an extra bite).
We chose a bag of raspberry bullets, a cookies and cream slab and one of the giant dark chocolate letters. That put us right on our sugar limit – it was time to waddle out and head back to the city.