Sunday Mail - - WILL KING -

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.

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