It was my niece, my mom and my sister’s birthdays recently (my wallet is crying btw), so we decided to take the somewhat long but scenic drive up to Klondyke Cherry Farm (just past Ceres) last Saturday. It’s a bit of a trip – around 2 hours from Cape Town central – but it is always so worth it. A few of us had been there before but my mumsie hadn’t, so we packed up some picnic munchies and took all the birthday girls cherry picking for the day. I’m happy to report that grand times were had all ’round By sheer luck, we seemed to have picked (see what I did there?) a really good day to go because they had some awesome stalls, and of course, yummeh snacks like boeries and homemade lemonade. There are also shaded braai areas (under old pine trees) and lots of place to picnic. The weather was fantastic, the air was fresh, the cherry trees were bulging with ripe fruit – it was a spectacular day and I feel extremely blessed to have my loved ones celebrate another healthy, happy year on this beautiful earth with me.
It was a fun and exciting way to spend the day outside and I really do suggest that you make a day of it if you can. Cherry picking season is very short though, so make sure you go before the farm shuts it’s gates to the public: they’re open every day until some time in the New Year, except on Christmas. I’ll include some extra info and pointers at the end of this post for those of you who are keen to check it out, but for now, here are some pics of our family frolicking over at the Klondyke Cherry Farm. My web addict hubby (who’s a major tech & gadget geek) was lucky enough to have a review model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the time, so I called dibs on it for the day. Hehe. The ‘Note’ takes the most amazing photos, I was so, so, so happy to get some better pics up on here for a change!
I’ve already used and eaten most of my cherries, so expect to see one or two fresh cherry recipe ideas coming your way 😉
More info about Klondyke Cherry Farm
- During the season, the farm is open 7 days a week, except for 25th December.
- Trading hours are 8.30am – 4.30pm each day.
- Once you pay your R20 entry fee (per person), they’ll provide some PVC containers for your cherries.
- When you return from the orchard, they’ll weigh your cherries. You pay R45 per kg.
- Take a warm top or jacket with you; sometimes the wind can be cold up there, even in summer.
- Also, wear a pair of sneakers or running shoes in the orchards – there are some thorny patches and bushes that will kill your delicate sandals or pumps. (I learnt this the hard way when I was stupid enough to wear pretty, new pumps the first time I went).
You can check out directions, a map and further info about the Klondyke Cherry Farm here.