Cherry Picking & Family Frolicking

Klondyke Cherry Farm

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!

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Entrance fee is R20 per person. (Children under 5 years of age don’t pay).

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Several varieties of cherry are available, depending on the time of season.

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

That’s my little mum back there :)

 

Zaheedah Adams

One of the birthday girls!

 

Cherries

Bunches and bunches of perfect cherries… look at that intense colour!

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

There are sturdy ladders scattered about the orchard… they’re a big help.

 

cherries

You’re not supposed to eat while you’re picking… yah, okay ;)

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Aah, my sweet mumsie :)

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Adeeba Adams

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Each full PVC container holds roughly a kilo of cherries.

 

I love my sister's summery hat.

I think my sister’s summery hat was a great idea – it was really hot and sunny out there.

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

It is highly recommended to take a tall, young chap with you – they can get to all those hard to reach places :)

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

These are a different variety of cherry but I forget what they’re called.

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

And, in case you’re wondering… Yes! These do taste as good as they look :)

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Spotted some beautiful flowers coming back from the orchards.

 

white roses

 

One of my sisters fooling around while everyone was weighing and paying for their cherries.

One of my sisters fooling around while we were weighing & paying for our cherries.

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

The view from our picnic spot.

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

A little frolicking after our delicious picnic.

 

Klondyke Cherry Farm

I ended up leaving with 4 full containers – that’s over 3.5 kilos of beautiful, fresh cherries!

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.

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