Somehow, when in Baguio it is directly related to having strawberries. Well, I cannot argue with that, knowing that the abundant source of locally-grown strawberries are from the north – particularly in La Trinidad, Benguet – just a few minutes away from Baguio.
So, when Azalea Residences Baguio prepared a family tour package of Baguio City Tour with the inclusion of strawberry picking in La Trinidad, well, well, well, I saw excitement in the eyes of my fiancee and son. Nothing excites a person that having to experience something for the first time.
It takes roughly 15-20 minutes just to get to La Trinidad strawberry picking area from Baguio City. Take note though, that this place is always packed, so better expect to walk a few meters away from the entrance going to the strawberry picking area.
Many tourists go to this place to experience the La Trinidad strawberry picking, thus, the parking area and the street leading to it, is crowded.
Anyway, going inside the strawberry farms is not free. You are charged per kilo of strawberries you picked. The price varies depending on the season. In our case, we went there last week of March 2014, the rate was Php 300 per kilo.
Be reminded that the rates for strawberry you personally pick is higher that those strawberries per kilo outside, readily-packed. You pay not just for the strawberries, but also for the experience you get out of it. Also, the whole place is not entirely planted with strawberries.
It is also the same place where they grow flowers and vegetables. A source in the area said, that some of the strawberries (and plants) are grown organically, while others are being sprayed with chemical fertilizers.
So, if you take high premium on eating purely organically-grown produce, then better ask around. 🙂
Just take time to pick whatever strawberries you like. You’ll pay for them anyway. La Trinidad strawberry picking is a good experience with family and friends. I mean, coming from an urban area where mass planting is almost next to impossible, this is one for the books. Best part is, what you harvest are really good.
In our case, we ate them together with popcorn during our movie night! If you’re not fond of picking strawberries on your own, but still want to eat strawberries, then, you can buy outside the farms at lower prices. Plus, you can also check out the other souvenir items you can bring back home.
Here’s is a short clip of us picking strawberries.
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