Though we’ve been to Baguio a lot of times in the past, we never got to see Strawberry Farm for some reason. So, when were in Baguio last December, it was really part of our itinerary. We headed up there as early as 8am since we were going back to Manila in the afternoon.
We hired a taxi for the day and he was pretty familiar with the places in Baguio. He’s actually from La Trinidad, Benguet so getting there was a breeze.
As soon as I saw the strawberry farm itself, I got all excited. I love strawberries! No, I don’t like the powdered or artificial strawberry flavors. I want the actual fruit.
Outside the strawberry farm, there are a lot of people selling a lot of goodies. There are also pre-packed strawberries being sold there and you can choose to buy them instead of having to pick your own strawberries at the farm. But, I mean, c’mon. You’re already there so why not do it yourself, right? 😀
Before we get to the Strawberry farm, we had to try the Strawberry Taho in Baguio. It was sweet and I love that they put actual strawberries in the taho. Yum!
We also tried the Strawberry dirty ice cream being sold there. I forgot the price, but I think we paid Php 15 for this cone of ice cream. It’s a little bland for me compared to the ones you can buy at the grocery. But, yeah, duh, right? Of course, it’s being sold at a cheaper price so it was okay. There were bits of strawberries, and the flavor was just okay.
Anyway, when we asked how much it is if we pick our own strawberries, they said it’ll cost Php 300 per kilo. Way expensive, right?! They explained that it covers those strawberries we’ll smash, plants we’ll damage, and those we’re going to eat while we were there. They have a point ’cause I saw a lot of other pickers actually doing all of the above. 😀
The walkway / path you can actually walk on is a little slippery. So, make sure you’re wearing really comfortable shoes or slippers. Also, wear a hat or something ’cause it can be really sunny out there. And, make sure you keep your valuables in your car or securely in your bag. The path is a li’l narrow so don’t bring a big bag with you.
My mother was planning on preparing her Strawberry Sinigang so she did most of the picking. She picked mostly still green ones. She wasn’t sure when she’ll find the time to cook the sinigang so she wanted to make sure the strawberries won’t end up overripe when she finally prepares it.
I also did some picking myself. As expected, I picked red ones that I can eat already. 😀 I think I’m the only one who gobbled all of them up back at home. 😀
Anyway, here’s our basket of freshly-picked strawberries. It was actually more than a kilo, like 1.3-1.5kg. I asked the one in charge if we can just pay Php 300 for all of them. Glad she agreed. 😀
We also bought some pre-packed strawberries which are being sold at Php 100 to 200 per pack. My mother haggled (I was embarrassed, seriously! :D) and paid Php 80 each and bought 2 packs. The seller wasn’t happy! 😀
Right outside the Strawberry Farm, there’s a long lineup of stores where you can buy pasalubong items. We bought mostly vegetables. Make sure you check my post Pasalubong Ideas from Baguio – the Good, the Bad so you know which products you should stay away from buying.
Make sure you try the bee honey they’re selling. Haggle the price down to Php 180 since there are a lot of other sellers there.
Also, try the blueberry and strawberry wines from Baguio. I super love them, especially the former. I can drink the whole bottle and not feel anything. But, again, that’s me who can be considered a li’l heavy drinker. 😀
Buy broccoli, baby potatoes, and lettuce here! They’re very affordable compared to the prices in Manila! We bought Sagada oranges that I so love! I was supposed to make candied orange peels from them, but some people threw the peels out.
These lettuce were HUGE. We bought them at Php 25 per kilo. The broccoli were sold at Php 40 per kilo. And the oranges, we got to haggle for 8-10 for Php 200.
Make sure you drop by Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet / Baguio on your next visit to the summer capital of the Philippines, especially if you haven’t been there yet. It was a fun experience and I loved shopping for pasalubongs there.