PYO: Choosing strawberries in Shirley brings the whānau collectively
Riley Stewart, 4, and her brother, Tanner Stewart, 1, save a quiet second among the many strawberries.
This pick-your-own strawberry farm shares its scrumptious produce with 1000’s of people that journey from everywhere in the nation simply to style it.
Shirley’s Strawberries in Ohau, South Leven, is run by second-generation strawberry grower Sue Hori Te Pa, her husband Rob Fifita Tofu, and wider whānau.
The farm has a number of massive plots of land that develop tons of strawberries annually, largely for market.
However those who aren’t on the counter are left of their leafy strains for fruit lovers to choose themselves through the summer season holidays.
Hori Te Pa took over the farm from her mom, Shirley Donovan, six seasons in the past, and launched pick-your-own days as a technique to give her employees a break through the Christmas season.
She mentioned she additionally desires to indicate individuals learn how to develop berries.
“Particularly youngsters, as a result of typically they do not make that connection.”
Folks have made this their very own custom, with many households returning yearly.
“I bear in mind this household, they got here with their child lady when she was about one yr previous.
“They got here once more yesterday and their daughter should be 5 now. They take a photograph yearly with their little lady.
With the ability to select your individual merchandise is enticing as a result of individuals can spend time with family members and reconnect with nature, Hori Te Pa mentioned.
To assist create a captivating and vigorous environment, her brother-in-law Ricky Hehi additionally sang “Waiata” to the collectors on his guitar, and there was a shaded space for individuals to assemble and luxuriate in contemporary fruit ice cream and flowers.
Main guests to the plots is a big driveway that winds its manner via the agricultural property and previous a store filled with cheerful women packing berries into containers.
Persons are inspired to “stroll” via the crops, eat the primary two strawberries without cost, then fill a one-kilo container with no matter juice they discover for $20.
Hori Te Pa mentioned this yr was significantly busy with 2,000 individuals stopping by in someday.
“Within the subsequent two days, these plots will take a break to resume themselves.”
She added that the farm grew berries outdoor, in contrast to many different farmers who switched to hydroponics.
“We’re actually distinctive…and we’re actually fortunate, we’re in A1 soil and we have now actually good crops.
“It is rather a lot simpler to have individuals out right here as effectively.”
Many guests escape from bigger cities corresponding to Wellington and Palmerston North, and it is usually a vacation spot for international guests as effectively.
Trant Tang was visiting from D.C. along with her companion and oldsters.
They’ve traveled to a number of continents and all through the USA and had been visiting New Zealand for 2 weeks.
Tang mentioned her mom and father needed to check the standard of the strawberries, however she famous that while you decide them from farms in America, you possibly can take as many as you need without cost.
“They needed to strive selecting strawberries and see the distinction.”
For data on choose-your-own days, go to Shirley’s Strawberry on Fb.