9 Apr 2012
Easily become my favorite thing to do in La Trinidad, strawberry picking has gotten more popular among tourists and travelers from low land cities of our country. You will be amazed at the number of people who invade the Strawberry Farm situated in the capital municipality of Benguet during peak season which coincides with Holy Week.
|Fresh strawberries sold at market located right in the farm|
Notwithstanding the cost of "Do-It-Yourself" picking which is higher than just buying fresh strawberries in the same size box taken to the farm, they prowl the farm and patiently select the freshest fruits and pick them up right from its vines.
|You get to pick fresh strawberries like this right from its vines|
There's something about picking strawberry in the farm for a Manileno like me. Firstly, you get to experience a noble routine of a farmer which somehow gives you a feeling of fulfillment even for a brief period of time.
|A farmer tending his crops|
|Tourists flock to strawberry farm in La Trinidad Benguet|
As your hand gesture towards the vines after spotting a fresh yummy red heart-shape berry underneath green leaves and alongside a blossoming white flower, you carefully hold the fruit and twist it a little bit then slowly put it onto your box. And then you look again, for that piece of highly nutritious crop to fill up your box. The simple process is therapeutic and stress healing.
|Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad|
As of this day, you can pick your own strawberries right in the farm which is under the management of Benguet State University, for the price of Php 350 per box. Here's the guide on how to pick strawberries in La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. First. As you get to the farm, register your name in the logbook which is in the first stall to the right before you get down the farm. You see there's a market place located right before the farm. Second. Once already in the farm, you choose the best crops and then you approach its farmer saying you're in for strawberry picking. The farmer will give you a box made of bamboo strips. Third. Go for the Easter Egg Hunt! That's a joke! LOL. You proceed and do your strawberry picking along with picture taking of course. After that, you return to the farmer and pay the bill. That's it.
|This box of strawberries cost Php 350 if you're the one who picked them|
It costs only 250 in market outside the farm
How To Get To BSU Strawberry Farm In La Trinidad Banguet
Ride a jeepney with "Buyagan" sign in its front at the terminal located at the foot of Baguio City Hall stairs. From Burnham Park, go toward Rizal Park. Walk uphill from the corner of Shanum St and Fernando Bautista Dr, the road to the right of Rizal Park towards City Hall until you get to the other end of Bautista Dr. Wait for a jeepney with "Buyagan" sign to arrive right at the corner. See location map below this post.
|Jeepney bound for Buyagan|
|Walk uphill from this signpost along Fernando Bautista|
to get to loading area of jeepney bound for Buyagan
which passes by BSU Strawberry Farm
The jeepney will traverse Baguio-La Trinidad-Bontoc Rd and will pass by Chinese Temple, a tourist spot to the right, then La Trinidad Public Market which is to the left and then the Benguet State University. Get off the jeepney at Benguet State University's last gate. BSU is to the right of the road. Enter the road that runs perpendicular to the left of Baguio-La Trinidad-Bontoc Rd. Walk a little bit until you get to the entrance of the Strawberry Farm to your right. Before reaching Benguet State University, there's a Jollibee and McDonald's to the right of Baguio-La Trinidad-Bontoc Rd.
|BSU last gate before the road going to strawberry farm|
Location Map of loading area of jeepneys bound for Buyagan which passes by BSU Strawberry Farm
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