7 January 2013 by Melanie-Ann Feris

Berry picking in the Free State

An unassuming berry farm along a national highway in the Free State proved to be an unexpected delight.

Picking berries on a farm in the Free State

Travelling through South Africa often means unexpected detours when stumbling across something interesting. This is what happened to us while travelling from Parys in the Free State to Johannesburg. Looking for a quick pit-stop, we came across a berry farm and decided to drop in.


										Bounty – bushes of ripe berries

After paying the R35 entrance fee, the owner gave us a short lesson on the different ways of picking berries, and then let us loose in the orchards.

There were row upon row of berries – raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. Giggles and screams of delight rang out when someone made a particularly good find.

Fingers stained with berry juice, we called it a day after about an hour of picking, paid for our berries, and then headed off to the quaint little tea garden where you can sample different berry jams and baked goods. 

Giggles and screams of delight rang out when someone made a particularly good find.

Bon-Af Berry Farm boasts 65 cultivars of berries, including framboise, bramble, blueberries and blackberries. Harvest time is from November to April.

The farm is about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, on the N1 highway towards Parys.

Call +27 (0)56 811 3966 for more details.


										There are over 60 varieties of berries on the farm. Photos Melanie-Ann Feris

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