Getting off our service van, a busy local market confronted us. Different stalls are parading different commodities. The cold Baguio weather is being tampered by the summer heat as we went around. My eyes instantly tried to look for the Strawberry Farm. “Where is it?”, I even asked. From one of the stalls, we saw a narrow passage way that we thought might lead us to the farm.
And we were right. At the back of the market is the Strawberry Farm. It was refreshing to see that vast, green land. Despite a dry and a warmer weather, we trudged muddy pathways to see more of the farm. “January to March is the strawberry season here in Baguio.”, I overheard one local tell a tourist while walking around. Along with strawberry picking, here are some things you can do in Baguio’s Strawberry Farm.
1. Buy “Pasalubong” and Souvenirs
Just before you get your hands dirty picking strawberries, you can buy a lot of “pasalubong” and souvenirs in the Strawberry Farm Market including strawberry wine, famous Baguio sweets like peanut brittle and tons of native products.
2. Eat Strawberry Taho and Strawberry Ice Cream
Remember you’re in a Strawberry Farm so some food are specially prepared in strawberry flavor. Strawberry Taho (PHP20) and Strawberry Ice Cream (PHP25) are popular in the streets.
3. Go Strawberry Picking
Everyone is free to roam around the Strawberry Farm. If you want to experience picking the strawberries yourself, you just need to pay PHP250 and take home the ones you picked. If not, you can content yourself looking around the farm and watch the locals do their everyday thing.
There are also strawberries that can be bought in the market in case you do not want to do the picking, for a much cheaper price (price ranging from PHP150 – PHP200 per kilo).
4. Buy Vegetables at Lower Prices
Aside from strawberries, you can find vegetables being sold in the farm like cabbage and cauliflower. Prices definitely less expensive than in Manila!
5. See Beautiful Flowers in Bloom
Aside from strawberries and different vegetable, there are beautiful flowers that can be seen in the farm, too. Just note that there are some areas where you have to pay a minimal fee for having your photo taken with the beautiful flowers as background.
Though we did not went strawberry picking, we enjoyed roaming around the Strawberry Farm so much! In case you intend to visit it on your next trip to Baguio, remember to wear old, comfortable shoes that can be soaked in mud. Put on your sunblock. And bring your cap and sunglasses, too!