Going on a long weekend with a lax itinerary and an objective of just having fun meant that we could do whatever we want once our schedules are free. When we set foot in Baguio City last February to attend the Panagbenga Festival (here and here), we figured we had a bit of an extra time because the event for the weekend ends at noon.
Baguio City isn’t only popular because of it’s cold weather. It’s also known for a lot of activities and tourists spots nearby that a visitor could check out. One of which is the strawberry farm in La Trinidad, Benguet.
On a Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves in the strawberry farm, around half an hour (or so) from the city. We asked where we could pick our own strawberries, and we were assisted by a 10-year old kid on our way.
The farm didn’t only grow strawberries, as one would assume. We passed by some sunflowers and saw a variety of cabbages in between strawberries.
Harvesting our own strawberries meant strict business for the strawberry aficionado. We could get as many as we wanted and just pay according to its weight. Thus, no free sampling of strawberries.
Strawberry Harvesting Tip: Get the smaller one and cut them using a scissors, so that the remaining plant could still bear babies.
I prefer the smaller yet ripe ones because they are sweeter (in my opinion)/more flavorful compared to the bigger ones.
Strawberry Trivia: They spoil/rot faster if they are wet, that’s why it is preferred to wash them just before eating them. And because they are harvested when they are ripe (they couldn’t get ripe once they’re out of their plant), they spoil easily if not consumed right after.
Also, strawberries are seasonal fruits, so don’t expect anything during rainy season (ouch!).
Here are some of my top picks that of course, ended in my basket.
Somehow, the abundance of strawberry in this part of the region and the beauty of nature inspired me to try out a few yoga poses that I’ve learned over the past years. And, I was almost done with my harvest anyway! 🙂
It’s actually quite harder than it looks. The soil is a bit coarse and maintaining my balance to avoid stepping on a strawberry was part of the challenge.
Unfortunately, I pressed on one! My palm later on smelled like strawberries. 🙂
The Side Angle Pose
The Warrior Pose
The Reverse Warrior
And my favorite, the Dancer’s Pose
After our “serious strawberry business”, we were done and it was time to be our true selves again and take more photos. We’re all in our happy place!
Here, we present… “The Harvest”
And here are your Strawberry Farmers
I meant, your CharlieStrawberry Angels…
And here’s one with our cute guide… I meant, CharlieStrawberry and his Angels (the photo was taken by his mom!)
As we headed out, we checked out a few stores selling strawberries and various local products.
Although the strawberries we harvested were more expensive than the ones which were readily available in the stores (twice the price, to be exact– around 300-350 per basket), the fun experience we had was beyond what we hoped for. We worked hard for the food we were about to eat (I just wish we were also paid to do so! hehehe) and we were able to spend as much time and as many photographs there. We were all jokes in between. We enjoyed every bit of it.
Here’s something, from me to you. I hope you also love strawberries. 🙂