Go strawberry picking on Hong Kong’s organic farms. There are 129 certified organic farms and producers in the territory (www.hkorc-cert.org), many of which welcome visitors. The fruit picking season starts in mid-November and finishes end of April. Here are the pick of the crop.
Strawberry Picking Farms
Tai Tong Lychee Valley
Pick your own strawberries (all-you-can-pick for $120) at this New Territories farm set among lychee and papaya trees. As well as the berries, it has a wide range of activities such as rides on bicycles, ponies and ox-carts, plus a playground, barbecue area, organic food shops and even a petting zoo, where children can feed baby goats and rabbits. English maps available. Admission $30, free parking. Open daily 9am- 6pm.
11 Tai Tong Shan Road, Tai Tong Tsuen, Yuen Long, 2470 2201, www.yl.hk/taitong
Kam Tin Country Park Hong Kong
This 100,000 sqft park grows strawberries from different countries (French strawberries $60 a pound, Korean strawberries from $90 a pound). It’s principally an entertainment area, with a children’s playground, war games, bicycle rental, bouncy castles, sports activities and small farm animals to feed. Visitors can also bake and decorate cookies, barbecue, sample honey and buy fresh local vegetables. Free parking. Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-10pm.
Lot 109 Shui Tau, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, 2442 0909, yl.com.hk/ktcc
Rainbow Organic Farm
Avid strawberry enthusiast Eddy Chan opened this farm in 2009 with a 300,000 sqft field, where up to 200 people can pick their own strawberries ($80 a pound) until the end of April. He grows a plethora of other vegetables to pick, including organic peanuts, choi sum, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes and watermelons in season. There’s also a petting zoo with lambs and rabbits, and a barbecue area. Open daily 9am-6pm.
76 Hok Tau Village, Fan Ling, 9302 0258, www.strawberry-farm.com.hk
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
On the slopes of Tai Mo Shan, the 148-hectare Kadoorie Farm runs regular short courses on organic farming and sustainable living (mainly in Cantonese). It’s a beautiful location, with paths crisscrossing the hillside through various gardens, past pavilions and waterfalls and exhibits of local wildlife to the summit of Kwun Yum Shan. On the way, visit black kites in the aviary, local freshwater fish in the aquarium, pigsties, an orchid greenhouse and a butterfly garden with countless species. Children can get their hands dirty planting trees or join art and environmental workshops. Animal encounters are held most Sundays, with English translations available. Entry $20. Open daily 9.30am-5pm.
Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, 2483 7200, www.kfbg.org.hk
Lions Nature & Education Centre
Set on the edge of a country park near Sai Kung town, this lovely nature centre grows a wide variety of organic fruit and vegetables in its landscaped 34ha plot. Visitors aren’t permitted to pick the produce, but at weekends there’s a stall selling fresh organic produce grown in Hong Kong. As well as the crops, there’s a dragonfly pond, insectarium, turtle pond, a collection of 5,000 seashells, arboretum, picnic areas and even a dog-training park, as well as plenty of space to run on the grass. Free. Open daily 9.30am-5pm. Exhibition halls open Wednesday-Monday 9.30am-4.30pm, closed Tuesdays.
Hiram’s Highway (entry from Che Keng Tuk Road), Sai Kung, 2792 2234
Zen Organic Farm
Known for its top-quality organic fruit and vegetables, Zen Organic Farm sells to many local restaurants, including the five-star Four Seasons Hong Kong. The farm offers fruit and veg picking sessions along with regular educational tours and activities. Using an outdoor oven, it also runs bread- and pizza-making sessions, with your choice of fresh organic toppings. A bus ride and short walk from Fan Ling station. Free entry. Open Tuesday- Sunday 10am-5pm.
Ping Che, Ta Kwu Ling, 6692 2671, www.zeno.com.hk
HKFYG Organic Farm
Run by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, this organic farm promotes local agriculture and environmental education. It offers a range of tours with professional explanations and welcomes visitors and volunteers of all ages to get their hands dirty planting and harvesting the crops. Free entry. Open daily 9am-5pm.
1 Family Walk, Ho Pui Reservoir, Pat Heung, Yuen Long, 2838 4808, www.organicfarm.hkfyg.org.hk
GROW YOUR OWN
Grow your own organic fruit and vegetables by renting an allotment from Garden Farm, with sizes varying from 36 sqft to 96 sqft and costing $600-$1,500 per quarter. Staff offer instruction on organic farming techniques from the basics of turning over the soil before planting to harvesting. Prices include equipment, seeds, compost etc. After a hard day on the farm, reward yourself with a barbecue on site. Parking available. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
131 Tseng Tau Tsuen, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, 2792 8164, www.hkgardenfarm.org