Juicy strawberries ripe for the picking at LuvaBerry

Published 11:00am 13 June 2023

Juicy strawberries ripe for the picking at LuvaBerry
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Families craving the taste of farm-fresh strawberries will have the chance to pick their own, when the owners of LuvaBerry open the farm gates to the public this July.

Farmers Mandy and Adrian Schultz, along with their children, have spent countless hours planting and caring for their strawberry runners ahead of this year’s season, which will feature three types of berries ripe for the picking.

“We have been lovingly caring for the strawberries, ensuring they have plenty of water before the public comes and visits us,” Mandy says.

LuvaBerry, at Wamuran, offers its own twist on strawberry picking from July to October called Peckish Picking. This is available every Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors can sink their teeth into as many delicious strawberries as they like out in the field while filling up an eco-friendly punnet to take home and enjoy later.

“Our visitors love our Peckish Picking because it means they can taste test and really enjoy their strawberry picking experience out in the field,” Mandy says.

“It’s the perfect family activity because it involves being outdoors in nature, exercise and of course eating.

“As a fusion farm, LuvaBerry strives to utilise as many chemical-free farming techniques as possible to ensure they are safe to eat, so you know the strawberries are 100 per cent fresh and free from any chemicals because you have just picked them.”

During a visit, families can also enjoy a tour of the farm, treat themselves to a shareboat sundae made with the farm’s own strawberry ice cream, and throw out a picnic rug and soak up the fresh country air in the paddock or underneath one of the farm’s big leafy trees.

“One thing families will notice when they visit is we don’t actually have a playground and that’s because we want them to run around and play in the big open field,” Mandy says.

“We do however have a big dirt 'Tonka pit' where we park up our old big red tractor and the kids can play on it and take lots of photos.

“They can also play with our friendly dog Panda.”

LuvaBerry has something special planned for the September school holidays, which is sure to delight youngsters.

“We are starting something new that we are very excited about. This September, we will have a school holiday program which will engage the kids with a paddock-to-plate experience where the kids will learn where their strawberries come from, as well as an interactive farm tour, herb cutting and exploring the finger limes,” Mandy says.

“We will take the kids out to go and eat some strawberries, tell them how the strawberries grow on the farm, take them out to the field to play a game of red rover, and just enjoy a great day out.”

To see more photos of the farm, click through the gallery below. 

Stock up on goodies

No visit to LuvaBerry would be complete without taking a few goodies home.

Items available include jars of strawberry honey, strawberry dust and raspberry dust, as well as freeze-dried crunch packs.

This year, Mandy and the team have also created strawberry chocolates which “tastes like a strawberry milkshake”.

But LuvaBerry is much more than just strawberries – the farm also grows finger limes, herbs such as sage, thyme and chives, as well as cucamelons.

For more information, visit the website

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