If you are looking for a fun activity over the next few weeks, a family trip to a nearby pick-your-own strawberry farm is well worth considering. And there are many to choose from.
Sunnehof farm is in Mettmenstetten, between Zurich and Zug. Their strawberry season typically runs from the end of May until early July. To be sure of the dates it is best to call ahead on 044 776 86 03. The ever popular Jucker Farm is in opposite direction in Seegraben, close to Pfäffikersee. Call 044 869 38 02 for more information.
The video below shows an event at Jucker Farm.
Near Geneva there are several places. The aptly named La Fraisière, located in Meyrin not far from Geneva airport, began its strawberry picking season on 18 May and describes its current crop of strawberries as very tasty. If you live nearer Nyon there is Christian Wyss’s farm in Genolier. Their strawberry picking season started on 1 June, and their contact phone number is: 022 366 04 04.
If you live close to Lausanne then La ferme du Taulard is not far away. Picking there starts on 3 June and their phone number is: 021 647 81 22.
Fruit du Paradis near Rolle is also worth considering. The self-picking season started there in May and runs until mid June. Their contact telephone number is: 021 825 37 05
Self-pick farms typically use prices calculated by the Swiss Farmers’ Union. Their latest price for self-picked strawberries is CHF 5 per kg. Some also charge an entry fee, which could be designed to cover the cost of all the strawberries eaten while picking. Jucker Farms for example charges entry fees of CHF 5 per adult and CHF 3 per child.
It is always best to phone ahead. Farms typically close with little notice if the weather turns bad. In addition, most require you to bring your own containers, so don’t forget to take something to contain your harvest.
It is worth checking whether strawberries are organic. Strawberries top EWG’s Dirty DozenTM, a list of fruits and vegetables with typically high levels of pesticide residue. Check websites or call to find out.
Google Map links to all of the places mentioned above are set out below.
Happy picking! Bonne cueillette! Glücklich Erdbeeren pflücken!
Jucker Farm directions
Sunnehof farm directions
La Fraisière directions
Christian Wyss directions
La ferme du Taulard directions
Fruit du Paradis directions
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