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May 25th 2012
Published: May 25th 2012
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Baguio City is known in the Philippines as the focal area
where lovely strawberries can be harvested. Thus, it should be part of any
visitor's itinerary to try the strawberry picking activity in La Trinidad,
Benguet which is 30 minutes away from Baguio.

One activity that is highly recommended is strawberry picking at the Strawberry Farm in the nearby La Trinidad, Benguet.

A unique experience for the whole family, you get to pick fresh strawberries -- right alongside the Ibaloi farmers -- to bring home or consume while on vacation in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
Located just 30 minutes from Baguio City, Strawberry Farm "opens it doors" for the activity from November to May every year.

The rates for strawberry picking vary. In general, it costs twice the market price to pick your own strawberries, which folks find strange, especially those who have tried apple or orange picking in orchards in other countries thinking they provide "free labor."
he difference here is that strawberries are a very delicate fruit compared to apples and oranges and a lot are actually ruined or wasted when harvested by 'amateurs.' So half the cost is for the strawberries, and the other half is for the activity itself.

There's no minimum amount per person, by the way, they just weigh how much you all have picked together and you're charged for it.

All in all, strawberry picking "Baguio style" is an experience well worth it as it is the stuff that warm childhood memories are made of -- priceless even!

How to Get to Strawberry Farm

Location: Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad Valley, Benguet, less than 10km from the center of Baguio City. View our new interactive map to find its location.

By car: From Session Road, turn right to Magsaysay Road and turn left at the stop light (to your right will be Baguio Center Mall). The road you will be on is still Magsaysay Road and this connects Baguio City to La Trinidad. Just keep going straight, passing a vehicle flyover at one point, until you see the Welcome Arch of La Trinidad.
Keep going a few more kilometers until you see the sign that directs folks to turn left to Strawberry Farm. It is not a very prominent sign, and it should be to your left so just keep looking out for it.

After making a left turn, keep going straight ahead for a few hundred meters more (there are no available turns anyway) until you see many souvenir stalls to your left and the strawberry and flower farms to your right.
By jeepney: If going by public transportation, jeepneys to La Trinidad wait for passengers in the Gen. Luna area near the University of Baguio. Tell the driver you will be getting off at the Strawberry Farm, cross the road and walk the rest of the way as it's not that far from the main road.

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