Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery’s berry season was off to an early start for 2016 and the berry pickers have even more to enjoy on the property this year. Opened in June, the Fresh Family Fun Field is an entire field where both adults and children can play. Visitors will find giant strawberry and pumpkin jumping pillows, farm games full of both agricultural facts and fun.
On the weekends enjoy live entertainment on the farm fresh stage and Farmer Alf’s Tractor Training where there are mini and adult John Deere pedal cart tractors to test your tractor skills. Visit the big Red Truck to hear and see the talking farmer and talking chicken show. And if you get hungry, munch on fresh farm food made daily from their Harvest Kitchen such as donuts, popcorn, shortcakes and more. Mark August 7th on the calendar for their Outdoor movie night. Tickets for entry to the field are available when you arrive at the Fresh Family Fun Field entry window but if you would like to make a reservation for a covered chuck wagon located inside the field, book online at krauseberryfarms.com or call 604.856.5757.
Tour Krause Berry Farms aboard the Tractor Train, rides runs every weekend to learn what is growing and all about their Integrated Pest Management growing methods. Tickets can be purchased for just $2 cash per person from the driver, located outside the Fresh Family Fun Field entrance and it leaves every 20 – 30 minutes.
Krause has partnered with Chef Wolfgang to create the Farmer’s Table Cooking School where all the ingredients are sourced from the Historic Otter 248th Trail or local neighbouring farms. Visit the website for upcoming classes.
Along with the berries, you can pick your own flowers for $9.99 a vase. Every other Friday, if you have signed up for the farm fresh box, there will be veggies from their Potage Garden available for pick up, along with fresh bread and a berry pie. Add in a bottle of wine, some popcorn and their home-made salsa and you are set.
At the winery, the new Sparkling Blueberry wine is selling fast and the winemaker, Sandra Lee won a Double Gold award for the Raspberry Sparkling Wine. Enjoy bumbleberry and elderberry flavours in their new Hop-along-be Cider! It is an apple based cider with hops. Visitors sip Winearitas and Sangria over lunch and can choose from over 20 different wines including Cassis, their newest dessert wine made with black currants.
~ Cassandra Anderton