Belstack Strawberry Farm

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What's On When for fresh organic strawberries

What's On When

Follow the year at Belstack Strawberry Farm

January

Happy New Year! We are open New Year's Day and see many return customers who visit family in the area each year. January is one of the busiest and hottest months so we hope each year that our strawberries produce lots of fruit for all the pick your own.
The Australia Day long weekend signals the end of the holidays and is a popular time for families to take a break and visit Shepparton.

February

Kids are back at school and the weather is hot! We all have a little breathing space before the Autumn crop begins. By this time we are usually looking forward to some rain to settle the dust and green up the carpark and the places on the farm that don't get irrigated.

March

March is lambing time! How cute are those little woolly bundles. It's a busy time rounding the sheep up each night into a fox-proof enclosure, letting them out to graze during the day and feeding them extra hay. It is also a popular time for families to visit, particularly the Labour Day long weekend.

April

School holidays, Easter, Anzac Day - open every day for lots of strawberry fun, picking and eating strawberry ice cream and strawberry sundaes. We often do school holiday programs for kids and parents to participate in. Check out Facebook for updates.
Pete begins to prepare the paddocks for the next lot of strawberries and plants garlic.

May

The strawberry rows are all formed up and it's time for planting.
Bring Mum or Gran for a Afternoon Tea for Mother's Day. 

June

The plants are in and they will sit quietly over the winter with all the activity happening under the soil. We are closed for the winter to allow all the jobs to be done during the cold weather.

July

Winter is a good time to enrol in a Jam Making Masterclass with Pete. Make traditional strawberry and blackberry jam from Belstack fruit and learn how to make a healthier version with xylitol.  $50 per person includes strawberry and blackberry jam to take home plus recipes and tips.
Marg will teach some knitting classes during the holidays for anyone 10 and older. Check it out at the Online Shopping page.

August

We will plant more native trees for windbreaks and shade and add to the Permaculture Garden as well. 

September

Hooray, it's spring. The adopted strawberry plants are growing leaves very quickly and will start flowering towards the end of the month. No frosts please!
Shaun the Shearer comes to give all the sheep (and Manauri the alpaca) a haircut. Brrrr! Hope it's not too cold without your woolly coats, sheep. The Goulburn River could be in flood if we've had rain. It rises into the picnic area below the carpark and underneath the high set camp kitchen.

October

It's school holidays again and we are open! Everyone is looking forward to the new season's crop of strawberries. Queensland fruit is available all winter but it's not the same as picking your own biodynamic Belstack fruit. Ours keeps fresh longer and tastes sweet and juicy. The fruit can't come quick enough, but no matter what we do it's not until the end of October that pick your own starts.

November

Peak time for strawberries. Large, delicious, oodles of them! Our record size is 95g from back in 1995. 2018 saw lots of 90 grammers, will we beat it next year? Strawberries are a favourite for Melbourne Cup weekend.

December

The approaching end of the school year sees lots of kids visiting for the Strawberry Education Program. Strawberries are very popular for Christmas feasts so December is a busy month. We also have a short blackberry and boysenberry season before Christmas. Excess goes in the freezer for sale all year for jam and smoothies. Don't forget our Gift Vouchers are ideal Christmas gifts. Buy them at the Online Shopping page.
We are open all the Christmas holidays except 25th and 26th December.
Happy Christmas everyone!