5 Local fruit picking farms your kids will enjoy

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Fancy a day out in the lap of Nature? Take some time to spend it at any of these lovely fruit-picking farms in and around Bangalore. Your kids will never leave.

Want to go fruit picking with the kids? You can pick fruits like strawberry, chikoo, litchi, arecanuts, rose apples and mangoes. Our list of fruit picking farms in and around Bangalore are perfect for the occasion.

Robert Frost wrote a famous poem about the thrill of picking apples in spring. Blueberries for Sal is a picture book about the joys of blueberry picking. But you know what’s the most awesome part about fruit picking with kids? That they understand that fruits and veggies don’t come from the super market but from the earth!

Here are 6 fantastic farms in and around Bangalore, perfect for fruit & vegetable picking with the children.

1. Wholesome Farms, Marathi Palya

Nature lovers, you’ll have a ball with this! It’s really fun picking strawberries in Namma Bengaluru and this will be a unique experience for you. Wholesome Farms, located in Marathi Palya, around 2 hours drive from Bangalore Central is spread over 20 acres, where you and your kids can have a deliciously gala time. The man behind this idea is Mr. Satish Kumar Reddy, whose interest in farming led him to conceptualising this idea for everyone to enjoy. They have two Strawberry farms in Bangalore, located in Marati Palya and in Varlakonda, and the ideal time to visit is in strawberry picking season from November till early March.

What we love

The farm is spacious and the wonderful strawberry patches that are so ample for picking are the star of the show. Pre-booking is mandatory and the process is very seamless. You can book your slot and time online using a form and you get a detailed mail on what to expect before visiting. Execution at the farm is smooth as well.

Need to know

When you visit the farm, make sure children carry drinking water to keep hydrated and wear a cap, closed shoes and comfort clothing. Eating fruit in the farm is not allowed and you should remember to pick as many strawberries as you can take home only. This year masks and social distancing has been made necessary to ensure best safety standards and farm visits can happen only with prior bookings. You can bring your food and find a suitable place to eat on the farm, but wastage & leaving behind waste matter is not allowed. Picking is only available during the season time which is from November till March and last but not the least, carry a cooler to bring back the strawberries so they don’t get mushy in the heat.

Address: Marathi Palya, Karnataka 561213
Website: Wholesome Farms

 2. The Farm, Bannerghatta Road

At The Farm on Bannerghatta road, kids can forage, pick wild greens, learn to find food in unlikeliest of places, plant a new patch of ginger, dig turmeric out of the ground and come back home with bags full of chikkoos, papayas, litchi and some wonderful edible greens like pandan and bay leaves.

Apart from this, they can play with the ducks, sheep, geese, rabbits, hens and the dogs. The Great Danes and the puppies are a huge hit with the children!

What we love

Children pick fruits and also feast their eyes on beautiful flowers and trees. They learn to identify some common wild edible greens and also how to find food in the unlikeliest of places. There is also water play and the children can discover the farm library as well and curl up with a book on the hammock.

Need to know

Children are usually advised to bring a spare set of clothes, water, bug spray, caps and a few other things. Food may also be provided. The Farm also conducts a fantastic variety of weekend classes. Open every weekend for private parties, picnics and children’s parties.

Address: 19th KM Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore.
Contact:  +91-9980661706
Facebook page: The Farm

3. Chiguru, Kanakapura Taluk

Image Courtesy: Chiguru Facebook Page

Located in Kanakapura Taluk, Chiguru is a 25-acre farm that grows a wide variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, fruit trees and more. Chiguru is being converted into a fully organic farm. Children can pick more than 30 seasonal fruits, pet animals, stay on farm visits, cycle, go on mango tours and more. They also curate group visits for children and expose them to organic farming in a fun way. Bird watching, cycling and farm stays are also popular here.

What we love

The sheer variety of fruits the children get to pick. These include bananas, mangos, coconuts, arecanuts, rose apples, lemons and more.

Need to know

Chiguru Farm is open to daytrips and overnight stays for groups, families and corporate parties. A Green Venture also curates some fantastic visits to the farm.

Address: Dodduru, Therubeedi Village, Maralawadi Hobli, Kanakapura Taluk
Contact: +91-9845258575
Facebook page: Chiguru Farm, Web page: Chiguru Farm

4. The Green Path – Sukrishi Farm, Chikmaranahalli

Image Courtesy: The Green Path Facebook Page

Located in Nelamangala, Sukrishi is an organic farm that is spread across 40 acres of land. A home to hundreds of trees and crops, the farm also has animals and birds in their natural habitats. Children can pick vegetables and learn all about organic farming, find out how honey is made, meet the farm animals, garden with their hands and learn plenty about nature and vegetable farming.

What we love

Their farm space is expansive, beautiful and their man-made ponds store rain and are a wonder to behold.

Need to know

Sukrishi organizes farm visits for groups of children and schools. The Green Venture, also curates visits to this farm.

Address: Chikmaranahalli, Karnataka 562123
Contact: +91-80-42664777
Facebook: Sukrishi Farm

5. Aditi Farms, Off Kanakapura Road

Image Courtesy: Hariyalee Facebook Page

A chemical-free farm that is cultivated using Vedic agricultural methods, Aditi Farms grows more than 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables. Children can also see a huge collection of indigenous vegetables. They can  pluck, learn about food through a walk at the farm, explore gardening and even visit a greenhouse nursery.

What we love

From kale, cherry tomatoes and basil to heritage plants of all varieties, children can pluck and toss their own salads!

Need to know

Hariyalee conducts curated tours of the farm. Aditi Farms does not host birthday parties but group visits are possible.

Address: Off Kanakapura Road, 5km from Art of Living Ashram
Email:  farmer@hariyaleeseeds.com
Facebook: Aditi Farms/ Hariyalee

Featured Image Courtesy: Hariyalee Facebook Page

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