Thanks to its exquisite sweet-and-sour taste, the Korean strawberry is popular beyond the domestic market, in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian countries. Capitalizing on this success, more and more farms in Korea are now offering tours where participants can harvest the fruit by themselves and taste it on the spot. In addition to picking strawberries, they run other strawberry-themed programs such as making strawberry jam and baking a cake. In this issue, Korea Agrafood introduces you to tourist-friendly strawberry farms located in the vicinity of Seoul.
# Moreberry Edufarm
Here is a scene we witnessed on a renowned strawberry experience farm, Moreberry Edufarm, last December. Located in Yeoncheon County of Gyeonggi Province, the farm was bustling with kids from the Yeoncheon I-Park Children’s House, who were busy eating strawberries with their cute little hands. After 20 minutes of strawberry harvesting, plastic buckets in their hands were full of red-ripe strawberries. “I’ve picked many big, red strawberries,” boasts one kid. He adds, “They are so delicious I can’t stop eating them.”
After the strawberry harvesting experience, Director Ok Young-hi asks the children to sit around the tables in small groups. It is time to make strawberry jam. The children crush strawberries by hand, add sugar, and stir the mixture while it is boiling. After spreading the handmade strawberry jam on slices of bread and tasting it, everyone cries in delight, “It’s delicious!”
The farm offers a variety of other programs as well: baking strawberry cupcakes, making strawberry-shaped scented candles, planting strawberry seedlings, extracting strawberry DNA, making strawberry mochi and jelly, and so on. Participating in the harvesting program costs 12,000 won per person while other field experiences are priced between 3,000 and 10,000 won. There are also package programs for families and group visitors. Each program takes 20 to 40 minutes.
Ms. Ok said, “Our farm has been designated by the Rural Development Administration as an educational farm where Korean students and foreigners can experience working with strawberries.”
· Tel : +82-10-4713-8694
Take Soyosan-bound Subway Line 1 → Get off at Dongducheon Station → Take the Sintanri-bound Train → Get off at Jeongok Station → Take the Gunnam-bound Bus (No. 55, 58) → Get off at Gunnam Church
# Strawberry Experience Farm in Yangsu-ri
Yangpyeong County in Gyeonggi Province is one of the places many foreigners visit to appreciate the beautiful scenery. It is also famous as an area with many farms offering strawberry experiences.
One of those farms, the Strawberry Experience Farm in Yangsu-ri, gained much public attention through TV programs and articles in the media. Visitors can pick and taste strawberries that are cultivated using environment-friendly agricultural methods. In addition, the farm is located in the Yangsu-ri Organic Complex where the Bukhan and Namhan Rivers meet, so by visiting the farm, you can also enjoy the views of Dumulmeori, Semiwon, and other scenic places.
The experience programs include harvesting strawberries, making strawberry jam, making chocolate strawberries, and stir-frying tteokbokki (rice cake) with strawberries. The cost of the harvesting experience is 10,000 won per person. Making chocolate strawberries and strawberry jam costs 7,000 won and 20,000 won respectively. Feeding animals like goats and ducks can be done free of charge.
Programs start at 10:00 in the morning and are run six times a day: at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00.
· Tel : +82-10-5495-2143
Take the Yongmun-bound Gyeongui-Jungang Line → Get off at Ungilsan Station → Take City Bus No. 167 or 56 → Get off at Yangsu-ri
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