Pick your own strawberries

01 Sep 2016

Food lovers will delight in these delicious diversions on the Sunshine Coast.

PYO, it’s a thing. Smell, taste, touch and experience an authentic food spectacle with pick-your-own strawberries. It tastes sweeter when you’ve picked it yourself and strawberry season is in full swing right now on the Sunshine Coast.

The family-owned and operated Cooloola Berries opened in June 2014 and takes strawberries to the next level. The farm was recently named one of six "From The Earth" category winners and took out top spot in the growers' section of delicious magazine's Produce Awards.

Cooloola Berries
Acres of strawberry goodness just ripe for the picking!

“We offer a true strawberry food experience, serving scones with delicious strawberry jam made from the berries grown just outside.

“Our strawberry ice cream is also hand crafted on site and we hold a number of special food events throughout the year with strawberries as the glamorous star. It’s our own unique version of farm gate-to-plate” says owner Kim Lewis.

Visitors to Cooloola Berries also have the opportunity to take gourmet versions of the berries home as a lasting and delectable souvenir, in the form of jams and preserves straight from the farm. Sure beats a key ring or fridge magnet when afternoon tea or a search for cheese platter condiments rolls around!

Pick these luscious berries straight off the vine and let them hit your sweet spot.
Pick these luscious berries straight off the vine and let them hit your sweet spot.

45 minutes away by the beach and the Sunshine Coast strawberry story comes to life with a side of ocean views. How does Eumundi strawberry trifle with prosecco jelly sound while overlooking one of Australia’s most loved beaches? They sure know how to hero produce and bring it to life on the Sunshine Coast.

If foraging for strawberries by the punnet-load is right up your foodie alley, Strawberry Fields and Rolin Farms are also recommended.

Cooloola Berries
Take home a delectable souvenir

If you can’t get to PYO (after all, it is likely that you will overindulge on the paired wines at a degustation the evening before), the many markets on the Sunshine Coast are the perfect place to head. Not only can you grab a freshly squeezed juice and other healthy drinks, but the selection of locally grown produce is exquisite. Strawberries take centre stage between June and November, amongst pineapples, local cheeses (try Maleny, Woombye or Kenilworth), Noosa red tomatoes and other delicious produce.

To make it really easy for planning a Sunshine Coast food trail, check out the Sunshine Coast markets guide.

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