You know summer has arrived when the berry picking farms open. Just a few weeks ago, the boyfriend and I made the trip to go berry picking at Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery in Langley. I’ve always pictured berry picking to be a fun summer activity when the weather cooperates, of course. Entry to Krause Berry Farms is free and it’s the perfect place for families with little ones. You could easily spend a whole afternoon there with the amount of activities and entertainment they have going on during the summer.
Aside from their U-Pick Fields, Krause Berry Farms also offers a fresh market, bakery, cafe, and estate winery to keep adults occupied.
The place was relatively easy to get to from our GPS- we arrived in the early afternoon. Parking should not be a problem here as they have lots of space to accommodate everyone.
U-Pick Fields: You have to check in at the front first for them to weigh your container prior to berry picking. If you don’t have your own, they’re available for purchase for $1. It’s best to check their website frequently to see which berries are available for picking. Strawberries were very limited in early July when we went but they had an abundance of raspberries for us to pick.
It was my first time picking strawberries ever! Although the supply was very low, it was still fun walking around trying to pick up the remaining ones.
Perseverance is key … ! I’m so glad I ended up taking some home with me!
The boyfriend and his mom went straight to the raspberry field while I attempted to pick up some strawberries. Luckily it was just the beginning of raspberry picking so we were quite successful!
Avoid picking any raspberries that do not look ripe as they actually do not ripen after you pick them! The ripe ones will come out loose. You have to really dig deep into the bushes for the best ones 🙂
Our fruits of labour! This came out to about ~$9/10
After an hour of berry picking, we decided that it was time for lunch! We headed straight to the Estate Winery to check out what was available for purchase.
The Estate Winery and other affiliated establishments here offer a gluten-friendly/ vegetarian menu developed straight from the fruits and vegetables grown at the farm.
After you make your order, they give you a buzzer to let you know when your food will be ready. We waited about 35 minutes for our food.
While we were waiting for our food to be ready at the Estate Winery, my boyfriend lined up for some fresh to order waffles for sharing. Every order is paired with fresh berries available on the day of. Sometimes they offer a mixture of berries!
The long line up for waffles! I would say it was about a 30 minute wait for our waffles.
Waffle of the Day ($9.00) Fresh waffle piled high with raspberries and whipped cream. Decent amount of raspberries paired with the waffle. The waffle itself is slightly bland but that’s why they give you lots of berries and whipped cream to work with 🙂 Good for sharing.
Berry Juice ($2.50) This was available for purchase at the waffle area. Strong blueberry concentration along with a hint of raspberry I believe? Super refreshing and delicious! This was served chilled although I would have liked some ice cubes to keep it cool for a longer period of time.
Farm Soup with Farm Bread ($6.00) Similar to a corn chowder but much more diluted and liquified. Maybe I’m just used to having my corn soup chunkier and thicker. I wasn’t a big fan of this one. I think the vegan chilli would have been a better option for sharing.
Krauseadilla with Fresh Cut Salsa ($13.00) with sour cream and guacamole. The filling inside was very skimpy with just a thin layer of cheese and and corn. However, I quite enjoyed dipping the quesadilla with the salsa and guacamole. Really bold flavours! Very filling snack.
10″ Roasted Corn Pizza ($17.00) cheese, corn, artichoke, tomato sauce. Intriguing, unique, but super heavy. The pizza was loaded with corn and cheese with bits of artichoke scattered. Personally, I would have preferred less corn to go with the pizza as it got a bit overwhelming after the first few bites. Not sure if I would order this again. They’re also available by the slice for $5.
After lunch, we meandered the market. They have a combination of food and items for purchase from fresh pies, frozen berries, berry jam spread, cider , etc.
If you’re too lazy to pick your own berries, you can purchase them by the box at the back of the market.
Grab a fresh berry pie to go on your way out! You won’t be disappointed 🙂
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