Organic Strawberries in the Vegetable Basket of Cebu. Yes, you heard that right. Strawberries are now within reach if you are somewhere in the Visayas. A quick getaway over the weekend to Sergio's Farm in Barangay Maloray of Dalaguete is an excellent idea to escape the summer heat while being embraced by nature at the same time.
Sergio's Strawberry Farm Visits are open only on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entrance Fee is Php 50 per person. Children below 3 feet are free. Strawberries are Php 800 per kilo.
How to Get There?
Take a bus at South Cebu Terminal in Cebu City southbound for Bato-Oslob. Fare is around Php 100. It takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get to Dalaguete. You'll know when to hop off, as soon as you spot the junction with a signboard of Mantalongon Market, immediately right after the bridge with an arch also with 7Eleven as a landmark. Many habal-habal drivers are available and will be charging a Php 150 fare. It'll take approximately 30-40 minutes to get there.
If you're driving to get there, I used google map:
It's a scenic drive with lots of high altitude winding roads. You will be driving past Mantalongon Market and you'll drive further straight, once you find the left fork road leading to Osmena Peak. Continue driving further until you find two signboards on your right with a series of rice terraces, just below the Candongao Peak.
|100 year old rice terraces and Kandungaw Peak|
Climate and What to Wear
During the colder season, don't forget to bring some sweater. We went during a sunny summer mid-day. I noticed this area is often covered with clouds. The climate was pleasant, humid and fresh. We rolled our car windows down and the breeze was nothing short of refreshing.
Wear comfy clothing, hiking sandals with good grip. The farm advises wearing closed shoes due to insects' presence in the organic farm. I wore non-slippery flip flops and I survived.
|There is no need for a guide to reach the farm. Just follow the foot path.|
|Entrance to the farm|
Everything is organic. Apart from strawberries, there are aromatic herbs, fruits, vegetables, even coffee, as well as non-tropical flowers that can be found in colder climates. Strawberries are limited. Strawberry picking by visitors is strictly not allowed. If you're interested to buy, there is a stall where you can purchase them. We bought 100 grams (Php 80 pesos) of organic strawberries just to satisfy our own craving.
There is a designated photography area. The rest of the strawberry greenhouses are closed. They also have a composting area at the far end of the farm.
The foot path leading to the farm are occupied by various vegetable farmers selling fresh produce. On Saturdays, they sell aromatic herb seedlings for gardening and culinary lovers. It was interesting shopping here, armed with bags of fresh veggies, I was happy to contribute and buy directly from the local farming community here.
If you're up for it, you can head straight to Kandungaw (Candungao) Trail.
Ha, we've reserved that for next time. :)
Love & light,