We started off our February with a 2-day trip to Baguio City, Philippines. Our first stop is the colorful La Trinidad Strawberry Farms and we experienced the best tasting strawberries in the country.
We started the month of February with a 2-day trip to Baguio City, the Philippine’s summer capital. It was a chilly February morning when my friends and I woke up from Yuki’s buzzing phone alarm. It was 6:00 AM and the rays of the sun were painting our dorm room from the window. Waking up in this kind of weather is difficult specially when the temperature dips to 10 degrees Celsius. We were still covered on our own thick blankets savoring the coolness of our own beds. You’ll never experience this kind of comforting climate in Manila where the weather is mostly humid and warm. Nevertheless, I stood up and started my morning routine. Good thing Upstairs Bed and Bath has its own hot/cold shower. Without it, I’ll be freezing to death for sure.
It was rainy the other day and the weather was colder than expected. My friend Angela created our itinerary for this trip and the first place we visited was the Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Warmth and Love
We were truly grateful to the people of Benguet for their welcoming nature. Instead of riding a cab going to the strawberry farms, we asked some locals around the city for alternatives. We took a jeep from the city hall of Baguio heading to La Trinidad. This only cost a fraction of a price compared to riding a cab. While riding the jeep, I had a glimpse of the life of people in Benguet. Although Baguio City is already an urbanized area, the environment is calmer and more timid than Manila.
We rode together with some students and professionals. Generally, they are all amiable and accommodating. Their friendly nature provides warmth and comfort to every visitor in the place.
The Colors of the Field
Benguet is a high altitude province and its climate is perfect for harvesting a variety of vegetables and fruits like strawberries. La Trinidad is well known as the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines due to its enormous produce of luscious red strawberries.
As we reached our destination, we immediately saw a large signboard heading to the strawberry farms. After walking a few meters, we were greeted with hectares of colorful fields. Unlike the other day, the sun was glowing warmly when we visited the strawberry farms of La Trinidad. The warm morning light adds vibrance to the place. Also, the colors of farm-produce were more saturated and livelier. I take it as a sign from mother nature welcoming us in her beautiful plantation in the most scenic way.
There are no entrance fee in visiting the farm and a number of farmers were also present. Certain paths in the plantation were muddy because of the rain the other day, but the farmers gave us an alternative route where the path was less muddy.
The other path is covered with plywood so your footwear will not get any dirt or mud. The locals were kind and generous in showing us this accessible route.
Here in La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, travelers are allowed to pick strawberries and other farm-produce with the help of the local farmers. One farmhand offered us to pick a kilogram of strawberries at a certain price, but we didn’t took it. We were worried that the strawberries might not last long since we do not have any proper storage in our hotel room. Instead, we had a personal moment with nature and captured the best spots in the farm.
Exploring the whole plantation is quite enjoyable. There are clusters wherein different kinds of vegetables were planted, such as cabbages and fresh lettuces. There’s also a handful of root crops found in the farm like onions and potatoes.
The La Trinidad strawberry farm also has a lot of blooming flowers found in certain areas. We saw a bunch of tall sunflowers and colorful orchids, but picking are not allowed. The flowers add embellishment in the whole plantation which makes La Trinidad strawberry farm an undoubtedly picturesque place.
After exploring the whole farm, we went out and tried some of their strawberries. The strawberries were really tasteful with a right mixture of sweet and sour. Luckily, it is the right season for harvesting strawberries thus the taste of these fruits are even more delicious. All I can say is, these are the best tasting strawberries in the country! Truly, a great gift from nature.
Strawberry Farms of La Trinidad
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