Picking fruit and vegetables is a great family activity anywhere in the world. Getting children in touch with how food is grown and cared for only helps them become more aware of what they are putting into their bodies. I miss fall apple picking in the Northeast United States where we come from. Hong Kong does have its opportunities for these activities and is lucky enough to have strawberries for six months of the year, December through May.
There are several farms where you can go strawberry picking in Hong Kong, we chose Rainbow Strawberry Farm because it specializes in organic strawberries and they have animals. The kids had as much fun feeding the goats and bunnies as we had picking strawberries.
There are tons of other vegetables and fruits growing. On the day we visited only strawberry picking was open due to ripeness but lots of other produce was available for purchase. Despite the rain we had fun walking around and identifying the plants.
We brought pound cake and whipped cream and made strawberry shortcake at their picnic tables. In all, it was a very successful country experience in the big city.
Details: Take MTR to Fanling Station Exit C. Then taxi to the farm at 76 Hok Tau Village, Fan Ling Hong Kong, 93020258. Open Daily 9am to 6pm. www.strawberry-farm.com.hk Admission fees are subtracted from any purchases made, strawberries are about $60 HK Dollars a pound. Strawberry season is December through May.