Home-Made Jams and Historic Charm at the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/28/2016

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Set just outside of Adelaide City, the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm proves to be a popular tourist attraction. It’s the perfect combination of fresh local produce and the great outdoors.

As a working farm, it produces a number of delicious homemade treats, including jams, condiments, and sauces. Its picturesque setting in the quaint village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills promises stunning scenery and plenty of wildlife. It is an important part of Australia’s food and wine trail. You may recognise them from their cute products that are served on airlines and in hotels.

The History of the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm

The farm itself dates back to 1839 when Johann Paech, a German migrant, opened it up as a dairy farm. In 1969, the farm got a new name, Beerenberg. After the Paech’s sold their dairy cows, they set their sights on growing produce.

To begin with, the farm was renowned for selling home-made jams that were displayed on a roadside stall. Today, business has absolutely boomed, though it is still run as a multi-generational family business. More recently, it has received a food award from South Australian Premier for its dedication and contributions to the horticulture and food industries.

Keeping up with Innovation

Over the years, Beerenberg has tried its best to keep up with the changing trends in the food industry. In 2009 it set up a new feature on its website that allows customers to trace the journey of their food from “soil to shelf”. This reveals information as detailed as when the product was made and even the name of the chef who cooked it.

Things to Do at Beerenberg

There is plenty to do at the Beerenberg farm. Strawberry picking is one of the most popular activities. Gather your own punnets of juicy strawberries to eat in the great outdoors. There is also an on-site jam kitchen. You can watch as condiments are mixed, plus taste test a few of their delicacies. Head into the farm shop to pick up a  few to take home.

And, as a backdrop to it all, you can revel in the historic charm of Hahndorf and the Beerenberg estate itself, which has maintained the age-old charm that imbues this part of the country.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.