We had the happiest time picking strawberries at Vierfelderhof.
It took us less than forty-five minutes to get there on the bus from Schöneberg (the X34 from Zoo Station is speed itself) and the farm is within the city limits. But following the poppy-lined country road to the farm made me feel I was in another world.
Founded two years ago, Vierfelderhof has just completed the transition process to becoming a certified organic farm. Their focus is the farm as a place to learn about food, and they host regular events for preschoolers and schoolchildren. They also run Berlin's first Bauernhofkita (or farm preschool).
The fields went on forever, and on that Tuesday, we had them mostly to ourselves.
What is that treasure-hunt fever that comes over you in a field of ripe fruit? I wouldn't say that I needed to take home four kilograms of red berries, but I am so glad to have them. (If you're curious, I made Rumtopf, two batches of Christine Ferber's strawberry jam, and of course we ate at least a kilo out of hand.)
It was magical to be there on such a quiet day, but if you fancy a little more action, Vierfelderhof is hosting a strawberry festival this weekend with crafts, strawberry snacks in the cafe and of course all the berries your little hands can gather.
Vierfelderhof, Straße 264 Nr. 33, Berlin-Spandau/Gatow (map)
During strawberry season (through the end of June) you can pick strawberries every day from 1pm-5pm. Organic strawberries are 7 EUR/kilogram.
The cafe and farm shop are open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-6pm. Other events take place through the year: find an overview here.