Situated three kilometers from Baguio City proper is La Trinidad Valley whose main attraction is its vast strawberry farms, making it the strawberry capital of the Philippines. The municipality of La Trinidad has a total land area of almost 8,300 hectares consisting mostly of mountains, rivers, and springs. Its floor elevation is 1,300 meters above sea level which explains the cool temperature in the valley, perfect for growing strawberries all year long.
To get to the strawberry farms by commuting from Baguio, ride the jeepneys bearing the “Buyagan” sign whose terminal is located just outside Baguio City Hall. The jeepney’s route traverses through Baguio, La Trinidad, and Bontoc Road. Get off at the Benguet State University. The entrance to the strawberry farm is already walking distance from the university.
But don’t get too excited. Before heading straight to the farm, one must register first in the logbook for tracking purposes. The cost of strawberry picking may be a bit expensive to the ordinary person. It is usually twice the cost of just buying from the markets. This is also to compensate for the potential damages that amateur pickers can do to the crops. But at P350 per box, the experience of wandering through the stretch of green and red, being able to pick the freshest crops and sneakily tasting some of them (it’s not allowed) is definitely a bang for the buck. Furthermore, it gives one a new perspective on how farming life is and how simple yet happy the local farmers are.
The best time to go strawberry picking in La Trinidad is during the first quarter of the year, most especially during the summer month of March. Just like in any other trip, it is best experienced with family or with a group of friends- important people in one’s lives to share the happy memories with.