Fig Picking at Hoogwater Farm

Hoogwater Figs

As anyone who joined our Fig and Peach Harvest Share this summer will know – the figs on Hoogwater Farm are plentiful, and they are delicious.

Some of you came along on a picnic to see the farm and sit amongst the peach orchards, but if you missed that and would like to visit the farm (near Wolseley) before fig season comes to a close, there is another opportunity to do so.

Hoogwater Farm will be running a ‘pick and eat’ event from now until mid April:

This week we have seen a great number of figs ripening in our orchard. right now ALL the cultivars are carrying fruit and would be a great opportunity for the public to taste the different varieties side by side in the orchard. We are not harvesting so the trees are laden with ripe figs!

We will be open to the public during the week as well as Saturday from 07:00 till 10:00, until the season ends in mid April.

Entry costs R40/person, eat as much as you like and take home 1kg figs per person (that equates to two Very full punnets). Thereafter R3/punnet. Children in primary school enter/eat free (although no takeaways).

Anyone interested should arrive at our farm office to make payment, collect punnets and directions.

When:

Late March – mid-April 2011.  Weekdays and Saturdays from 7am-10am.

Cost:

Entry costs R40/person, eat as much as you like and take home 1kg figs per person. Thereafter R3/punnet. Children in primary school enter/eat free (no takeaways).

Location:

Hoogwater Farm, Wolseley (Google Map).  Report to farm office before heading into the fig orchards.

Directions:

The drive takes about 1 hr 30 mins from central Cape Town, or about 15 mins longer if you travel via the more picturesque Bain’s Kloof pass on the R301. The farm is just off the R43, before you reach Wolseley.

Option 1: N1/R44/R301 Bain’s Kloof Pass (via Wellington)
If travelling via Bain’s Kloof, take the R44 turn-off from the N1 and travel via Wellington, over Bain’s Kloof on the R301, and then turning onto the R43.

Option 2: N1/R101/R43 (via Rawsonville)
If you don’t have a head for heights, you can travel along the N1 towards Worcester, turning off to go through Rawsonville on the R101 and then follow the signs to R43/Wolseley. You can also turn off onto the R43 just as you are coming into Worcester, if you miss the Rawsonville turn off.

The turn-off to Hoogwater farm from the R43 is about 4.5km north of the R43/R301 junction on the left. If you reach the Voortrekker Road turn-off that takes you into Wolsely, you have gone 2.5km too far! After turning off, follow the gravel road, as shown in the attached image. The GPS coordinates are 33’28’20,66″S 19’11’27,45″E.

5 comments on “Fig Picking at Hoogwater Farm

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  3. Cheryll Boshoff on said:

    So disappointed Saturday the 9th April 2011 we drove all the way from Cape Town and arrived at Hoogwater Farm at 8.45 and there was no one at the farm. We couldn’t contact anyone as we didn’t have a phone number for them either.

    We were unable to pick any figs.

    Have learnt my lesson the hard way. Phone 1st – if there’s no phone number then don’t go.

    • Charles Ochse on said:

      Good morning Cheryll,

      I apologize for the missed opportunity to pick figs with us. Someone was supposed to be here on duty and I will follow up on this. In the future if anyone is planning to visit us, please just drop me a call/sms (0725360055) and I personally will make sure we are prepared to meet you.

      Regards

  4. Bella on said:

    Can’t believe I missed this oppotunity. I’m looking for a fig tree to plant in my garden and it would have given me a great oppotunity to taste the different varieties on hand.

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