Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries is a great family experience when holidaying on the Mid North Coast NSW.
Just 10 minutes north of Port Macquarie, and not far from the Highway, you can call in and have a bite to eat and experience picking your own strawberries in the greenhouse.
Oh, by the way, that mad chook stealing strawberries is a resident of this eco-friendly farm, and her name is Maxie. I'm told she is friendly and loves a cuddle.
My visit was the last stop from my trip home from Coffs Harbour. I had heard great reviews about Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries and it had been on my 'to do' list in Port Macquarie for a long time. I was famished so I decided to have some lunch at Cafe Red and I have to say, the quiche and salad was one of the best I've ever had. The menu is quite extensive so you are sure to find something wonderful to eat.
As you would expect the meals are based around tomatoes and locally grown produce. Cafe Red is situated within the Grocer store where you can purchase some wonderful local Artisan produce as well as tomatoes of course!
After lunch I was off to pick my own strawberries. It's a bit of a challenge because you need to look high and low to find the ripest. The greenhouse is environmentally friendly with state of the art farm technology. Farm tours are available at 11.00 a.m.
There is a request that Ricardoes Tomatoes ask; and that is please don't eat the strawberries as you pick them, do the right thing and take them to be weighed back at the Grocer.
Above is my treasure of delightful strawberries.
When I arrived home I was eager to taste my Ricardoes Traditional Tomato Relish and Olive Tapenade that I purchased along with my strawberries. So good! I'm about to hop online and order more!
Open 7 Days A Week
Farm Gate Sales - 7am to 6pm
Big Red Cafe - 9am to 3pm
Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm
221 Blackmans Point Road
Port Macquarie, NSW
Phone: 02 6585 0663