Huntley Berry Farm hosts thousands for family fun day

Thousands took the chance to pick their own strawberries on Saturday at Huntley Berry Farm during their family fun day.

More than 1200 people walked through the front gate in the first two hours for tractor rides, animals, a jumping castle and markets.

“We’re really pleased, and we’re hoping all these people will return next year,” manager Tony Belmonte said.

The farm attracted more than a few locals but also people from Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Corowa.

Mr Belmonte said the only way for the farm to grow was to raise awareness, so people would return to buy produce.

“We’re open 365 days a year, and its days like this, which brings us and what we grow and do, to the community’s attention,” he said.

Mr Belmonte said the farm gave staff who had disabilities the chance to learn skills they otherwise may have missed out on learning.

“It’s thanks to our visitors and supporters who have made this day possible and hopefully, we’ll see everyone again,” he said.

“With their continued support, we can keep the farm going.”

It wasn’t just the Easter egg hunt or fresh strawberries which attracted the guests.

“It’s a nice family day and we can teach our children where fruit comes, it’s not just the supermarket,” Bathurst’s Emma Harland said.

For six-year-old Lillyarna Wood there was a few highlights, including finding an Easter egg after picking strawberries.

“The bouncy castle was the best bit,” she said.

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