The Salad Trail – Visitor’s Guide


The Salad Trail

Today we will visit The Salad Trail at Talmei Yosef. We will start with a map, entrance fee, opening hours, and then join a tour. Let’s begin!

Map

The Salad Trail is situated in southern Israel at moshav Talmei Yosef. And the full address is Marva 31, Talmei Yosef. But to get there, just enter “The Salad Trail” into Waze, and it will take you to the parking lot.

Map of the area:

Entrance Fee

The entrance fee is 45 NIS per person. And you have to purchase tickets in advance through the official website. Moreover, during Festival Darom Adom, many people visit this attraction. Thus tickets run out quickly. Last year when I tried to purchase several days before our planned visit, all tickets were already sold out. Hence this year, I bought the tickets two weeks in advance.

Also, I wanted to mention that occasionally you can find coupons online. But before our visit, I have not seen any discounts.

Opening Hours

To visit the farm, you have to join a tour, which means that when you purchase tickets at the official site, you are also selecting the date and time of the visit.

About

The Salad Trail would like to invite you to an unforgettable experience in the greenhouses of the Habsor region in the northern Negev.

The tour is planned and guided by the agronomist Uri Alon (a specialist in international agriculture.) Uri is assisted by a team of professional guides, who are fluent in several languages and adept at working with different age groups.

You will observe the most up to date agricultural technologies- the “high tech” of agriculture. At every stop of the tour you will receive an explanation followed by you actually picking and eating your fruit right away!

On the tour you will encounter a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

There might be changes due to the agricultural season.

The tour lasts 2-3.5 hours. The tour is suited to all ages and all the yearly seasons

Please call us to book the tour 08-9982225

Arriving by appointment is necessary.

Note: unless stated otherwise, all quotes were taken from the official website.

And now let’s skip to the actual tour.

Talmei Yosef

The tour consists of different stations, and our guide started the tour by explaining about Talmei Yosef. As it turns out, Talmei Yosef was created in Sinai. But after returning the Sinai, original Talmei Yosef residents moved here and created moshav with the same name.

Our guide explaining about Talmei Yosef
Our guide explaining about Talmei Yosef

The moshav was established in 1982 by former residents of Talmei Yosef, an Israeli settlement in Sinai. The original settlement’s residents were evacuated as a result of the Camp David Accords, and re-settled in Israel, naming their new settlement after their previous one (after Yosef Weitz, a former director of the Land and Afforestation Department of the Jewish National Fund).

In 2005, one moshav resident opened an educational farm called the “Salad Trail.”Visitors see how Israel’s agricultural technologies allow over 80 different crops, primarily fruits and vegetables, to grow in the desert soil – without pesticides.

Source: Wikipedia

Tomato Greenhouse

Our next stop was the tomato greenhouse.

The Tomato Greenhouse: How come the tomatoes grow upwards? Why are there enormous bees here? You will pick and eat colorful tomatoes and small peppers and tasty cucumbers.

At The Tomato Greenhouse
At The Tomato Greenhouse

Our guide started by showing tomato seeds and explaining how they grow. Then we talked about pest control and natural pollination (next photo). And afterward, we received some free time (about ten minutes) to wander in the tomato greenhouse and taste everything.

Biological pollination
Biological pollination
Matryoshka tomato
Matryoshka tomato
At The Tomato Greenhouse, Salad Trail
At The Tomato Greenhouse, Salad Trail

There is about half a dozen different tomatoes types in this greenhouse.

At The Tomato Greenhouse, Salad Trail
At The Salad Trail in Southern Israel

And though it is called tomato greenhouse, there are other vegetables as well. There are cucumbers.

Cucumbers at The Salad Trail
Cucumbers at The Salad Trail

And there are hot peppers. In the next photo, you can see the Carolina Reaper. It is the official hottest pepper in the world, with a reported over 2 million Scoville heat units. So be aware, and if you are with small kids, monitor what they are eating.

The Carolina Reaper - the hottest pepper in the world
The Carolina Reaper – the hottest pepper in the world
Pineapple growing near Tomato Greenhouse
Pineapple growing near Tomato Greenhouse

Strawberries

Our third stop was the strawberries greenhouse. And similarly to the previous station, we started with explanations and went on to the tasting.

The Greenhouse of flying strawberries: Why do they grow in the air? Who are the strawberries’ bio-engineered friends? You will learn about the water, the special soil used and, of course, taste the fruit.

Strawberries at The Salad Trail
Strawberries at The Salad Trail

Till today, I have seen two methods of growing strawberries. In northern Israel and Sharon area, the farmers grow strawberries in the soil (for example, see The Strawberry and Flower at Ramot HaShavim and Strawberry Picking At Hod HaSharon). And in southern Israel, strawberries grow in the air (see also Self-Picking Raspberries at Gedera). The exciting thing that we learned this time is that these strawberries are not planted in soil. They are raised in coconut leftovers.

Orchard of Chinese Oranges

Though in Israel they are referred as Chinese oranges, in other countries they are known as Kumquat.

The Orchard of Chinese Oranges: Did you know that all of the orchards from the Sharon area were moved to the Negev? You will make Hawaiian style necklaces from Chinese oranges!

Orchard of Oranges at The Salad Trail
Orchard of Oranges at The Salad Trail

Kumquats are the size of big grapes, and you eat them the same way. In other words, you do not peel them like oranges.

Kumquat tree
Kumquat tree

Though Kumquat jams are very popular, you can eat them fresh. And they taste similar to oranges.

After eating Chinese oranges, we went on with Chinese lemons. They are similar in size, and sourer (as you would expect from a lemon).

Orchard of Chinese Lemons at The Salad Trail
Orchard of Chinese Lemons at The Salad Trail

Note: we did not make a necklace from the oranges as the quote from the official site suggested. Maybe they stopped with that activity.

Carrots and Potatoes

We continued to our fifth station, the field of carrots.

The Field of Carrots: You will learn the history of the carrot and then find and collect orange, white, yellow and purple carrots

The Field of Carrots
The Field of Carrots

As in previous stations, we got explanations, and then the activity started. So far, the action was eating, but here only we did some digging.

Digging potatoes at the Salad Trail
Digging potatoes at the Salad Trail

Passiflora Maze

Then we walked through the Passiflora fruit maze and looked for ripe fruits.

You will explore a genuine maze from passion fruit while picking and eating on your way!

Passiflora fruit
Passiflora fruit

Homing Pigeons

At our next stop we got to release Homing Pigeons.

Racing of homing pigeons: Once these pigeons were the e-mail of the ancient world. Which is the fastest bird? You will send your messages and wishes on the legs of our homing pigeons.

Homing Pigeons
Homing Pigeons

And then we headed to the herbs garden.

Herbs

The Herbal Greenhouse of fresh medical herbs:  Green medicinal herbs that are not only for eating – you will touch and smell and learn about their essential oils.

Luiza at the herbs garden
Luiza at the herbs garden
Dill
Dill

Preparing Pitot

“Pitot on the Saj”: We will bake pitot with zaatar and olive oil. (A saj is a Bedouin oven covered by mud).

At our last stop, each child got some dough and prepared a pita. Then the guide collected the pitot and baked them on the Saj.

Pitot on the Saj
Pitot on the Saj

When the tour ended, we headed towards the tables on-site and held a picnic.

After the picnic we looked at several palm types and headed home.

Coconuts growing on palm tree
Coconuts growing on palm tree

How much time a visit at the Salad Trail takes?

Our tour lasted two hours and twenty minutes. And according to the official site, the duration of a visit is anywhere from two hours to three and a half hours.

Bananas at The Salad Trail
Bananas at The Salad Trail

Summary

Overall, the tour was charming, and we enjoyed it a lot. Due to all activities and short explanations, the tour is suitable for small children as well. The only downside, as with many other attractions, once you purchase tickets for the whole family, it gets quite expensive.

Note: for additional attractions during the festival check Festival Darom Adom. And if you love agrotourism, then check out the agrotourism category.

Have you ever been to The Salad Trail? Tell us in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

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2 thoughts on “The Salad Trail – Visitor’s Guide

  1. This is wonderful! I am Israeli-American and I never knew about this!!! I am an “Aggie” and a “Foodie” and I can’t wait to go there! I shared this, and other posts of yours, on the “Jews For Israel ” Facebook page that I admin https://www.facebook.com/groups/41907577341
    Please feel free to join and share you posts and photos there!

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