Strawberry Picking at Stalbetut, Hod HaSharon – Visitors Guide


Stalbetut is one of several places in Hod HaSharon which allows the self-picking of strawberries. And today we will visit them.

Note: for a complete guide about strawberries, see Picking Strawberries – When, Where, and Comparison of Places.

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Map

Most strawberries grow in the Sharon area, and we went to Stalbetut in Hod HaSharon. They are located inside the city at Habanim 65, Hod HaSharon.

Map of the area:

Opening Hours

They are open on weekdays and Saturdays. But their opening hours vary depending on the weather and the number of fruits. Thus before visiting, check their Facebook page.

Entrance Fee

Entrance costs 20 NIS per visit and 40 NIS if you want to take a box of strawberries home (around 300 grams of berries fits in the box). You can not buy only 20 NIS tickets. There was some binding ratio (for every several more inexpensive tickets, you have to buy one more expensive one).

And of course, regardless of the purchased ticket, during strawberry picking, you can eat on-site as much as you want.

When is the strawberry picking season?

In Israel, due to the warm climate, the strawberry season is winter. Usually, strawberries are available from December until March (including). And towards the end of this period, some farms allow strawberry picking (self-picking).

At Stalbetut

We bought one ticket with the box and two only entrance. We also got scissors to cut the fruits from the plants.

Strawberry Picking at Stalbetut, Hod HaSharon

During our visit, we saw two kinds of strawberries. We started with Orly.

Orly Strawberry
Orly Strawberry
Strawberries

Strawberries are different from other fruits and berries. They do not become ripe together. When you come to a plant, you can see some beautiful ripe red ones and nearby green ones, and they are growing together.

Strawberry Picking at Stalbetut, Hod HaSharon

The strawberries grow in rows with narrow passages and close to the ground. Thus kids can quickly pick them up, but less suitable for people with back problems.

Agronen Self-picking in Gedera is one of the places in Israel where strawberries grow above ground.

I took pauses from eating the berries and tried different shooting ideas 😉

Strawberry Picking at Stalbetut, Hod HaSharon

With the strawberry flower:

Strawberries

Overall view of the field:

Strawberry Picking at Stalbetut, Hod HaSharon

As you can see, the field is not big, but there are plenty of fruits.

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel
Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

We ate the strawberries straight from the plants. The farm is organic. But if you worry about sand and dirt (unlike most Israelis), I have to disappoint you. I have not seen any place where you can wash the fruits (as opposed to other agritourism attractions, for example: Picking Cherries at Odem).

Strawberry Picking at Stalbetut, Hod HaSharon

I think that at this point, we changed rows and started picking other types of strawberries. If I remember correctly, it was “Angel.”

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Fan type berry:

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel
Strawberry field

Shooting up:

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Besides picking strawberries, there were several activities for kids (drawing and makeup), but these were relatively short and served as a small addition to the self-picking experience.

Strawberry picking at Hod ha Sharon, Israel

Summary

We spent around two hours at Stalbetut field. As long as you do not expect anything besides strawberry picking, you will most likely enjoy this experience.

We enjoyed this experience. It is educational and teaches kids to eat more fruits (a problem that many parents have).

In case you want to add an extra activity after the self-picking, you can drive to Hod HaSharon Park for a short walk.

Have you visited Stalbetut? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

For other similar places, check out agrotourism.

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

Stay Tuned!

   

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