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You can pick strawberries and other fruit in the Zelfpluktuin, the Pick-Your-Own Garden. It’s lots of fun and a delectable day out!
This family business is run by the Boersen family. When they harvested their first crop of strawberries in 1994, there were so many enthusiastic buyers that they couldn’t pick enough strawberries for everyone. Then someone suggested buyers should pick the fruit themselves. And today, that is how this pick-your-own garden works: caring and responding to the land and the people.
When the strawberries are ripe, which happens throughout May, you can pick your own strawberries in the pick-your-own garden. If you follow the picking route, you will learn all about how the crops grow and see all sorts of bees, including bumble bees.
The farm shop sells all sorts of produce from the garden, including homemade jams and jellies, lemonade and syrups, sauces and liquors. You can buy strawberries, red currents, blueberries and tomatoes there too.
Some of Texel’s shops, those listed below, sell the jams, jellies, sauces and syrups all year round: VVV Texel, Wezenspyk, Texelse Kost, VOC De Kade, Hoeve Vrij en Blij, Marie’s Hobbyshop, Zuivelboerderij Texel, PLUS Supermarket De Cocksdorp, Spar Supermarket Goenga and Spar Supermarkt De Krim. The products are also available online from www.texelseproducten.nl too.
At a number of hotels on Texel you can enjoy the jams from the Zelfpluktuin during the breakfast buffet. Boutique Hotel Texel and Hotel Tatenhove, among others, serve the jam.
If you would like to try using Texel strawberries or jam in a recipe, how about the recipes below:
Admittance to the pick-your-own garden is free of charge. You only pay for products you pick from the garden.