Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Farm, Port Macquarie
Just a minute or so off the M1 roundabout - Ricardoes (free entry) is an ideal swift refreshment stopover along the road or an indulgence for all ages to while away several hours.
Row upon row of outstanding white igloo-style greenhouses march across lush countryside. Inside, glorious red-ripe tomatoes climb to the sky on towering Jack and the Beanstalk-type vines and sweet succulent strawberries scale latticed A-frame avenues. All attractions are under cover in the greenhouses in case of rain, wind or chill.
Warm, welcoming air-conditioned 'Cafe Red' (Bring Your Own, no corkage; high chairs available) has budget-priced farm-fresh brekkie/brunch, lunches, snacks, brewed tea, barista coffee, cakes, and Devonshire Teas with farmhouse scones. Free tastings of Ricardoes' Sydney Royal Easter Show and Fine Food Show award-winning sweet and savoury preserves. The shop is replenished daily with fresh farm produce and stocks essential supplies for recreation vehicles and campers.
Pick your own strawberries at shoulder height for everyone from two to 102. Seniors: no back-breaking bending! Pay only for what you pick. Add some cream from the shop.
Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss
Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
Caters for people with allergies and intolerances.
Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
Employ people with disability
Have a step free main entrance to the building and/or reception area (includes ramps or slopes with a maximum gradient of 1:14, otherwise are too steep for wheelchairs)
Have a wheelchair accessible toilet / shower and change room
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have an appropriate area for toileting an assistance dog
Have step free access to restaurant, lounge and bar
Have step free outdoor pathways (includes picnic areas, barbecues and shelters)
Modify your cooking and cleaning practices to cater for people with food allergies or chemical intolerances (could include menus with meals free from: nuts, dairy, seafood, eggs, gluten etc)
Train your staff in customer service for people with vision loss (training would incorporate way finding and communicating with people with vision loss)
Train your staff in communicating with people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Train your staff in communicating with people with learning or behavioural challenges
Train your staff in disability awareness
Train your staff to respond to allergic reactions
Use floors/coverings which are slip resistant, firm and smooth
Use non-slip tiles in the bathroom or slip resistant matting
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)