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.
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)
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss