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Erf size:
5.30 ha

Gooseberry Farm

PLEASE NOTE…DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES GOOSEBERRY PRODUCTION IS ON HOLD TEMPORARILY. [indications are that it will commence for the next season]. The farm is priced as it stands with the existing infrastructure, but not as a going concern. The farm, just a five minute drive from St Francis Bay, is an agriculture-zoned property of 5.3ha of which 2ha was under Cape gooseberries, using an eco-friendly solar irrigation system, 100% off-grid. The groundwater is pumped and stored in 72,000l reservoir atop the highest dunes for gravity-fed irrigation. Fertilization and water are provided through the 11,000 meters of irrigation lines that provide year-round nutrition to the plants. The farm additionally has a servitude to a freshwater dam situated on the neighboring property. The plantation comprise d about 22,000 berry bushes. The farm is proud of its organic farming techniques, upholding the use of biological pest-control and sustainable agriculture principles. The berries have been planted in virgin soil with no prior crops sown or harsh chemicals applied. The 2ha of planted gooseberries produces a seasonal but perpetual crop. The size of the product, the quality and the total yield is a multiple of the resources invested by the farmer. The farm produced about 500kg per ha/week depending on the cycle of the plants. The production was an estimated 18 to 24 tons annually, with a total optimum production estimated to be 30 tons per annul. The farm supplied fruit exporters and distributors that supply supermarkets. Berry prices varies through the seasons based on demand and supply, from R160 – R280 p/kg depending on whether the berries are sold to distributors, on the fresh market, or packaged for export. For more information about gooseberries, we have some professional references in the industry that we can share with interested buyers. We can also supply substantial information about gooseberries and the farming of them. In brief, they are sweet when ripe, with a characteristic, mildly tart flavor, and are made into sauces, pies, puddings, chutneys, jams and ice cream, or eaten fresh in salads and fruit salads. Because of the fruit's decorative appearance in its showy husk, it is popular in restaurants as an exotic garnish for desserts.

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23 Oyster Bay Road, St Francis Bay Rural

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