Trip to Al Bohayra Mazraa, aka the Blue Lake FarmTuesday, February 16, 2016
Over the weekend, a group of us girls, ahem ladies, visited the Al Bohayra Mazraa, or better known as the Blue Lake Farm in Abdaly (location on googlemaps). Warning, this is a very photo heavy post. It was a 130km drive up to the farm but we didn't notice the distance as we spent most of the time giggling and behaving like excited little school girls.
The main attraction is getting to pick your own strawberries and apparently now (February) is the best time to make the trip up to the farm, especially with the weather being so beautiful! Strawberry picking is only on Fridays and starts from 12:30pm onwards, but they only opened the doors to the greenhouse closer to 1pm. Make sure you're part of the first group of visitors so that you get first pick.
Above is the strawberry greenhouse. Now, I've been strawberry picking years ago as a kid, but nothing prepared me for the rows and rows of juicy red strawberries.
I spent the first few minutes taking the beauty in and snapping photos. It was a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, everything looked so good that we were basically running around like headless chickens from strawberry to strawberry!
We were each given a pair of scissors and plastic punnets to fill to our desire. Apparently the best strawberries are the smaller red ones. The punnets were then weighed and money collected accordingly. I paid 2.5 KD for my mini harvest.
There's a small orange orchard and a few other greenhouses containing vege plants, flowers and herbs which we wandered around in afterwards, however some of the greenhouses are closed to the public and we just had a quick nosy. There was even a greenhouse containing plants that we could purchase. I'm an expert in killing off my houseplants, so I didn't risk buying anything that could easily die and decided on a small tree instead.
There is quite a large greenhouse opposite where the strawberries are where you can buy fresh produce, a variety of homemade pickles, organic eggs, fresh milk (or was it cream?) and cheese. There was even a freezer stocked with minced meat and kebabs which I'm assuming is also from the farm.
There was also a big pot of corn on the cob bubbling away and I just had to get one. The corn was so fresh and the corn kernels were bursting with juice with each bite. Lightly salted, it was a delight to eat and I think I can officially label it the best corn ever.
A section of the greenhouse was also selling various flavours of herbal tea that is made right on the farm. I just couldn't leave before trying a cup. These cups have an inbuilt teabag inside which on pouring hot water, you instantly get tea. Isn't that neat?
There's an open area with a small man made lake, well more like a pond actually, and a few tents which can be rented out. I saw two families BBQing, but I'm not sure if you need prior permission to do so. There's also a small playground to keep kids entertained. We had bought lunch with us and had it in one of the tents and then enjoyed the outdoors. The sky was a clear blue and the weather was perfect which added to the whole farm experience. An absolutely gorgeous day to be outside.
Overall, it was an awesome outing. Having been used to seeing a lot of brown, brown and more brown, it was so refreshing to see all the fresh fruit, veges, flowers, etc. Going strawberry picking was definitely the highlight of the day and if you're planning on going, make sure you go during the strawberry season. You can also check out the farm's instagram and twitter here.