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Our story

 

People always ask us “why is it that Beerenberg strawberries taste so good?  They’re so sweet and juicy and full of flavour.”

We tell them, that’s no accident.  It’s a story of risk, hard work and a long term commitment.

Almost 200 years ago, our ancestors, George and Anna Paech and their young family embarked on a courageous journey from their home in German-speaking Prussia to South Australia, a land they knew little about, on the other side of the world.

They were willing to take the risk because they dreamed of a happy life here, free to farm and build prosperous and healthy lives for themselves and for future generations.

They were fortunate to settle on land in the Adelaide Hills, which offered nutrient rich soil with gentle north-facing slopes, perfect for growing fruit and vegetables.  They worked hard over the years, seeing themselves as stewards of the land, whilst cultivating their craft of food production.

Six generations later, we, the Paech family, still 100% own, farm and live on the property, which is now known as The Beerenberg Family Farm.  The name Beerenberg means ‘Berry Hill’ in German, a nod to our heritage, our produce and our hillside location.

In 1970, our parents, Grant and Carol, made the decision to concentrate on growing strawberries.  Grant infused the traditional farming practices that had been handed down to him through the generations and his deep knowledge of the land with new technology and techniques to produce the most spectacular tasting berries.  He had inherited a commitment to excellence and spent many decades perfecting the art of strawberry growing, which he then handed down to his son, Robert, who now grows all of our strawberries.

The first batch of strawberry jam in 1971 was the start of Beerenberg as we know it today, a thriving family-owned farm, tourist destination and manufacturer of the best tasting jams, chutneys, sauces and dressings.

We are here for the long term and we stake our families’ reputation on every product we make.  We love sharing a taste of the country life with the thousands of people who visit the farm to pick their own strawberries and taste our products.  Everything is made right here on the farm.  We are proud to continue our families’ tradition of farming, land stewardship and food craftmanship.

 
From L to R: Robert, Sally, Carol (our Mum) and Anthony Paech
 
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