Girasoles Farm: Magnificent Bloom
Ever since the Taal volcano erupted and the Corona virus scare, we have been avoiding malls and crowded areas. The kids have been constantly asking for a stroll. They have been stuck in our house for a few months already. In search for a fun place to visit without compromising our safety, I came across Girasoles Farm in Barangay Masin Sur Candelaria Quezon. It’s a 30-minute drive from our place in San Juan Batangas.
The kids were ecstatic when I informed them that finally, we will be going out to visit a flower farm. We arrived at Girasoles Farm around 8:30 am and the sun was bright. It was a perfect time to catch Vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding. Entrance fee for adults is PHP 100 while senior citizens and PWD is PHP 80. Kids are free of charge.
Why is it named Girasoles Farm
In Italy, Girasoles means Sunflower. The farm is planted with thousands of sunflowers blooming all year round. The owners converted their one-hectare idle property into a flower farm to contribute to Candelaria’s Agritourism.
The farm also showcases many processed products from the different towns in Quezon. Some of which are, coffee, herbal products, gourmet, tinapa and other processed sweets. They also have a vegetable section wherein visitors can enjoy buying fresh vegetables. When we visited, they have lots of corn in different varieties.
There are also a lot of potted plants for sale. From culinary herbs such as mint, parsley, basil and herbs. For the Cactus enthusiast they have a different variety including bonsai. I saw a group of senior citizens happily picking their potted floral plants to take home. They have Petunia, Marigold, Cosmos, Zinnia, Vinca, Celosia Plumosa and of course, sun flowers.
Every spot at the farm was picture perfect, instagramable and selfie worthy. The farm was divided in a unique way which is according to festival. One of which is Carabao Festival which pays tribute to Carabaos and St. Isidore patron saints of farmers.
The colorful façade of the Pahiyas festival decorated with rice and vibrant kipings for prosperous harvest. A miniature hot air balloon and blooming floral arcs to feel the santacruzan vibe.
There is also a sunflower maze and vegetable tunnels. We had fun identifying the different kinds of vegetables such as upo, kundol and patola. They also have a bahay kubo adorned with colorful flowers.
After going through the farm, spending time taking photos and appreciating the beauty of nature. You may take a rest at the pavilion. There are some amazing food finds. I love the refreshments. We tried the cucumber lemonade, four seasons and orange. It is definitely a thirst quencher. If you are hungry, they have a wide variety of silog meals. Cookies and chips are also available, you may also opt to buy boiled sweet corn on the cob.
It’s good to explore the beauty of nature once in a while. Bask in the summer sunshine. The vibrant colors of flowers and calming greenery is such a relief to the eyes.
How to get there:
Private Car – the place is very accessible to waze and google maps. You won’t miss it when you are at the by pass road in Candelaria.
- From Manila: Take the provincial bus going to Lucena. Its either you take Jam or Jac Liner
- From Lucena Grand Terminal: Take a jeep going to Candelaria Quezon, Alight at Puregold Candelaria
- Ride a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you to Girasoles Farm.
Visit their FB Page for more info: Girasoles Farm
Take the following with you:
- Towels and extra shirts
- Mosquito and insect repellent
- Water to keep you hydrated
For more travel and adventure visit MyKmag