On our second day in Zambales we were all up early for a morning of mango picking at the Betagro Farm where the delicious and sweet Batungbacal mangoes are grown. Opposite the beautiful sunset the day before is a mountain landscape that is equally beautiful.
...and we were off.....
The farm is a good thirty minutes away from the beach house where we stayed. You know you are near when you enter a woodsy area. How exciting!
This trellis path welcomes you to the Batungbacal's warm and cozy farm home.
You cannot miss the beautiful stones used everywhere in the structures here and in the beach house. Mayet tells me these were all from the farm property. WOW! They are not called Batungbacal for nothing. Wink! Look how lovely!
|Here are the happy mango pickers posed for the task even baby Rica!|
At the helm of Betagro is Mayet's husband Rico, a true farmer at heart.
After a short tutorial on mango picking we headed off to the orchard, Rico assigned us two trees to harvest and gave us nets especially designed for picking mangoes.
My friend Jill who is a chef though picked them with her bare hands. haha!
After picking them we hand them over to Rico's staff for sorting.
Thank you to the Batungbacals for this fun and priceless experience. Here is to many more years of bountiful harvests!