Our Story

We're a proud family-run business. We believe every day is a little - or sometimes big - celebration.

Run by the McMahon family, every part of The Strawberry Farm is there to put a little joy into your day. You can pick your own fresh berries for those balmy summer afternoons, and let the kids run free in our specially-designed playground. At Punnet, you can kick back with morning tea coffee and cake, or a delicious lunch. And at the Country Providore, you'll find everyday goodies and special-occasion treats for yourself or someone else.

The Strawberry Farm has been part of Tamahere for more than 25 years, but it was taken over by the McMahon family (that's us!) in 2003. Starting with an honesty box system, we soon built a shop to sell the berries from, and were the first in Hamilton to start making our own natural fruit ice cream.

As the Strawberry Farm became more of a destination and as the little shop grew, we realised that the community needed its own gathering spot, somewhere people could spend time relaxing and enjoying life. Punnet was born! Not long after that The Country Providore followed, selling ice cream all year round and playing an everyday role in the community as an upmarket convenience store.

Now, we're a fixture in the community. Punnet has a real character of its own and is a favourite of people all over the Waikato. The Country Providore is the place to go for chic homewares and gifts, as well as specialty and everyday foods from local providers. We have an ice cream trailer that lets us share our ice cream all over the region, looked after by our daughter Kate. And the Strawberry Farm keeps doing what it does best - growing strawberries to be sold by Emma in the shop and showcased by Haley in the café. That's something that makes us enjoy every day on the farm.