The strawberries in my garden are making great progress (if I can keep the slugs away, that is…!)
If you want someone else to do the dirty work though, why not just pick them? The fruit picking season starts in June (weather depending) and here’s where to go in our local area…
Graveley Fruit Farm
Pick your own strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, black and redcurrants. Picking for 2019 has started but it’s worth checking their Facebook page for what’s available, especially early in the season. Check website for other opening days and times.
You can also buy food to feed the pigs through chutes into the pig pens. Sometimes you can also pick fallen berries to feed them too – great for the little ones! Tractor and trailer rides also available.
There is a small playground including a tractor, swings, zip wire and hay bales to run around. Next to the playground is a cafe serving hot and cold food with seating indoors and out. Regular car boot fairs run too.
Top Tip: Make sure you take cash with you. Although you can use your card to pay for what you have picked, the cafe is cash only.
Pearce’s Farm Shop
Pearce’s Farm Shop have a large area of soft fruit at available for visitors either to pick themselves or to buy in the shop.
PYO is open now for strawberries. There’s also a shop with fresh produce, a deli, freshly baked bread, fresh fish delivered daily and much more plus a cafe with views over the fields. Plus a cow or two hanging around!
Hawkswick Lodge Farm
There’s a great range of fruit available for picking at Hawkswick including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries.
Due to mild weather they hope that fruit will be ready for picking from Saturday 22nd June but this may be delay due to the cold weather we’ve been having. Call on 01727 831224 to check what’s available before visiting.
They have a min spend of £2.50 per person (except under 4s) on PYO fruit, payable on entry. The balance is then collected when you leave the fields. They accept credit cards.
Cammas Hall Farm
Cammas Hall Farm is now open for 2019! As well as PYO there is lots of local produce up for grabs.
Set in beautiful countryside on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, there is a huge selection of pick your own fruit and veg, plus a fab tea barn, farm shop, nature trail and children’s play area including a large sandpit.
Special Events sometimes run on the weekends so check before visiting.
Parkside Farm has a huge range of fruit and vegetables on offer from strawberries and raspberries to broad beans, courgettes and tomatoes.
They expect the first strawberries to be ready after Thursday 20th June. Broad Beans should follow later in June. Always check what’s available before visiting.
There’s no cafe but there is a shop selling ice cream and cold drinks and picnics are welcome in designated areas.