11th July 2019

Go Berry Picking this Summer!

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Berry Picking season is finally here! Every summer farms open their gates, giving us the chance to go and forage for our own berries. While hunting around for wild berries is always fun, there’s something about picking berries that were grown with care, that makes it all the more special. Here are some of our favourite picks.

Parkside Farm

What to pick: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants.

Located in Enfield, Parkside Farm is one of the few PYO farms that are easy to get to for Londoners. They are well known for the Table-Top Strawberries, which means the strawberries are grown in a system that roughly head-height, so no doing your back in!

Source: Parkside Farm

Source: Crockford Bridge Farm

Crockford Bridge Farm

What to pick: Rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, blackberries — and plenty of veg too.

Found just within the M25 in Weybridge, Crockford Bridge Farm is a great place to go with kids and has been featured in Made In Chelsea, The Apprentice and The One Show.

With a tea shop, ice-cream parlour and farm shop, this is definitely bound to be a great day out.

Roundstone Farm

What to pick: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, plums, Victoria plums, rhubarb, and plenty of vegetables too.

If you fancy a trip to the seaside, visit Roundstone Farm, not far from Worthing, where they claim to have the largest selection of PYO fruits in the south of England.

Source: Roundstone Farm

Source: Lathcoats Farm

Lathcoats Farm

What to pick: Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, cherries, plums, blackberries, boysenberries.

Visit the fields of Lathcoats Farm in Chelmsford, where they have a nice selection of berries.

Have some tea and cake in the Bee Shed Coffee House, which is located in a barn used for beekeeping. Don’t forget to say to the goats and donkeys on your way out!

After feasting on all your picked berries, if you have some left there are many things one can do.

Why not try your hand at making some home-made jams? Or how about some refreshingly healthy smoothies? Make some berry compote, and dollop some on top of pancakes or even puddings. Great creative with your berries and see what you can cook up.

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