Pick your own
STRAWBERRIES • RASPBERRIES • BLACK CURRANTS • GOOSEBERRIES • POTATOES • COURGETTES • RUNNER BEANS • SWEETCORN • SPINACH • ASPARAGUS • BEETROOT
Strawberries have always been our specialty – beautiful, succulent and available throughout the summer season. Baskets (punnets) are provided and you simply pick them fresh from our waist height table tops – there’s no bending which makes it is so much easier for everyone although our very first strawberries of the season are lower down for frost protection.
We are now following the practice of many other Pick Your Owns and asking for a small redeemable prepayment.
How it works
A redeemable prepayment deposit is required to enter the picking area. After you’ve picked your fruit, you then return to the shop where we weigh your punnets and work out the price, deducting your pre-payment.
If however you pick less than the deposit then unfortunately it cannot be refunded – but we’ve tried our best to make sure it’s very rare that this happens – usually the deposit works out at about the same amount as a small punnet you’d buy in a supermarket, so that no-one’s out of pocket.
Just make sure you hang on to your prepayment receipt!
Raspberries and soft fruits
As well as strawberries, we also grow delicious raspberries, gooseberries and sweet blackcurrants. Come late August and you can also help yourself to blackberries from our hedgerows FREE OF CHARGE!
Tips for picking Strawberries
- Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for picking.
- Select firm, fully red berries. A little white is perfectly OK as the flavour tends to be a bit sharper and will last longer in the fridge.
- Grasp the stem just above the berry and sever the stem with pressure from your thumbnail. Pull with a slight twisting motion.
- Strawberries will keep refrigerated for about 3-4 days.
- Strawberries are excellent to freeze – wash if you wish, cut off the stems and green tops, quarter and freeze. They should keep for about 2-3 months although they may lose their shape once defrosted.
Tips for picking Raspberries
- Gently grasp the berry with your fingers and thumb, and tug gently.
- If it is ripe, it will easily come off in your hand, leaving the centre part attached to the stem.
- Be careful to avoid pulling off the fruit with the stems which can easily destroy the plant! Please keep an eye on your little ones!
- Raspberries freeze well and keep both flavour and shape.
We have a great variety of ‘pick your own’ seasonal spring, summer and autumn vegetables. These include potatoes, courgettes, runner beans, dwarf French beans, green beans, sweetcorn, spinach and beetroot. Asparagus (until late June) and rhubarb are supplied ready picked and you will find them at the Farm Store.