Encourage picky eaters to eat more fruit by letting them pick their own
Fruit picking is something that can be done throughout all the seasons depending on which fruit is your favourite. It is a great activity to entertain the kids and it ensures your fridge is stocked full of delicious fresh produce for days to come.
London has plenty of excellent pick your own farms only a short drive or public transport trip away. Whether its apples, raspberries or even gooseberries, fruit picking is a fun day for the whole family. Just be sure to check each farm for picking season and hours before visiting.
Garsons Pick Your Own Farm has over 28 crops of fruit and vegetables grown and the picking season lasts from June until October. There are designated picnic areas for you to gorge on the produce you have picked and paid for.
Located at Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS. See here for directions on how to get there.
Hewitts Farm is a family run business and with both pick your own crops, as well as a farm shop open throughout the year. Fruits and vegetables to pick include strawberries, gooseberries and even spinach.
Located at Court Road, A224,Orpington, Kent,BR6 9BX. See here for directions on how to get there.
Parkside Farms grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetable crops that you can pick your own. This includes strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and lots of vegetables. It is also a great place if you have a bad back as the strawberries grown include 'table top' strawberries which means you can pick without bending over.
Located at Hadley Road, Enfield, Middlesex
EN2 8LA. See here for directions on how to get there.
Stanhill Farm is a family run farm that is open all year round. It has a seasonal Pick Your Own, Maize Maze and Pumpkin Patch. It is a wonderful place for families to enjoy a day in the outdoors getting lost in the maze and gorging on fresh berries.
Located at Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7HD. See here for directions on how to get there.
If you are yet to experience pick your own, make sure you arrive prepared. Here are some helpful tips to make your fruit picking experience more enjoyable:
- Dress prepared. Pack some wellies as farms can get wet and muddy, and wear clothes that are susceptible to fruit splatters.
- Pick twice as much fruit as you need as most venues have a strict no eating in the patch rule.
- Give your fruit a good wash at the washing station before tucking into the produce.
- Bring along a container and a sunny disposition.
What other pick your own venues have you visited? Please let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!
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