One for the car-less Londoner (isn’t that 99 percent of us?!), this Enfield farm is in easy-ish reach of the city. Walk for 25 minutes when you get to Gordon Hill station and you’ll find this bit of green belt growing 20 different crops across its 50 acres. Strawberries are grown using a ‘table top’ system, so you don’t have to bend ’n’ pick like a sucker. Crops can be changeable, so always call ahead. Minimum spend is £4, and remember – no berry poppin’ in the fields. Fuel up afterwards on ice creams, meringues, and cold drinks from the farm shop.
Tired of bland, plastic-wrapped supermarket produce? Go straight to the root with a day of fruit and vegetable picking on these pick-your-own farms in and around London. Core picking season is May to August, but the produce available depends on the season. Go along in June to fill a punnet with gleaming strawberries, delight in sunflowers in August, or gather autumnal apples, pumpkins and squashes in September – the choice is yours! London is surrounded by farms with acres of PYO fields to keep you busy all summer.
Not only does a sunny day of fruit picking make a glorious, cobweb-blasting day trip, it's also a brilliant way to bump up your green credentials by picking up groceries without all the shrinkwrap. It'll make for gorge selfies, if you're into that kind of thing. Plus, it's a fun way to keep the kids entertained outdoors.
REMEMBER: Check the farm’s website beforehand to find out what produce is available, as crop seasons change from year to year. And no eating while you pick. Keep all your juicy finds in their punnets for weighing up.
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