Sick of supermarket plastic? Go straight to the root with a day of fruit and vegetable picking on these farms in and around London. For obvious lockdown reasons, the pick-your-own season has had a slow start, but many farms have now reopened to visitors, with some restrictions in place to allow for social distancing.
Whether you want to pluck summer-ripe berries, leafy greens and root veg or gather autumnal apples, pumpkins and squashes, these farms all have acres of PYO fields to keep you busy. Not only does a sunny day of fruit picking make a glorious, cobweb-blasting day trip from London, it's also a brilliant way to bump up your green credentials by picking up groceries without all the shrinkwrap and it’ll keep the kids entertained (few a for hours anyway).
REMEMBER: Farms may close when overcrowded in order to adhere to social-distancing rules, so make sure you call ahead when planning your visit. Toilets may not be operational. 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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