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London’s best pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms

Whether you’re after summer-ripe berries or autumnal apples, you can take your pick at these farms in and around London

Written by
Katie McCabe
Alexandra Sims
Rhian Daly

Want to get more involved with your food than just mere peeling, chopping and cooking? Head to a pick-your-own farm in and around London to get as close as you can get to the process without growing your fruit and vegetables yourself. 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.

Heading into the fields and getting picking isn’t just a great day trip (although it definitely is that, too) – it’s also a brilliant way of boosting your sustainability, cutting out all that extra plastic packaging at the supermarket. Plus, you’ll be able to snap a ton of stunning selfies and keep the kids occupied.

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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Pick-your-own farms

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  • Borough of Enfield

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 £3 (plus a 25p booking fee), and remember – no berry poppin’ in the fields. Fuel up afterwards on ice creams, meringues, and cold drinks from the farm shop.

Book a time slot in advance. Check crop availability ahead of your visit on 020 8367 2035 or You’ll find regular updates on Facebook

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  • Borough of Bromley

This 78-acre family-run Orpington farm is a produce lover’s dream, with a whole host of fruits and veggies up for picking. Over the summer months, you can usually pick everything from strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants to spinach, chard and beetroot. Or, hold out until the beginning of autumn when the apples ripen and free tractor rides begin on Sundays.

Check crop availability ahead of your visit on 01959 534666 or

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  • Surrey

Strawberries are a particular speciality at Crockford, which offers ripe fruit from core season in June right up until September. Or delight in broad beans, peas, squashes or asparagus, depending on the season. When you’re done, visit the on-site gelateria for ices made with own-grown fruits. The farm – set in 80 acres in West Surrey – is one of the oldest continually cultivated spots in the county and is mentioned in the ‘Doomsday Book’. Want to get an early stint of produce picking in? Head over in April and May to make the most of the asparagus and rhubarb crops. Again, you’ll need to call ahead to find out what’s ripe. 

Bookings required from June onwards, find out more here. Check opening days and crop availability on Facebook, call 01932 846611 or check

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  • Surrey

The Thompson family have been running this Surrey farm as a pick-your-own for nearly 35 years. You’ll not run out of things to do here – this big operation boasts not just PYO fields but a restaurant, farm shop and garden centre too. Garsons also grows its strawberries table-top, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have your pick of raspberries too. It’s £4 for a Farm Pass to allow access to the PYO farm, which must be booked in advance. There are 155 acres to cover, so come with a plan of attack.

Check crop availability ahead of your visit on 01372 464389 or

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  • Kent

Run by brothers Toby and Max Williams, this 150-acre farm near Dartford in Kent specialises in strawberries and raspberries, which are available to pick in June and July. After then, you'll find courgettes and courgette flowers, plus fields of sunflowers for a beautiful bouquet to take home. In October, pay a visit to the farm's pumpkin patch to snap some Halloween-worthy selfies and grab some gourds. 

No need to pre-book for the PYO season, just turn up. Pumpkin pickers must buy tickets in advance. Check crop availability ahead of your visit on 01322 669711 or

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  • Buckinghamshire

Noisy broods of chickens will greet your arrival at this wholesome soft fruit farm in Buckinghamshire (there’s the odd sheep too, but they mostly keep to themselves). There are raspberries and blackberries aplenty and, towards the end of August, you can go and relieve the gnarly old apple and plum trees of their fruit – and choose from a whopping 18 different varieties. The farm's motto is "Everything we grow, we sell", which includes the honey made by its resident bee colony.

Check crop availability ahead of your visit on 01753 653064 or

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  • Hertfordshire

Better move quick if you want to pick your yield at this Hertfordshire farm – its strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries tend to get snapped up by crowds of quick-fingered visitors. If all goes well, you can pay the £3 minimum to pack your punnet with as many of those July strawbs as you can. If you visit at the right time, you can even pick up a few redcurrants to freeze and save to go with your Christmas feast.

No pre-booking required, but call to check timings and crop availability ahead of your visit on 01727 831224 or visit 

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