Les Vergers de Champlain
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Strawberry fields certainly aren’t forever in central Paris where the only fruit and veg you see (aside from wilting tomato plants and toasted rosemary on people’s balconies) are served in crates on market stands. Luckily the Île de France has a surprising number of farms where you can pick your own rustic delights, including the Vergers de Champlain farm in La Queue-en-Brie (23km south-east of Paris), which rotates over 40 different types of fruit and vegetables according to the season. Carry your cutters for fresh apples and pears, flaunt your trowel in the lettuces and potato sections, and grab some gherkins for pickling when you get home. There are even areas where you can pick your own flowers: gladioli, lilies and a mix of wild flora.
If it all sounds like backbreaking work, the boutique is on hand with readymade baskets. Or get it all delivered to your door (www.vergersdechamplain.com; order before Wednesday evening for Friday delivery).