Ahhh, June. It’s that time of the year where I have to celebrate both my husband and my mum’s birthdays, the weather gets warmer and Wimbledon Tennis begins… Which can only mean one thing… British Strawberries are in season! I love strawberries and so it happens, does my son. Which is why when it comes to pick your own farms, we really enjoy a day out in the sunshine and picking our own fruit.
Pick Your Own at Crockford Bridge Farm
With the promise of lots of strawberries and Eton mess, we headed to Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone, Surrey, which is open throughout the whole year and has, dependent on what is in season, 20 different vegetable and fruit crops available for picking. For instance, during October you can get your own pumpkins, but rhubarb, gooseberries and spinach alongside the strawberries were ready to be picked.
Head to the Pick Your Own Farm Hut…
It’s a fairly simple process. You go to the PYO hut, choose the container size you wish to stuff full and head into the fields. As we were passing people laden with the most succulent, red, berries, Monkey became more and more excited – even attempting to pick squashed ones off the floor.
We had so much fun trying to find the biggest strawberries, and by heck, were there big ‘uns. We never felt crowded the whole time we were picking and there was certainly plenty for everyone. Hubby decided that it was imperative that we fill our huge container to the brim. Monkey also took great delight in helping/eating. I did try to stop him, but he only had a few…
Once we were done, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with so many, as we headed back to the car to drop them off, before going to a little playground, where several families had pitched up for a picnic. We brought some delicious treats from the ice cream hut, which was doing a roaring trade, and enjoyed eating them in the sunshine.
Crockford Bridge Farm Shop
Later, we headed to the farm shop which had my eyes on stalks, as there were so much gorgeous produce and yummy goods on offer. This time, it was I who had to be dragged away… into the garden centre. Which, as some of you know, is now one of my favourite places to hang out in. I was delighted to browse a new one – while Monkey enjoyed finding the scarecrows and playing in the little soft play room attached.
All in all a great day out and a great way for Monkey to understand where some of his food actually comes from. Plus, for nearly a whole basket worth of fresh strawberries for under a tenner, we couldn’t really grumble at the price!
Things To know Before visiting Crockford Bridge Farm
• Check their website from the Pick Your Own season begining in May, to see what fruit and vegetables are ready for picking. For instance, summer is great for strawberries while October is the season for pumpkins and squash. They also sell Christmas trees in winter.
• There is free parking, adjacent to the Crockford Bridge Farm Garden Centre
• Fruit is paid for by weight – and prices are clearly displayed at the entrance
• There are plenty of refreshments available from Tea Shack and Ice cream parlour
• Crockford Bridge Farm address is: New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU