Nothing says summer like picking your own farm-fresh fruit. All around London, PYO farms offer everything from strawberries to sweetcorn, beetroot to broccoli, French beans to Swiss chard. Bring the kids to eat local and support local farms. Before you go, be sure to check the website for both opening hours and available pickings.
Copas Farms, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9EE; and Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0LU
Copas Farms offers not one but two sites and is open daily except Mondays from 10 to 5 (till 6pm Tuesday through Thursday at Iver). Stock up on your strawberries, raspberries, peas in the pod and broad beans as well as many other crops; the website lists what’s currently available. In the shop, you’ll find local rapeseed oil, apple juice, ice cream and more.
Crockford Bridge Farm Shop and Pick Your Own, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2BU
Close to Weybridge and open daily (weekdays from 10 to 6, Saturdays from 9 to 6, Sundays from 10 to 4:30, with the last PYO entry a half hour before closing), Crockford Bridge offers strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, carrots, sweetcorn and more. To top it off, they’ve got an ice cream parlour too. At press time, their website was undergoing a revamp, so you may need to check their Facebook page.
Flower Farm Shop, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8BP
Fresh farm produce is available in the shop seven days a week, with pick your own running from 9 to 5pm. The current crop is raspberries, with blackberries up next (ring 01883743636 to check the most up-to-date availability). You’ll also find a traditional butcher’s shop, a deli counter, a tea room and ale brewed in their farm brewery by the Godstone Brewers.
Garsons, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
The UK’s largest PYO farm, Garson’s conveniently maps out their current offerings, showing what’s available to pick and where. Beetroot and broccoli, blackcurrants and redcurrants, dahlias and sunflowers—check out their crop calendar for all that’s on and upcoming as well. They’re open Monday to Saturday from 9 to 6 and on Sunday from 9 to 5, with the last entry 15 minutes before closing.
Grays Farm, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AN
Closed on Sundays but open 9 to 6 on other days, Grays Farm’s PYO is open until October and you can get your strawberries, black and red currants, new potatoes, cauliflower, runner beans, parsley, courgettes and more. There’s a farm shop, too.
Hewitts Farm, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9BX
Plums and peas, swiss chard and spinach, cabbage and courgettes—all these and more are available to pick seven days a week, from 9 to 5:30 (last entry at 5pm). You can also pick up honey, free-range eggs, bedding plants, logs and kindling and such in the farm shop.
Home Cottage Farm, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0BB
Just outside the M25, this farm grows everything it sells, mostly soft fruits and apples. In various months (summer through October or November), you can choose from 18 varieties of apple and pear, with plums, raspberries, blackberries plus honey available now. Opening hours are Saturday from 11 to 5, and Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 5pm.
Parkside Farm, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 8LA
Crops here include ‘table-top’ strawberries—no bending required!—plus sweetcorn, raspberries and blackberries. Veg on offer is spinach, Swiss chard, courgettes, green onions, beetroot and French beans. The shop sells, among other things, ice cream, meringues and chocolate dipping sauce. Current opening times are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 5:30 and Sunday from 9 to 5pm, with the last entry an hour before closing. Opening days and times can vary, so do check the website.
Stanhill Farm, Wilmington, Kent, DA2 7HD
Stanhill Farm offers berries, beans, sweetcorn and more—and there’s even a ‘Millennium Falcon’ maize maze. They’re open daily from 9 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sundays and bank holidays, with the last PYO entry 45 minutes before closing. Check the website to see what’s available, and come back for pumpkins October half-term.