• Sophia Webber

Beautifully British Pick Your Own Farms

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

There are so many reasons that PYO Farms have been hugely popular this year. A focus on looking for local, the search for organic and sustainable grown products, a day out with the Rug Rugs over the Summer months....the list goes on!

The search is over.....The Lifestyle Guide have listed 10 Beautifully British places to pick your plums and cultivate your cucumbers!

1. Garsons Farm

Where? Esher, Surrey

Calendar: Dates to pick!

What’s Available?

Fruit: apples, blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries, gooseberries, plums, raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries

Veg: beetroot, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, courgettes, cucumbers, french beans, marrows, onions, pumpkins, spinach, squash, sweetcorn

Flowers: sunflowers

The large range of fruits and vegetables are available for pick your own from June to October! Simply apply for a pass online and head on over with your friends or family. To make the day out extra special, have a browse of their Garden Centre or nip into their farm shop which is stocked full of local produce. Feeling hungry? Garsons Restaurant serves a very classic breakfast or lunch for you to enjoy!

2. Craigie’s Farm

Where? Edinburgh, Scotland

Calendar: Dates to Pick!

What’s available?

Fruit: apples, blackberries, black currants, cherries, gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants

Veg: broad beans, french beans, peas, pumpkins, runner beans

Flowers: sunflowers

Check out this modern farm experience which has been family run since 1988. Plan a day of family fun by visiting the sheep, pygmy goats and shetland ponies! Take a walk round the nature detective trails, or sit down on the tractor and trailer rides. Finish the day with a well earned meal at the cafe, with picnic boxes for the kids and an afternoon tea or platter for the adults!

3. Durleighmarsh Farm

Where? Petersfield, Hampshire

Calendar: Dates to Pick!

What’s available?

Fruit: strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, tayberries, sunberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, damsons, rhubarb

Veg: asparagus, broad beans, calabrese, carrots, mange tout, peas, spinach, courgette, marrow, runner beans, sweetcorn, squash, pumpkins.

Other: various herbs and flowers

With 100 acres of land, you won’t run out of things to see at Durleighmarsh Farm! The Farm Shop on site is fully stocked of freshly picked produce. Check the website for a detailed crop calendar for what is available at the time of your visit, there’s a huge range of crops available.

4. Crockford Bridge Farm

Where? Addlestone, Surrey

Calendar: Dates to Pick!

What’s available?

Fruit: strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, rhubarb, redcurrants, blackberries, raspberries.

Veg: broad beans, asparagus, beetroot, french beans, courgettes, pumpkins, peas, spinach, carrots, runner beans, marrows, sweetcorn, squashes

Other: christmas trees, honey, sunflowers

Open from April to September, this farm has over 20 different crops of fruit and veg. Outside of the picking season, in October you can attend the pumpkin patch event or the Christmas Tree Cabin from late November! Their passion is to be a fun place to educate children on where their food comes from.

5. The Balloon Tree

Where? Gate Helmsley, Yorkshire

Calendar: Dates to Pick!

What’s available?

Fruit: blueberries, gooseberries, plums, raspberries, redcurrants, whitecurrants, blackcurrants, rhubarb, strawberries

Veg: asparagus, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, courgettes, cucumber, french beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, new potatoes, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, runner beans, spinach, spring onion, sprouts, squash, sweetcorn, tomatoes.

Other: herbs and sunflowers

The Balloon Tree have said that after growing soft fruit for over 20 years, they have managed to get it down to a fine art. The most convenient part of the pick your own is strawberries on table tops! On your visit you will also find a beautifully landscaped cafe garden, that you definitely shouldn’t miss!