I love the idea of growing my own fruit and veg. I remember my parents used to have a patch at the bottom of the garden where they would grow various vegetables and rhubarb. While we do have space in the garden to grow some of our own, our space is obviously limited. However, if you like the sound of being able to pick your own fruit and veg straight from the ground, there are a few places you can go to do just that!
We have visited Brocksbushes Farm on a number of occasions now and it is an absolutely fantastic day out in the summer months. They have fields full of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, plums and more that you can pick straight from the ground. It is also a bargain day out for the whole family, at only £1 per person for entry and a £1 deposit for each basket. You can fill your basket with as much fruit as you like, I piled mine high as I was looking for yummy berries to add to a homemade pavlova (as you can see below), and you’ll be surprised how little it costs.
As well as the fruit fields they also have a lovely little farm shop which sells a wide selection of fresh produce (you’ll want to try it all) and a tea room which sells delicious cakes and lunches. They even have a licence to sell beer and wines, so you can treat yourself to a well earned drink after an afternoon of fruit picking!
This place is perfect for both adults and children. My niece and nephew loved spending the day picking strawberries and I think it made them enjoy eating them all the more because they had picked them themselves.
If you haven’t been to a PYO farm yet, I would highly recommend taking a trip to one while the weather is warm and sunny. It’s a perfect day outdoors.
Other PYO Farms to try –
Brockwell Farm – Lanchester
FW Elgey – Darlington
Oxford Farm Shop and Tea Room – Berwick
Harewood Bridge Pick Your Own – Harewood, Leeds
The Balloon Tree Farm Shop & Cafe – Helmsley, York
Hutton Bonville Fruit Farm – Northallerton
Bluebell Farm PYO – Askham Bryan, York