I never realised how relaxing picking your own fruit would be. Now I can safely say, I would pick raspberries forever if I could.
Having made a plan months ago to go fruit picking over the summer, my sisters and I took a day off from work, gathered up my tiny nephew and set off for the fields of fruit.
As luck would have it, it chucked it down with rain while we had lunch in Prezzo (hello carbs, love you) but cleared up by the time we got back to the car and were on our way to Parkside Pick Your Own (PYO) farm.
Grabbing a small trolley, my nephew took over steering it, or attempting to, as we found the strawberries first. It was busy but with so many rows and rows of fruit, you wouldn’t even notice the crowds of people.
You walk into the farm thinking it might be a small few plots of each fruit but they really are endless. It’s is so easy to get lost in the maze of green. I never expected to find as many plump and ripe berries as we did, and they do go quick!
You're free to pluck as many pieces of fruit as you may wish to pay for. Raspberries are by far, the most satsifying and easiest to pick. We may have got a tiny bit carried away with those ones.
But in our defence, we had a BBQ with 15 people coming the next day. Plus, who would say no to left over berries? Hello smoothies!
Top tips? Go for the strawberries underneath the leaves. Everyone goes for the obvious spots and misses these ones! As for raspberries, reach higher for those ripe ones. Being tall definitely has its perks when it comes to berry picking!
If you’ve got a PYO farm near you, go and have a lazy wander in the sunshine. Pick some fruit, soak in the sun and then have a good ol’ picnic or BBQ with some cream and your freshly picked berries!
Have you been fruit picking this summer?