Summer represents many things; longer evenings, sun-kissed skin, delicious barbequed food and days spent at the beach. The warmer weather also signifies the beginning of the fruit and vegetable season here in the UK. A time of year when shopping baskets become laden with the delicacies of the season, berries bursting with vibrant colours, sweet apples, juicy pears and a mouth-watering variety of nutrient-rich veg are available. Whether you usually shop at a supermarket or get your produce from the local farm shop, the novelty and enjoyment gained from ‘picking your own’ is one that will ensure smiles across the faces of those both young and old.
Hooton’s Homegrown, Anglesey
At Hooton’s Farm, they aim to ‘work in food metres, not miles’, and when you get the chance to sample some of their fresh produce, you can appreciate the benefits that this approach has. With a farm shop selling an array of tempting treats and an on-site café, the foodie indulgences don’t have to end with the pick your own! The fruits available to pick varies throughout the season, to name a few, you could fill your baskets with strawberries, gooseberries, red currants, rhubarb and more! Keep an eye on their social media channels, where they regularly update with which fruits are available to pick at the time (usually this depends on ripeness!).
Bellis Brothers, Wrexham
After planting the first strawberries in 1860, the Bellis family opened their farm gates and invited the public to pick their own just seven years later. Since then, filling trays and gorging on the wonderful fruit and veg available has become a highlight of the year for visitors and residents alike. There’s a variety of crops available, from redcurrants and gooseberries to raspberries and rhubarb. While you’re there, you can also add a splash of green to your plates too, with the fresh and crisp peas and broad beans. If you’re keen to taste the delights of the farm but don’t have the time to pick them yourself, you can get your hands on a variety of the produce in the farm shop.
Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Flintshire
During the warm summer months, Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is brought to life, with people, events, workshops and an array of fun things to do for all of the family. It’s a one-stop shop for a fantastic day out; you could be putting those nimble fingers to work while picking your own in the morning, then heading along one of the nature trails in the afternoon. Depending on which time of year you visit, will depend on what goodies you get to gorge on. Earlier on in the season, you can expect gooseberries and currents, while later on, delicious plums and heritage apples and pears.
For almost 40 years, visitors have been able to pick their own soft fruits at Hendrewennol. Surrounded by the stunning Welsh countryside, the farm is a relaxing place to be, while being well-prepared for the younger audience, with a large sand pit, willow domes and plenty of space for them to let off some of their extra energy! Here, you can find a wide range of deliciousness; strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries and more! Head to the café after, for a well-earned ice cream or light lunch!
Aberbran Fawr Farm
Found just a short drive out of the picturesque town of Brecon, is Aberbran Fawr Farm. The setting of the pick your own is simply stunning, and the undisrupted countryside views create the perfect backdrop for your fruit forage. You have the choice of what to pick, with gooseberries, blackcurrants, broad beans, strawberries and more. In the farm shop, there are homemade jams and local honey, as well as tea, coffee and cakes.
Are you planning on heading into the fields to collect your own fruits this summer? This alternative day out could be a fantastic activity during your Wales glamping trip! If you are, do keep an eye on the farms’ websites and social media channels, or call ahead to avoid disappointment! With pickers aplenty, there are occasions where the farms are eagerly anticipating the ripened fruits, and during this time, there may not be alternative berries to collect.