Rolling landscapes, endless greenery and a beautiful stretch of coastline are just some of the many reasons people choose to spend their holidays in Devon. It’s a fantastic spot to reconnect with nature from the comfort of your quirky abode and there is plenty to see and do come rain or shine in this staycation hotspot that everyone is sure to enjoy. Those looking to make the most of their spectacular surroundings can immerse themselves into the natural environment with a fruit-picking expedition at one of the many farms and attractions that offer it. Not only will this help to persuade reluctant children that eating their five a day does not have to be a chore, but it will also get everyone active outside whilst they learn all about where our food comes from.
Royal Oak Farm, Honiton
Located in the heart of the county, Honiton is a traditional Devonshire town with a small but bustling town centre and rolling hills that stretch out as far as the eye can see. The agriculture community is thriving here and you’ll do well to visit without getting stuck behind a tractor or five. Set amidst the Blackdown Hills, Royal Oak Farm offers you the opportunity to pick your own of whatever is in season, including blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, gooseberries, peas and broad beans. Not only can you be sure that the produce you are collecting is in its prime, but you can also make sure you’re getting the very best of the bunch! There is also a wonderful farm shop selling ready-picked fruit and vegetables, high-quality meat and home-cooked frozen ready meals. The traditional English tea room is a great place to refuel and treat yourself to a Devonshire cream tea, but just remember they like their cream on first around these parts!
Shute Fruit and Produce, Bishopsteignton
Located in a Coastal Preservation Area, owners Lori and David credit the fertile red soil of the stunning Teign estuary for creating such a superb and stand-out flavour to their fruits and vegetables. They describe this as their very own slice of heaven in Devon and love to share all that they grow with both visitors and locals alike. Bar potatoes, everything is available as ‘pick your own’ at this fantastic, family-owned farm. Fill your baskets with raspberries and strawberries, French beans and runner beans, sweet corn and Indian corn and even sunflowers as you enjoy picking what you deem to be the biggest, best and most juicy of the lot. You take your gathering to the shop where it will be measured on a pay-by-weigh model. Here, you can also purchase a wide range of delicious jams, jellies and pickles, all of which are made from the produce from the farm itself. They even run preserve-making courses from time to time, so check their calendar ahead of your visit to see if any of your dates coincide.
Thornes Farm Shop, Crediton
Crediton is an authentic town in mid-Devon, not far away from Exeter. Head over to Thornes Farm Shop early to enjoy a home-cooked full English breakfast, using only local, fresh and high-quality ingredients, which soon becomes apparent as you savour every mouthful. Here, you can sit back and appreciate the excellent views of Dartmoor National Park and decide what types of fruits and vegetables you’d like to pick. Owned by the Thorne family since 1986, the farmers are passionate about making the most of the desirable growing conditions provided by the soil and like to share their crop with both locals and visitors alike. The website will let you know what’s available to pick ahead of your visit and the farm shop, located in the middle of a pick-your-own field, sells any number of delicious delights for you to take home. This fantastic farm also has its own license, so any non-drivers can enjoy a tipple of the locally brewed beers, lagers and ciders or a glass of bubbles.
Oak Tree Gardens, Totnes
Nestled in the heart of the South Hams countryside sits Oak Tree Gardens. It’s just a ten-minute drive from Totnes although you seem a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and high street there. A pioneer in the field of ‘pick-your-own’, Oak Tree was first opened in the late 1960’s where they began shifting unsold produce for 10p per pound to bargain-hunting locals who were happy to gather the crop themselves. After selling out of everything in just three days, they realised they might just be onto something and have opened their doors as a pick-your-own ever since. They recommend calling ahead of your visit to ensure there are enough crops to pick, but chances are there will be a wealth of strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and tay berries for you to choose from.
Pips Pick Your Own, near Plymouth
Set on the outskirts of quiet and peaceful village of Yealmton, this attraction is sure to make a fantastic day out for anyone staying in our abodes near Plymouth. A family-favourite for many, children at Pips Pick Your Own are not only allowed to sample the various fruits as they make their way around the fields, they are actively encouraged to do so! Collect your fill of raspberries, honeyberries, blackberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and whitecurrants before heading back to your glamping abode with a cocktail of fruits! Upon checking out your fruits, check out the honey on sale, made by the farms very own bees. Say hello to the small animals that call this farm home before you go and try and find your way out of the maize maze for a bit of fun before you go.
That concludes our guide to the various farms and attractions that allow you to pick your own fruit and vegetables whilst glamping in Devon. For more inspiration on your holiday to this beautiful region, check out our recent blogs on the area including 5 of the Best Stargazing Spots in Devon and 8 Places to go Wild Swimming in Devon.
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