We have not taken the boys fruit picking before but I can’t quite believe how much they enjoyed it. We went to Court Farm and Leisure (Tillington, Hereford) and the choice was vast, plenty of fruit and vegetables in season, lots of space to race around in and even animals to feed (bags of food are 50p). I really cannot recommend this place highly enough, as a first introduction to fruit picking we could not have (by chance) picked a better place, we were just trying to find a natural break on a rather long car journey and fortunately Court Farm happened to be in the area.
Some PYO (pick your own) locations have very limited operating hours, but this spacious farm was open until 5:30pm. It was tough deciding where to start first simply because we were spoilt with choice, with apples, cooking apples, strawberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and rhubarb just to cover the fruit section! My eldest was most excited about digging his own carrots, but sadly the tool that is available for you to use in this section had been removed and not returned so despite a sterling effort trying to dig in the hard mud with his fingers we admitted defeat!
I would say wear decent footwear though; my glittery sandals did not provide much protection against the odd prickly plants! Those that had obviously been before came equipped with their own containers, but you can buy them there thankfully. A big plastic tub was £1 and a smaller punnet was 50p, plastic bags were free and these were useful for the likes of onion and corn.
It was such a wholesome activity and one I was pleased to tick off from our summer wish list. We will definitely be making it a regular thing, the boys were thoroughly entertained, they were out in the fresh air AND you only pay for what you pick. Such a simple but surprisingly enjoyable afternoon that cost very little indeed! It has also helped the boys understand more about food and where it comes from. Best of all it actually motivated them to eat more fruit and vegetables; because they had helped to collect them they seemed keener to sample them once we arrived home.