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.
Really enjoyed this #pickyourown #strawberries #summerholidays x A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Aug 22, 2015 at 8:59am PDT
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.
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Aug 22, 2015 at 12:34pm PDT
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.