Picking Your Own: a Suffolk Must

Written by MiriamSpall on Monday, June 15, 2015 - 09:07

"Pick your own" is a cheap and fun way to entertain the kids and the whole family! For the little ones, is the thrill of picking their own fruit straight from the plant, and for us grown ups, the enjoyment of making homemade ice creams, cakes and jam. You can't beat the taste of fresh picked fruit! Strawberry season in Suffolk starts, depending on the weather, either at the end of May or June. We asked Goslings Farm about their "PYO experience" and they had a few words of advice:

What are your tips on picking the best strawberries?

Check they are ripe and red all the way round, Strawberries ripen nearest the sun/light first, and  they have more flavour and sweetness when they are ripe. Also at our PYO, everyone picks the 1st plant they come to!!, so it’s best to go to the other end and the outside rows for the best strawberries!! Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries DO NOT continue to ripen after they are picked! In the photo, only the berry on the far right is completely ripe.

Why would you recommend "pick your own" rather than buying them in supermarkets?

There are many reasons to pick your own rather than just buying them from the shelves.

  • Freshness, tastiness and flavour. You can’t get better than picking it yourself.
  • Knowing where your food comes from. Today too many people think it comes from a carton or made in a factory; if you come to the farm you can see the fruit and vegetables growing and learn about how they grow.
  • Zero food miles. With PYO you know they haven’t traveled around the world or been transported miles in lorries around the country.
  • It’s fun! As we grow our strawberries on “tables”, it’s great for all the family whether old or young, as there is no bending down.

Alder Carr Farm in Ipswich - We are very sorry, but, Alder Carr Farm no longer has pick your own fields available to the public. We have lots of fresh fruit available in the farm shop.

  • What else can I do here? There are animals on the farm that the kids will love to look at and a small nature trail. There's also a cafe to relax and a farm shop selling local produce. 
  • How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced at the end.
  • Where? Alder Carr Farm, Creeting St. Mary, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8LX. Tel. 01449 723359. Facebook.
 

Goslings Farm Shop & Garden Centre

  • Which fruits can I pick here? Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, redcurrants.
  • When? Strawberry picking season starts end of May/beginning of June and will run to mid-September. Raspberries are ready around the end of June to mid-September. The others are mainly July/August.
  • What else can I do here? There is café, a farm shop with a wide range of locally grown and locally made produce, and a garden centre.
  • How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced up at the end.
  • Where? Goslings Farm Shop, High Road, Trimley St.Martin, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 0SG. Tel. 01394 273361. 

  

Friday Street Farm Shop & Tearooms

  • Which fruits can I pick here? Strawberries.
  • When? Mid June until late August.
  • What else can I do here? There is a café and restaurant, and a farm shop.
  • How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced up at the end.
  • Where? Friday Street, Farnham, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1JX Tel. 01449 723359. Facebook.

Wheldons Fruit Farm -  The Farm Store and Cafe are now closed Thank you to all our lovely customers for the support over the years. We will miss you.

High House Fruit Farm

  • Which fruits can I pick here? This is only a guide. Harvest times vary each year depending on the weather, so please phone  to check availability.

 - Rhubarb: March to May  - Asparagus: May to mid-June  - Gooseberries: June to mid-July  - Loganberries: July to mid-Aug  - Cherries: early to late July  - Redcurrants: early July to mid-Aug  - Whitecurrants: mid-July to mid-Aug  - Blackcurrants: late July to late Aug  - Blackberries: late July to mid-Sept  - Apricots: early to late Aug  - Plums: late Aug to mid-Sept  - Apples: mid-Aug to Feb/Mar

  • What else can I do here? There is a farm shop with a wide range of locally grown and locally made produce.
  • How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced up at the end.
  • Where? High House Fruit Farm, Sudbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2BL. Tel. 01394 450450. Facebook.

Tips for Picking Your Own in Suffolk:

  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a bag; the berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
  • Bring your own container. Farm shops can provide you with one but will possibly charge you.
  • Go in the morning to give you the chance to pick the best strawberries.
  • Grow your own! Plants can be planted outdoors from late June until September. "Grow your own strawberries"

     

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MiriamSpall
Director
Where To Take Our Children