Picking Tips

Wednesday 20th June - the Pick Your Own continues. Open today from 9 to 5

We have strawberries at £4.99/kg

and redcurrants at £3.99/kg

Gooseberries are finished

Other crops to follow

Please note that availability can change from day to day and we may not be open every day. For this reason we recommend that you get up to date information that we are open before travelling. You can hear a recorded message that is updated daily by calling 01245 353021 option 3.

You can also keep in touch by signing up to our email alerts at the top right of every page on our website, if viewing on a PC or Mac, or, if viewing on your phone scroll to the bottom - we will send out an email to all subscribers as soon as there is any new PYO information. We will also keep you in touch with other farm events. We won't share your details with anyone else and you can unsubscribe whenever you want.

 

A note about parking.

If you came at peak times last year you will know that the car park can get completely full. If this happens this year we will be opening the gate on the other side of the road, opposite the entrace to the farm yard, and will direct cars into the orchard. The track you will drive on is one way. Please just follow the signs to parking - you will come to a field, just after making a 90 degree turn to the right, where you can park. Then you will need to walk back up the track, cross the road (with care!) and walk into the pick your own.

Please drive slowly on the track looking out for children and pedestrians.

When you drive out, keep following the track and, at the end, turn right onto the lane, this will bring you back to Beehive Lane.

 

Pick only ripe fruit!

Ripe fruit tastes much better than half-ripe fruit. Generally un-ripe or half ripe fruit will not ripen satisfactorily once it has been picked. Strawberries should be red rather than orange.

Similarly raspberries should be deep red rather than pink. Blackcurrants should be fully black with no green on them. Blackberries should be fully black with no red on them.

Cherries should be a deep red colour and the flesh should look plump. Plums should be well coloured and be starting to slightly soften.


Handle the fruit carefully!

Correct picking technique will ensure your fruit is undamaged and will greatly increase its shelf-life. Strawberries are particularly vulnerable to damage.

When picking strawberries do NOT grip the berry with the finger-tips, instead gently support the berry in the palm of your hand while pinching the stalk between your thumb and forefinger.

If your thumb nail is sharp enough you can cut the stalk with it, if it is not avoid pulling on the stalk as this will probably pull off a whole bunch of unripe fruit.

In this case hold the stalk between thumb and forefinger of one hand while breaking it with the thumb and forefinger of the other hand.

Leave the stalks on the berries until just before serving as removing them will inevitably bruise the fruit and it will start to go mushy very quickly. Cherries should also be picked by the stalks and the stalks left on. Take care not to break any woody spurs off with the stalks as this will reduce the crop next year.


Containers

Feel free to bring your own containers to save you money and avoid waste but please ask us to weigh them before you start to pick. This will allow us to calculate the amount to be deducted from the price for the weight of the container. If you prefer we can sell you containers at the checkout.

These are very sturdy and are able to be used again and again.

Tea at the Bee

Enjoy a delicious farmhouse style afternoon tea at the Bee Shed, served Monday-Sunday from 2.30-3.30pm.

(Not available during Pick Your Own season)