Don’t we all love strawberries in summertime. It’s the perfect time to enjoy fresh strawberries, make recipes from scratch, like fruit tart and Eton Mess. I live in Southgate in North London, we have a small pick-your-own farm close by in Enfield where I used to go there with friends and family.
Autumn is just around the corner, while it is of course breezy, humid, cloudy and sunny at times, there are so many reasons to enjoy the last bit of summer and using the time wisely, before my next travel adventures roll in on September. So last month, we visited Garsons Farm in Surrey to check out what was growing. It is the largest sustainable Pick-Your-Own Farm in the UK, the farm boasts an award-winning garden centre and farm shop with a wide variety of quality plants, and spectacular views of the pick-your-own farm from freshly ripe strawberries, raspberries, apples, to vegetables such as courgettes, marrows, runner beans, potatoes and the like. All organic, and they use organic manures, and biological pest control methods on the 155 acre pick-your-own farm.
My love for floral print has never left me, as I’m getting older turning a new age, my style has changed dramatically, a little conservative but lazier. My niece B has certainly picked up a few styling tips and her love of bold print from me. NEXT kindly sent us some pieces to wear for the family outing. I have to say, B was so obsessed with her colourful outfit and refused to remove her jacket when it got warmer later in the afternoon, we had to bribe her with a snack.
Strawberries are the obvious popular choice for fruit picking, also brings back wonderful childhood memories. I can still remember picking those juicy red gems on summer holidays, they were so delicious, sweet, and fresh too.
We didn’t come just for the strawberries, we picked quite a handful of potatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, courgettes, and broad beans, for dinner later. B loved mucking about in her wellies and not afraid to get her hands covered in soil, all thanks to her early training in helping her mum out in the back garden.
We had such a lovely time at Garsons Farm. We loved all the excitement that it brought to me and my family, particularly our little terror, it was her first fruit picking experience, watching her waddle around in the fields like a penguin, picking and touching something she never seen before, it was pretty funny. Not only this was a fun family day out but made it a very valuable, insightful and educational experience, also give us an appreciation for where our food comes from and how we can reduce food waste.
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend everyone!
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