May is here — we can officially start the count-down to Summer (which I have been doing since 1st Jan but now the goal is in sight!). With May comes the start of some of my favourite Summer activities (eating outside, picnics, French cricket, boules, paddling in pools to name but a few). The best of these has to be ‘picking your own’. The very brilliant Garsons Farm in Esher (Surrey) opens up for ‘pick your own’ this month and the season continues until October. Over the next 6 months there will be 42 different crops, in a total of 106 different varieties, available for picking. Whether you are in the mood for gooseberries or cucumbers, cherries or cabbages, Garsons can accommodate (seasonally dependent of course). It is such a fun day out — all the kids getting their own punnets and picking which crop to collect… with the occasional cheeky fruit ’scrumped’ (picked and eaten) on the way round the fields.
Once you have ‘picked your own’, there is a great farm-shop to stop off at on the way home to top up your supper-menu with a cheeses, meats, fish and bread.
Garsons have plenty of additional activities on throughout the Summer to entertain families — the make-your-own-scarecrow competition (which go on display in July), a chance to watch the heavy horses pulling the fields the old-fashioned way, an exhibition of vintage tractors (we will definitely be going along to this!), a food fair and a birds of prey display.
Esher is just over 20mins from London Waterloo (and the farm is a short taxi ride from the station or a 40min walk).
To find a pick-your-own farm near you in the UK, try this helpful site.