It's been a glorious summer so far hasn't it? There's been almost a 'Darling Buds of May' feel about it, with endless sunshine, warmth, light nights.... Plus the adorable opportunity of alfresco dining with nature's soundtrack of birdsong in the background as dusk falls, whether that be in the garden or in a country pub - love it! It's things like this that get me through when it's wet and soggy in November and I remember these moments knowing that they'll return again the following year.
And what could be more 'Darling Buds of May' than fruit picking? That wonderful feeling of parking up in a field, punnet in hand, the sun beaming down as you rummage in the strawberry plants to find the ripe red jewels.... Although it's not quite a blink-and-you-miss-it season, it still is only for a short time so you have to time it right and especially so if weekends are your only opportunity to go. A lot of fruit farms have a variety of produce so if you miss the strawberry season, there will be plenty of other things to choose from and often things you can't find on the High Street such as loganberries or tayberries.
There's something satisfying about PYO (pick your own), brings out a little hunter-gatherer spirit in me and it also brings back a lot of pleasant memories of travelling to the farms in Evesham as child and picking different fruit - strawberries in the main.
|Orchards in Pershore College|
I suppose why I'm writing this is because after a visit to the Confetti Fields in Wick last week, I visited Pershore College en route home as they had a big PYO sign outside. I was totally amazed that this hidden gem had such a large orchard and berry plants and also, I had no idea that it was a horticultural centre/college. So many fruits to choose from, but we kept it traditional and chose strawberries. The taste was so sweet and 'real' - so much better than shop bought ones if I'm honest. Just reinforces how the taste of something can vary depending on how it is made or grown.
|Strawberry Plants at Pershore College|
My little visit has definitely ignited a passion to visit more fruit farms this summer and beyond. Supporting a local business, picking what you want (and how much you want) and having some time out to do something calming & fun - it's win-win!