With the summer holidays in full flow, if you’re looking for a great kids’ day out, I can highly recommend Pick Your Own. We visited Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire and it was absolutely fantastic.
If you’ve never been to Pick Your Own before (and can you believe it? I hadn’t!), it’s exactly that. You head out into the fields of a working farm and help yourself to their freshly grown produce, which you then pay for by the kilo at the end of the day.
There are so many wonderful benefits to picking your own fruit and vegetables including, to name but a few:
- Children learn where fruit and veg come from and get to experience the different ways that they are grown – on trees, in the ground, on hedges etc.
- Fussy eaters may just be tempted to try a little raspberry, or get involved with making a recipe from their pickings at home later on.
- The produce is seasonal and local. This means they have a higher nutritional value than fruit and veg grown out of season (strawberries in December??) and there are no food miles here.
- You might try out some produce that you’ve never tried before, or include them in a new recipe.
- It’s a really fun day out that includes some education, healthy eating and being outdoors all day (we were very lucky with the weather)
What was lovely about Petersley Manor Farm, was the huge variety of fruit and veg on offer, and the beautiful setting. There is also a lovely cafe in a yurt and a great farm shop where you can buy some of the fresh produce, as well the usual chutneys and artisan crackers! The day we went we could choose from:
- French beans
- Broad beans
- Red Chard
- …And more!
We came away with full punnets of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, beetroot, carrots, peas and beans. And this is how we ate them all:
A wonderful selection of berries with our family breakfast, served with yoghurt, seeds and home-made granola. The children helped themselves to everything and took great pleasure in savouring their own pickings.
- A fresh juice made with carrots, beetroot, ginger and apple (the kids weren’t so keen on this)
- A gluten free blackberry crumble which my 7 year old took great care in making almost entirely by himself.
- Buttery green beans with supper
- Fresh peas in lunchboxes and picnics
- Fresh grated golden beetroot in a salad with mackerel, watercress and cherry tomatoes.
So, if you are still looking for some things to do with the kids this summer, then try a day at a Pick Your Own. You won’t regret it!