Sunday, 5 July 2015

pick your own

We went strawberry picking yesterday at Eastfield Farm in Doncaster.
This is the first time we've ever been to a PYO fruit farm and we were
very excited.

As soon as we got there we got some baskets and headed out to the fields where rows and rows of ripe and sweet strawberries were waiting
to be picked. 

It didn't take us very long to start filling our baskets. Strawberry
picking is so easy and there was so much fruit in every plant. They're
not very obvious at first. I only got glimpses of red here and there as
we walked between the plants.

Then you push aside the leaves and underneath all that green
are the red berries and they are just perfection-- juicy, soft and so
sweet. Freshly picked strawberries taste SO much better than store
bought ones. Definitely.

The girls had a great time. Markie enjoyed picking with us while Lulu
was less serious about it. She picked some but mostly she walked up
and down amongst the plants carrying her almost empty basket and
chattered to us.

We filled up two baskets and we were very pleased with our haul.

Before heading back we stopped at the farm cafe for ice cream
and cream tea. All that work got us hungry, thirsty and a little hot 
and these were just perfect.

Of course as soon as we got home we realized that two baskets of
strawberries is a lot! We certainly got a bit greedy there. But no worries
because we've already turned one basketful into sorbet and granita
and there are plans for a crumble and other desserts. We're also giving
some to friends. We've got a strawberry-tastic week ahead of us!

How about you? Do you like picking your own fruit too? It's certainly
 a great outdoor thing to do in the summer. You just have to be clever
and know what to do with all the fruit you've picked!

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday evening. Wishing you a
very good week ahead!


  1. Mmmm they look so juicy and tasty! What a lovely family day out :) I hope you enjoy the results all week! x

  2. What a lovely way to spend family time. The strawberries look absolutely delicious. X

  3. It looks like so much fun. I used to love picking my own fruit when I lived in the northeastern US. It's not something we can do much in the desert where I live now and I miss it! Enjoy your strawberry-filled week. :)

  4. It's hard to beat PYO strawberries isn't it? A lovely way to spend an hour or two. Your cream tea looks delicious!
    Caz xx

  5. SNAP! We picked our own this weekend too. BigR enjoyed it (aside from a few insects and a rogue dog!) Next time I'll remember to take some wipes with me. LittleR was covered in juice - and I found several half eaten strawbs in the basket! :) xx

  6. What a fab day! I've only been strawberry picking once - a few years ago - but we loved it. Your girls look so cute in these photos. Nigella Lawson has a lovely recipe for a strawberry crumble.
    Marianne x

  7. Wonderful photos, Marion. What a lovely day out. I used to go to PYO farms all the time as a child with my grandma down south and I miss the fact that there are none near us here.

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