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Surrey’s best pick-your-own farms

Grab your straw hat and basket: it's summertime, which means it's time to PYO. From sweet strawberries to green veg and flowers, here's where to pick 'em.

Somehow, despite the juice stains and paying-to-do-manual-labour, picking one’s own fruit / flowers / veg is unassailably charming. So dust off the broad-brimmed straw hats, grab the children and head to the fields.

Crockford Bridge Farm, Addlestone

This is your moment to get your kids to eat their five a day (and pimp up your Champers, obvs). Pick your own season is in full swing at Crockford Bridge Farm, which sits on the banks of the River Wey just outside Addlestone. There are about 20 different varieties of fruit and veg to pick during the spring / summer season. Right now you can get your mitts on strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red currants, black currants, gooseberries and rhubarb. Needing veg? Courgettes, pumpkins, broad beans, French beans, runner beans, asparagus, peas, spinach and carrots are all ready to pick. You must book ahead for a farm pass. Cost if £4 adults, £2 children which is redeemed against the weight of the produce you’ve picked.

Garsons, West End, near Esher

Garsons is a big boy in the world of PYO – the largest PYO farm in the whole of the UK, with 70 varieties of 26 crops growing on 155 acres on the banks of the River Wey at West End, near Esher. There are also flowers – gladioli, sunflowers and dahlias. You must book in advance for a farm pass, cost is £4 adults, £1 children, which is deducted from the crop bill. Right now the fruits to pick are black currants, raspberries and red currants, and for the veg it’s beetroot, broccoli, courgette, marrow, spinach and French beans. Sunflowers, dahlias and gladioli are also ready right now. There’s also a farm shop and garden centre on site.

Flower Farm, Godstone

Owned and run by the Deeley family since 1974, Flower Farm has been offering a pick your own pretty much since then. It’s all pretty straightforward – simply go into the shop and let the team know you’d like to go picking. They’ll give you a punnet and once you’ve filled it, return to the shop to pay for your produce. This season’s strawberries have pretty much all been picked, but raspberries are available, and coming soon are the cherries and Victoria plums.

The Sunflower Fields at Tulleys Farm, near Crawley

PYO isn’t just about fruit and veg. Tulleys Farm just over the border in Sussex has created a sunflower field, and these delightful flowers will be ready for picking in early August. You have to book tickets in advance, dates are released when the flowers are in full bloom. They sell out fast, so be quick.

West Green Fruits, Hartley Wintney, Hants

The strawbs have already had their moment at this farm in North Hampshire – but there’s plenty of other fresh fruit and veg that’s ripe and ready right now. Gooseberries, raspberries, black currants and red currants. Find fresh, pre-picked fruit and veg, too, plus other farm shop goodies like Jersey Cream, homemade jams and marmalades, local honey and free range eggs. Leave time for a coffee and potter in the gorgeous village of Hartley Wintney afterwards.

Secretts Farm, Milford

Secretts has been growing crops on Hurst Farm near Godalming since 1937. It’s currently run by a 4th generation Secrett. The farm produces a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops, and is famed for its tender salad leaves, which are on the menus of some of the best restaurants in London and Surrey. The usual pick-your-own season was put on hold due to Covid and has not resumed in 2022, but the team at Secretts have promised it’s not a permanent closure. Usually the selection includes berries and orchard fruits, a wide range of veg and flowers later in the summer.

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