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Fruit & veg picking at Parkside Farm PYO

21st May 2018
London fruit veg PYO

 

Last week, the girls and I went to – what I think is – London’s only ‘pick your own’ farm, Parkside Farm. Parkside grow around 20 different fruits and vegetables for PYO between June and October. It’s only about a mile from us so it’s quite unbelievable that we’ve never been before – it was a great morning out.

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After we had picked up our containers, we started at the strawberries. They have a couple of different varieties which grow at waist height – so perfect for little ones to reach and for grown ups to pick without too much bending down. The downside was that it was easy for Imogen to run under the rows of strawberries and more tricky for me to follow her! Technically, strawberry season is over but Parkside use different varieties, to keep it going throughout the summer. Picking the fruit is absolutely addictive! We ended up with nearly 3kg of strawberries. Eating as you pick is forbidden but kids eh (sorry!).

Then it was over to the raspberries. These weren’t as easy to pick (they can break apart if you are not gentle) but we managed to get a fair few of these too. Imogen loves squishing these amongst her fingers – in fact most of raspberries were squashed by the time we got home so we made jam with them.

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We had a bit of a sit down amongst the plants, to recharge our batteries, before moving on to vegetables picking. The kids enjoyed picking runner beans and beetroot. After about 2 hours of picking, the rain started to fall so we bid a hasty retreat back to the shop to pay. We also picked up Jersey cream, meringue nests and jam sugar!

There is a minimum spend of £3 per person (non-walking babies excluded), we spent nearly £30 oops. There is no picnicing allowed in the fields but there are a few picnic tables next to the shop. The shop sells cold drinks and  ice-cream too.

Parkside has won the FARMA (National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association) PYO Award for 2015 (and many years prior). FARMA say that Parkside offers high quality produce, knowledgable staff, value for money and is a great destination for a family day out. Praise indeed!

I’m going to share the jam recipe I used soon (Rose & Raspberry Jam). For dinner that evening, I roasted the beetroot with garlic made a salad with green lentils, feta and mint – lovely!

Parkside Farm PYO
Hadley Road, Enfield, EN2 8LA
www.parksidefarmpyo.co.uk

Open 9am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and some Sundays. It’s a good idea to check their website to check what produce they have available before setting off or call their message line on 020 8367 2035. 

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Hue Me Happy is about finding the little rays of sunlight that help keep a sense of balance in every day life. For me these are cups of lovely coffee, a house or garden filled with flowers, time to think and be creative, being outdoors, wine infused evenings with friends and mini-adventures that take me outside of the normal routine. I’m Sian, a 40-something Mancunian mama living in north London. 

This post was first published in 2015.

14 Comments

  • Reply Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos 11th August 2015 at 9:49 am

    We love fruit picking too, lots of fun for all ages, a real family treat. Do pop over and join me for Country Kids, it’s all about outdoor fun with children. Looks like you collected more than us, I think we ate too many along the way! #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 11th August 2015 at 1:02 pm

      I think we went a bit overboard with the picking! Thank you – I will.

  • Reply Kim Carberry 11th August 2015 at 12:00 pm

    It looks and sounds like you had a great time!! I really need to find one near me. It looks like great fun x
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    • Reply Sian 11th August 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I’m sure there will be one somewhere near you! Great fun indeed.

  • Reply fashion-mommy 11th August 2015 at 10:44 pm

    We love to do this in the summer, there is a farm very close and the strawberries are just so delicious.

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    • Reply Sian 16th August 2015 at 9:41 am

      And easy for the kids to pick!

  • Reply Kate 12th August 2015 at 11:21 am

    Oh I just love fruit picking although the children always eat more than they pick! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 16th August 2015 at 9:41 am

      Part of the fun!

  • Reply Sharon Powell 14th August 2015 at 11:15 am

    I love fruit picking! Looks like you had a great time x #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 16th August 2015 at 9:43 am

      We did!

  • Reply Joanne Dewberry 16th August 2015 at 7:16 pm

    We went strawberry picking last week too! How cool are the strawberry plants hanging like that! Ours were all in the ground. Looks like a gorgeous place.
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  • Reply Colette B 17th August 2015 at 7:58 pm

    What gorgeous photos! I’m so envious as the PYO farm I’d been hoping to visit this year hasn’t opened this time round!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x
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  • Reply Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos 18th August 2015 at 11:19 pm

    One of our favourite summer days out too. Looks like you made a feast with your pickings and had a lovely time out too. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.
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  • Reply Secret London Days Out With Kids 22nd May 2017 at 1:00 pm

    […] You can get the low down on Parkside from a local mum here. […]

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