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Where to PYO fruits and flowers in Berkshire

Grab your straw hat and wicker basket: it's time to PYO. From sumptuous strawberries to green veg to blooming bouquets, here's where to pick 'em.

Strawberry field on fruit farm. Fresh ripe organic strawberries in old basket on pick your own

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.

We love a bit of wholesome rural fun here at Muddy and — as luck would have it — there are a fair few PYO farms to choose from. Time to break out your inner Milly-Molly-Mandy, clear out some fridge space, and pick some darned delicious in-season fruit. (Just remember to save a punnet to settle down and watch some fabulous tennis – essential sofa snacks for that true Wimbledon experience.)

Gray’s Farm, Wokingham

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. Slam on the breaks when you see the giant strawberry in the field at Gray’s Farm, near Wokingham. This is a PYO giant, offering 24 different crops from traditional soft fruits to veggies. Right now you can get your mitts on strawberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries. Needing greens? Spinach, beetroot, broccoli beans and more are all ready to pick.

Copas Farm (Lower Marsh Farm), Cookham

Copas Farm is another big boy in the PYO world, with branches in Berks and Bucks apiece. PYO costs £4, to be refunded against the weight of the produce you’ve picked — asparagus and strawberries and ready to pick right now, with raspberries, peas, beans, cherries coming soon. There is also a farm shop on site selling homemade apple juice, local honey, chutneys, cream, and eggs. Oh, and a Maize Maze will be ready in tie for the summer hols. Lose the kids in the name of fun.

GOOSEBERRY IN BASKET PYO

Cobbs Farm, Hungerford

PYO was cancelled at Cobbs Farm during the pandemic, but slowly but slowly it’s coming back to life. Strawberry picking still remains a no-go, but you can play gooseberry Or pick them to be precise. Gooseberry season is open in July– and although it can be a prickly pick, you’ll get to use your haul in jams, desserts, and drinks. You’ll pay £7.99/kg.

Hildred’s, Reading

Things are pretty simple at Hildred’s – top drawer, locally grown fruit and veg at affordable prices. Right now your can get your hands on asparagus and rhubarb. Open Tues-Sun, 9am-6pm.

Little Park Flowers, Brimpton, West Berks

A beautiful flower farm and florist, in the once neglected Victorian cottage gardens of a small country estate. Buy by the stem, the jam jar, the bunch and the bucketful, as well as arranged into beautiful hand-tied bouquets. Plus there’s events and arranging and growing workshops galore.

Micklems Farm, Knowl Hill, Berks

Micklems is a hive of creative activity, with a massive array of workshops on offer from batik and lino printing to furniture painting and floral design. The four-acre smallholding produces flowers and fruit which it sells in bunches for collection Thurs-Sat with the option of adding on tea in the garden.

Dahlia Beach, Millets Farm

Dahlia Beach is the brainchild of insta star and former TV director, Andrea McDowell, who launched the endeavour when her wedding video business went a little on the quiet side during covid. Now she’s an internet/TV/media/Chelsea Flower Show sensation thanks to the PYO dahlia business she’s launched at Abingdon’s Millets Farm (bit of a one stop shop with its farm shop, PYO, garden centre, kids soft play, farm park and more…). The PYO flower farm is open August to November, and is also the site of workshops in how to grow and arrange dahlias alongside Poggy, Andrea’s bright pink open top double decker bus.

Wheedon Hill Park (aka Farmer Paul), Aylesbury

Girl face in sunflowers

PYO isn’t just about fruit: at Wheedon Hill Park near Aylesbury over the border in Bucks, Farmer Paul is bringing a sea of sunshine this August courtesy of his magnificent Sunflower Field. Head to the Cutting Area to choose and PYO sunflowers to buy (you’ll need your own secateurs), there’s a Sunflower Trail for the kids, pre-cut flowers to buy as well as wheat posies and other sunflowery goodies made by Mrs Farmer Paul. It’s thirsty work, that God for the café. :

Howe Farm Flowers, near Thame

At Howe Farm in Dorton you can pick your own beautiful bouquets of seasonal flowers, all hand-sown and sustainably nurtured. Available from April-October, visitors can either simply spend an hour picking blooms in lovely zinc buckets (£22.50), or upgrade to include a pot of tea and homemade cakefor two in the garden once the buckets are full (£60 for two). Booking ahead is essential for both.

Flower picking lupin girls in hat

Green and Gorgeous Flowers, near Wallingford

Passionate about the environment, Green & Gorgeous Flowers grows a range of classic, nostalgic and unusual flower varieties in a sustainable manner, meaning the farm hums with insect and bird life. Drop in on Saturdays between 9am and 4pm to pick up blooms, vegetables, fruit, eggs, seeds, plants and even local hand-thrown pottery from the shop.

1 comment on “Where to PYO fruits and flowers in Berkshire”

  • Phillip Walkden July 13, 2021

    Grays Farm is always the TOPS for fresh fruits and vedges. , we will always go back for bmore treats.

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