Now that summer seems to be almost here – not to tempt fate or anything – we decided it was time to take the girls fruit picking. Strawberry season is here and we thought it was a great opportunity to educate them on where their food comes from. It wasn’t the first time Dinky had participated, although she was too small to actively participate on the last Canny visit (which you can read here).
Finding things to do to entertain 3 girls 6yrs and under is tough because they are at different stages. Fruit picking was something they could all actively engage in, however. I apologise to Brocksbushes as so many strawberries ended up in their mouths and not in the basket, but isn’t it great when kids actually want to eat something healthy?!
The charge is £1 entry fee per adult and a £1 charge for the hiring of the basket. The children were free. You are told where to head to to start your picking adventure and we advised the girls what to be looking out for so we didn’t end up with a glut of green berries. There are also gooseberries too, but strawberries are clearly more popular.
The weather was glorious which certainly helped and the girls enjoyed burning off energy running up and down the fields.
If you have kids that are active and like getting ‘stuck in’ this is a great place to take them. There’s also a little play area with swings and JCB trucks that they could play on. It was disappointing that only one was working, but that didn’t stop Dinky playing in the sand.
We are happy to report that since our last visit Brocksbushes now have vegan food options in their cafe. I was able to enjoy a slice of Blueberry and Lemon Cake in the sunshine, while the rest of the family tucked into scones and pie. To see a vegan sandwich or pie offered would be the next step to fully accommodate, but hopefully if demand increases they will pay heed. Plant milks are available if you fancy a coffee.
I often see people asking where to find organic vegetables locally and farm stores like Brocksbushes are a great resource for those looking to cut down on their food miles. We do try as a family to eat seasonally and there’s no better taste than fresh strawberries picked from the field. As the girls ate so many we didn’t end up with as many as we anticipated so haven’t needed any recipes to use them up. There’s nothing better than a bowl topped with some dairy free cream 🙂 Strawberries are in season from late May to September, but the strawberry picking season varies from farm to farm. It can also be weather dependent so it is best to check with Brocksbushes before heading up. You can find out more on their website here.
Thanks for reading,