GARSONS PICK YOUR OWN FARM

x4.jpgAt the ripe (pun intentional) old age of 23, it was a bit of a travesty that until last weekend I had never actually been berry-picking. On the blogosphere this seems to be one of those quintessential summer activities, and I am all for anything that makes me feel like I am making the most of the Great British Summer, fleeting as it usually is. That said, we took a trip to Garsons Garden Centre and pick your own farm in Esher, the largest in the UK, offering 30 crops grown over 150 acres. A very well put together outfit, visitors drive on a ring road from field to field and pay for their weighed produce at one of a number of kiosks. This day out is so much more than just strawberry picking. We made a slow start in the spinach and pea field, and I say slow because it takes a while to get into this, the crops are not at all as obvious as I was expecting them to be for a beginner!

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We started with the raspberries which were elusive slim pickings at first. Cue philosophical rants about how in the future I would have more appreciation for the preparation of food we are able to just shove into a trolley in the supermarket without a second thought.

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Cauliflower and cabbage, courgette, marrow and sunflowers

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This was the highlight of the trip, very cool to be able to pull your own carrots out of the ground. As you can see I felt very rustic.

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This was the corn, it wasn’t quite ready to pick yet.

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We also had a dig for some potatoes

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x3.jpgx5.jpgx6.jpgLastly, the strawberries. This was the main attraction and the strawberry fields were heaving. Nonetheless there was still plenty of ripe fruit left to pick, and they were so sweet.

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The apple orchard

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It was hungry (and thirsty) work all this vegetable picking so after we weighed up and paid up we ventured into the garden centre restaurant for a spot of lunch. Toasted tuna ciabatta and a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, both with sweet potato fries, naturally.

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This was what we picked, at a cost of just £12.47 which considering you pay for the experience too is pretty good I would say. And this was us enjoying the fruits (ha) of our labour with some strawberry cheesecake Haagen Daz. Summer loving.

Love, M.

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