On Saturday morning we didn’t really have any plans, so after waking up to see it was a warm and dry day I decided we needed to get outside for a few hours. Just a ten minute drive down the road from us is Pips, a ‘pick your own’ farm, and knowing how much Willow loves strawberries I thought this would be a perfect family activity for a Saturday morning and it most definitely was.
We arrived to find ample parking, toilets, and a few picnic benches, oh and fields and fields of fruit and vegetables. We quickly collected our tub and headed straight to the strawberries, of which there were a few varieties to choose from.
To begin with Willow seemed a little confused as to why Mummy and Daddy kept rummaging amongst the plants. We asked her to look out for the reddest strawberries and she quickly became chief strawberry spotter.
It took a little persuasion to get her to try a strawberry as I don’t think she’d put two and two together but after Daddy had taken a bite we couldn’t stop her. Each time I’d turn around I would find her with another face full of strawberries and a cheeky grin on her face, I’m sure she probably ate more on the way around than we collected in our tub!
After we’d filled our tub (and our tummies) we decided to take a little wander across the fields to see what other fruits and vegetables they had. There were beetroot, rhubarb, beans, loganberries, blackberries and many more, including some that were not quite ready for picking. I think Willow was quite intrigued as she wanted to touch all the plants and constantly asked ‘what’s that?’ I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Willow where our fruit and vegetables come from, she now knows its not made in a supermarket.
We hadn’t realised quite how sunny it would be at the farm as it had been pretty cloudy when we left the house. So having forgotten both the girl’s hats, Daddy’s cap soon became Willow’s. After seeing her wearing it I am now convinced she needs a little trucker hat of her own.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo but the farm also had a few rabbits that Willow loved talking to (and trying to feed strawberries to) and the farm had just opened a small maize maze too. We didn’t have enough time to complete the maze this time around but at only £1 a go we’ll definitely be paying Pips another visit over the coming weeks.
Unbeknown to me it was also Hubby’s first time strawberry picking, which, having lived in a village growing up I was very surprised by. I think he enjoyed himself and from the amount of strawberries he consumed combined with the facial expressions I would say it was a hit!
We finished our morning by paying for our delicious strawberries and buying myself and Willow a small tub of ice cream each. Due to the sheer speed at which I inhaled (and Willow ate and smeared all across her hands and face) I was unable to get a photo but I can assure you the chocolate chip ice cream was a delightful treat!
Have you and your family been fruit picking this year? What other fruit or vegetables would you suggest we collect next time?