The best fruit picking farms near London
August is the perfect time to harvest many kinds of fruits and vegetables. Whether you want to go strawberry picking or to pick your own apples, when it comes to finding the freshest seasonal produce, it doesn’t get much better than these pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms in and around London.
If it’s summer veg you’re after, Hewitt’s Farm doesn’t disappoint. Peas, broad beans and courgettes are all ripe for the picking, as well as plums and eating apples. The farm shop also stocks a wide range of local produce, from eggs and honey to baked goods. Check the Hewitt’s Farm Facebook page for regular updates and opening hours.
Distance from London by car: 21 miles
Home Cottage Farm
Home Cottage Farm is ideal for berry picking and apple picking.Pick your own blackberries, raspberries, damsons and plums, and choose from no less than 18 apple and pear varieties in the orchard of this lovely fruit picking farm. Say hello to the resident free-range chickens and sheep, and even buy homemade chutneys, jams and honey in the farm shop too.
Distance from London by car: 20 miles
Pick fruits, vegetables and even herbs at this chemical-free eco-friendly farm. Pick kale and spinach to basil and blackcurrants in the fields, and there’s also a range of delicious fruity jams and pickles, and even locally-sourced rapeseed oil available to buy at the farm stall.
Distance from London by car: 30 miles
Hawkswick Lodge Farm
If summer berries are your pick of the bunch, Hawkswick Lodge Farm has you covered with a bumper crop of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries to help yourselves to. The helpful fruit calendar on their website will show you what’s in season.
Distance from London by car: 27 miles
From juicy summer berries to tasty healthy greens, Parkside Farm has it all. This wonderful fruit picking farm lets you pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, corn and even onions, depending on the season. You’ll need to book a time slot on the website, but the value of your booking is refunded when you come to pay for your produce.
Distance from London by car: 15 miles
If you’re looking to pick your own seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers all in one place, head to Meopham! From berries and stone fruit to sweetcorn and sunflowers, at Broomfield Farm the picking continues into autumn, with pumpkins and squash at your fingertips once the summer fruit season ends.
Distance from London by car: 30 miles
With fruit fields in Iver and Cookham offering pick your own strawberries, raspberries, beans, beets and apples, Copas Farms are ready for peak picking season. You’ll need to book in advance at Iver, but Cookham is still allowing walk-ins.
Distance from London by car: Iver, 21 miles. Cookham, 31 miles
Crockford Bridge Farm
Proudly growing 20 different crops which are available for visitors to pick straight from the field, Crockford Bridge Farm even has and Ice Cream Parlour and a Tea Shack, making it a popular destination for families. Pick your own raspberries, carrot and spinach, and lick your own ice cream afterwards!
Distance from London by car: 28 miles
As strawberry picking season draws to a close, Stanhill Farm is almost ready to open its doors for courgette, runner beans, beetroot, sweetcorn and even sunflower picking! With over 20 different crops in the field, the Stanhill Farm website and social media are being regularly updated to let visitors know when crops are ready to be picked.
Distance from London by car: 19 miles
Over The Hedge Flowers
So, you’ve filled the fruit bowl and your bellies, what next? Time to spruce up your home with freshly picked flowers! Over The Hedge Flowers is a pick-your-own farm with a difference. Spend an hour, fill your bucket and enjoy the beautiful blooms on display in this little corner of paradise in Wallington.
Distance from London by car: 13 miles
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