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Where to pick your own fruit in Essex

PUBLISHED: 11:04 11 July 2017

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Nothing is more satisfying than eating a delicious piece of fruit that you’ve picked yourself. Strawberries with cream whilst watching Wimbledon or some blackberries and raspberries in a nice crumble – here are nine farms where you can PYO

1. Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, Hatfield Broad Oak

Cammas Hall Farm is a beautiful family owned and run fruit farm on the Essex/Hertfordshire border. Spend the day here with the whole family picking fabulous fruits to your heart’s content – they offer strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, and gooseberries. When you start to feel peckish pay a visit to the on site Tea Barn whilst the kids enjoy some time in the play area. Make sure you don’t leave without checking out the farm shop where they sell a wide range of local produce such meats, cheeses and chutneys.

2. McLauchlans of Boxted Fruit Farm, Colchester

Get yourself down to McLauchlans of Boxted before it’s too late. With the 2017 fruit picking season well under way their fruit is going fast. With strawberries already on the last few, pickers will have to be contented with the raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants and a plentiful supply of dessert gooseberries. All containers for holding fruit will be supplied by the farm staff and there is even a wonderful farm shop to browse through afterwards.

3. Park Fruit Farm, Frinton-on-Sea

Open 9-5 Monday to Saturday, Park Fruit Farm in Frinton-on-Sea is a small, family run farm now into its third generation. They are well known locally for running a busy, well stocked little farm shop. Visit the farm to PYO plums and raspberries or buy freshly picked pears and apples from the farm shop. They also sell fresh vegetables, locally reared meats and honey made by a local beekeeper.

4. Lathcoats Farm, Chelmsford

Lathcoats is a third generation family farm in Gallywood, Essex, well known for growing over 40 different types of apple. The PYO is open every weekday from 9 until 6 where pickers will be able to find strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and some early plums – but be warned, the fruit is going fast so get it before it’s gone! Be sure to end your visit with a browse around their award winning farm shop or a fresh coffee and homemade cake from Bee Shed Coffee House.

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5. Craner Produce, Waltham Abbey

The Craners started their fruit farm in 1983 and they are still running the business today. Visit their farm now to pick your fill of redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries and delicious gooseberries. For vegetable lovers there are also lots of broad beans!

6. Wash Farm, Halstead

A day spent at Wash Farm is all about returning to nature. As a small, independent family farm everything is sold directly to the public with an old fashioned, friendly service. Visit now for PYO raspberries (which have grown plump and juicy in all this hot weather), strawberries and blackcurrants. The cherries should be ready soon too!

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7. Spencer’s Farm Shop, Halstead

A family run business that was established in 1973, Spencer’s Fruit Farm is a local champion having won Farm Shop of the Year 2016 in the Essex Life Food & Drink Awards. They have been offering PYO fruit since they first opened and are still going strong today, being one of the best places to get fresh strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, loganberries, plums, cherries, and tayberries.

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8. Stanhill Farm Shop, Dartford

Toby and Max took over Stanhill in 2004 when it was producing vegetables for supermarkets. They decided to take it in a different direction and moved away from the commercial selling to focus more on local wholesale. A short time later the PYO at Stanhill was born. Visit now to pick as many strawberries, blackberries and raspberries as you can carry.

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9. Parkside PYO, Enfield

Parkside Farm pride themselves on the quality of their produce which is grown almost exclusively for the PYO season. Set in the glorious Essex countryside near Enfield you can pick strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrant and blackberries whilst enjoying the stunning views that surround you.

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