Last weekend we had a great couple of hours out in the fresh air all for the bargain price of £2.80 – we went strawberry picking at the Cat & Fiddle farm in Christchurch.
We’ve been pumpkin picking there quite a few times and have always said we’d go back in the summer and finally we made it.
Strawberry Picking Sunday
Sunday morning started off very grey and overcast, and we thought we’d have to postpone our visit. Luckily the sun came out later on and the afternoon was gloriously sunny and warm.
When we arrived at the farm we headed straight to the strawberry fields. The first ones were completely empty and we thought we may have missed the boat. Further round the corner were more fields with quite a good number of strawberries left.
Little H had great fun searching for and picking strawberries and filling up the punnet. We could have kept picking for much longer but we thought we’d better leave some for other people.
We managed a pretty good haul, and I think it’s great for children to see how fruit and vegetables grow and where they really come from.
We could also have picked blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants and runner beans, with the corn and pumpkins almost ready.
When we got our punnet weighed in the farm shop I was impressed that we got this many for just £2.80 – so much cheaper than getting them in the supermarket.
After picking your fruit you can sit in the picnic area with a drink or ice cream, and there are hay bales and a steamroller for the kids to play on. Perfect on a nice sunny day like it was when we visited.
The farm also had a field of corn which Little H had fun playing hide & seek in, and also an amazing field of sunflowers which is a blogger and social media addicts paradise for photos!
I took some great photos and was ready to rope the other two into a bit of a family photo shoot when Little H cartwheeled on a bee and got stung on her hand.
We had to race home but luckily managed to cheer her up later with our very own strawberries and ice cream.
I am planning on going back to take more sunflower photos next time the sun shines though!
Tips for strawberry picking with kids
If you’re thinking of going to pick your own strawberries, my tips would be:
- Wear old clothes – strawberry juice stains and the kids are bound to get covered in dirt too.
- Wear sensible footwear – you’re on a farm so it’s obviously a bit dirty, you don’t want to have to be washing shoes afterwards.
- Take hand wipes – strawberry juice and dirt combined make very dirty, sticky hands.
- Take cash – just in case a little PYO farm doesn’t have a card reader.
- Don’t forget snacks – to stop the kids from trying to eat al l he strawberries before you even get home!
Have you ever been to a PYO farm? If not, I’d definitely recommend looking out for one for a couple of hours of fun with the kids.