Inspired by last week's post by Coombe Mill, and a few others in the fabulous Country Kids Linky, I decided to seek out a local PYO farm. I haven't been to a Pick You Own since I was a kid myself, and have fond (mostly) memories of gorging myself on strawberries until I was fit to bust.
Good old Google brought up one not too far away ( Grove Farm near Leighton Buzzard) and I raised a smile at the statement on the website:
"To sample one or to fruits is acceptable but anyone excessively eating will be asked to leave."
With mutterings from the Voice of Doom about how we'd need a chest freezer to make the trip worthwhile and to cover the petrol, and we'd better damn well eat all this and not just leave it to go off in the fridge we grabbed a wheelbarrow, bags and punnets and set off across the fields.
The plot was massive and Ruby enjoyed following the chalkboard signs directing us to each field of goodness.
What a fabulous way to get kids interested in food, encourage them to eat healthily and to learn about how things grow and where our food comes from.
It wasn't just 'pick your own'. It was also 'pull your own' and 'dig your own'. Forks are on hand to dig spuds and scrabble about in the mud unearthing the potato treasure.
We came home with garlic; onions; potatoes; beetroot; cucumber; rhubarb, peas; french beans and raspberries, as well as 6 beautiful fresh eggs.
That evening we feasted on a dinner of prawn, pea, cucumber and mint salad followed by roast cod with french beans, chorizo, olives and tomatoes, then fresh raspberries and greek yoghurt. Food doesn't get much fresher.
Wheeling a barrow across a field was so much more fun than pushing a trolley round the supermarket!