Where to pick your own fruit and veg in Lancashire and Cumbria

We’ve hit prime fruit-picking season, and the good news is there’s loads of places in Lancashire and Cumbria to fill up a basket of fresh produce.

Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and more unusual jostaberries reach their peak and ready to eat in July and August. Unfortunately, a number of farms in Lancashire have fallen victim to the pandemic over recent years.

But we’ve had a good search rounded up a few farms where you can still pop along and explore fields to find a perfect juicy strawberry, ripe and ready to be enjoyed with a dollop of fresh cream.

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Some of the venues also have onsite cafes, ice cream parlours a, picnic areas and children’s play areas, to help you make it a full family day out. So dig out your wellies and choose from one of the farms in our shortlist below and browse our top fruit-picking tips

Greenbank Farm, Lancaster

This farm is ideally located just 15minutes north of Lancaster, near Carnforth and right on the Cumbria border.

Pop on down between 10am and 4pm every day to pick from the delicious gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, plums, apples, board beans and the more unusual jostaberries and rhubarb. Entry is free and you just pay for what to pick but please note it is cash only, cards no accepted.

This place also provides recipes for you to use what you have picked to bake a cake, prepare a pudding or make a sauce.

Do you have a favourite fruit-picking field? Let us know in the comments

Rowley Estates, Penrith

If raspberries are your favourite fruit then this is the place to be to find them. Rowley’s Raspberries have been growing the fruit for more than 40 years. There’s plenty of parking onsite and it is set in beautiful countryside, with plenty of walking trails around it, for those wanting to soak in the Cumbrian countryside during their visit.

More information can be found here

Fruit picking at Kenyon Hall Farm
Fruit picking at Kenyon Hall Farm
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Kenyon Hall, Warrington

This one may be just over the border in Cheshire, but we couldn’t leave it off as it is one of the most visited and largest in the north est.

From redcurrants to garden peas and raspberries to broad beans, the fields are full of fresh fruit and veg and there is also a shop, cafe and plant centre to explore while you’re there.

Keep an eye on the farm’s website,. as they regularly update the availability of certain fruits, including the most popular such as strawberries.

There’s a host of different fruits and vegetables to pick, from redcurrants to green beans
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Top pick your own tips

  • The best and freshest fruit is always what you pick yourself. Fruit is best picked in the morning, when it is the coolest.
  • Head to a part of the field as far away as possible, to find the most choice and less people
  • Pinch the stem of the berry between your thumb and forefinger to pull it out safely. Try and avoid squeezing it
  • Look for berries that are plump and firm and have an even colouring.
  • If you want your fruit to last longer, search for berries not quite ripe (they will usually be more green in colour)
  • It is best to eat the fruit the same day it is picked warm, but they can be stored in a fridge if absolutely necessary, by covering them loosely and stored at five degrees
  • Don’t remove the caps or wash the berries until your are ready to eat them
  • Wash the berries using a strainer before eating
  • You can freeze whole berries by placing a layer on a plastic sheet and freezing until firm then place in a freezer bag and seal.

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