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We visit the farm regularly during the summer to pick our own fresh strawberries, fruit and vegetables. We also buy local honey from the farm shop which is absolutely delicious

STRAWBERRIES • RASPBERRIES • CURRANTS • GOOSEBERRIES • POTATOES
COURGETTES • RUNNER BEANS • SWEETCORN • SPINACH • ASPARAGUS • BEETROOT

Since 1983 we have established a reputation as one of the country’s leading ‘pick your own’ farm outlets and in recognition if this, we are delighted to have been awarded the FARMA ‘Pick Your Own’ Farm of 2016 for our tasty selection of fruit and vegetables together with great service from our team.

STRAWBERRIES & SOFT FRUITS
Strawberries have always been our specialty – beautiful, succulent and available throughout the summer season. Baskets are provided and you simply pick them fresh from our waist height table tops – there’s no bending which is so much easier for the less agile among us.

TIPS FOR PICKING STRAWBERRIES
Here are a few tips to help you pick the juiciest strawberries.

  • Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for picking.
  • Select firm, fully red berries. A little white is perfectly OK as the flavour tends to be a bit sharper and will last longer in the fridge.
  • Grasp the stem just above the berry and sever the stem with pressure from your thumbnail. Pull with a slight twisting motion.
  • Best not to overfill your baskets or pack them down as they bruise easily.
  • Strawberries will keep refrigerated for about 3-4 days.
  • Strawberries are excellent to freeze – wash if you wish, cut off the stems and green tops, quarter and freeze. They should keep for about 2-3 months although they may lose their shape once defrosted.

For 2017 we have changed the way we charge for our soft fruit and strawberries. We are now following the practice of many other Pick Your Owns and asking for a small redeemable prepayment of £2 per head.

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS

Say a family of four come to Lotmead to pick strawberries. When they pick up their punnets, they will pay an £8 deposit – that’s £2 per person – before entering the picking area. When they’ve finished picking, they will return to the shop to pay. If they’ve picked £10 worth of fruit (which would be about two kilos of strawberries), they just pay the £2 difference.

If however they pick less than the deposit then unfortunately the deposit cannot be refunded – but £2 works out at about the same amount as a small punnet you’d buy in a supermarket.

Just make sure you hang on to your prepayment receipts!

As well as strawberries, we also grow delicious raspberries, gooseberries and sweet blackcurrants. Come late August and you can also help yourself to blackberries from our hedgerows FREE OF CHARGE!

Remember, because you pick your own strawberries, fruit and vegetables, not only are they guaranteed to be much fresher and tastier than you’ll find at any supermarket, they’re also a lot cheaper – and the more you pick, the bigger the discount!

VEGETABLES
We have a great variety of ‘pick your own’ seasonal spring, summer and autumn vegetables. These include potatoes, courgettes, runner beans, sweetcorn, spinach and beetroot. Asparagus and rhubarb are supplied ready picked and you will find them at the Farm Store.

FARM STORE
Our farm store is the hub of the visitor experience. It’s a shop, cafe and entrance to all the ‘pick your own’ fields and farm attractions.

We can also offer a wide choice of select local delicacies from fresh baked biscuits and cakes to fruit conserves, ice creams and honey, all endorsed by BigBarn. You can also buy some of our farm fresh vegetables.

While you are there, why not sit down to a delicious choice of freshly prepared hot and cold food at the Farm Store together with a tasty selection of snacks and refreshments to enjoy outside under the covered picnic tables.

BIG BARN

We’re part of Big Barn, the UK’s No.1 local food website which helps people find good, safe, accountable food from local sources.

TIPS FOR PICKING RASPBERRIES
Here are a few tips to help you pick the juciest raspberries.

  • Gently grasp the berry with your fingers and thumb, and tug gently.
  • If it is ripe, it will easily come off in your hand, leaving the center part attached to the stem.
  • Be carefull to avoid pulling off the fruit with the stems which can easily destroy the plant!
  • Raspberries freeze well and keep both flavour and shape.