Fruit picking is a fantastic summer activity; you get to enjoy the freshest of fruits, that you will hand pick yourself directly from the plant. It is also suitable for all members of the family, young and old to relish the opportunity to taste some summer ripened berries.
Fruit picking makes a great day out with the family, with the bonus of it being affordable too, there really is no reason not to give it a go! You’ll get to relax in the stunning Suffolk countryside, surround yourself with luscious green fields, open spaces, fresh air and consume as much of nature’s delicious fruits as you like!
Alder Farm, Ipswich
The farm has been family run since 1982, before this it was a dairy farm, but now it is a pick-your-own extravaganza. The family pride themselves on producing and supplying fresh and high-quality produce. Although, it’s not just about the fruit here, there are plenty of other activities and fun to be had while you’re there, you are sure to be able to make a whole day out of your visit to this lovely place.
The onsite farm café is open daily, serving hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and indulgent snacks. All the meals served have been made using locally sourced produce and are homemade in the farm kitchen.
Before or after your pick, you may want to wander along the farm nature trail which takes you through wild meadows, ponds and wooded areas. Why not treat yourself to a handmade pot to remind you of your visit? The ceramics are also made onsite and have gorgeous hand painted designs which are made by the resident potter, who you can watch in action! If pots and mugs aren’t for you, you are sure to find a gem in the country studio, with stunning home accessories, gifts and jewellery you will be spoilt for choice.
And if you’re still looking for something to do, there are regular craft workshops in sewing, felting, soap making, crocheting and much more!
High House Fruit Farm, Woodbridge
All the produce grown at High House Fruit Farm is sold in the onsite farm shop. From rhubarb to asparagus and oranges to apples. But, if buying it directly from the shop sounds too easy, then head to the fields and pick your own sumptuous produce to take home with you and create something delicious. During your day spent on the farm, be sure to sample some of the incredible, quench thirsting apple juice, that is grown and pressed locally.
Goslings Farm, Felixstowe
At Gosling Farm, there is a huge selection of fruits to pick, including strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries. Most the fruit is placed on tables, so you don’t need to bend over to reach the delicious berries. They are also under cover, so rain or shine, a great family day out is waiting to be had.
The farm shop also has a fantastic selection of locally produced items, so go on and treat yourself while you are on your caravan holidays in Suffolk to some high-quality and natural foods!
A recipe, perfect for summer berries
500g of freshly picked strawberries
300g of freshly picked blueberries
4 egg whites
350ml double cream
250g caster sugar
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cornflour
1. Heat the oven to 150C or gas mark two
2. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff white peaks (no need to put them over your head)
3. Add the sugar to the egg whites, one tablespoon at a time, until the meringue appears silky
4. Gradually add the vinegar, cornflour and vanilla, while continuing to whisk
5. Spread the meringue onto a baking tray, preferably one that is lined with greaseproof paper. Try to form the meringue with a slight upturn around the edge, to create a nice basket for your fruit
6. Pop in the oven and bake for one hour. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue in the oven until it has cooled completely
7. While the meringue is in the oven, roughly chop your fruit
8. Mix half of the chopped fruit with icing sugar and blend until all the lumps have gone
9. Once the meringue has cooled, whip the cream and spread over the meringue. Add the other half of roughly chopped fruit on top, then pour the blended fruit over the meringue