Essex is home to some of the very best and most beautiful of rolling English countryside and with a reputation for wonderful farms that produce some of the UK's finest produce it seems only right that tourists to the region get to experience such farming for themselves. With this in mind here we present an example of some of the must visit 'Pick Your Own' farms, and each venue offers up something completely unique.
McLauchlans of Boxted - Boxted
McLauchlans of Boxted is a real treat for those seeking a 'Pick Your Own' experience; here there are fields upon fields of every berry you could wish for, including: strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries, as well as broad beans and a rather packed out farm shop where you can purchase a wide variety of farm produce.
Carpenters Farm Shop - Aingers Green
The Carpenters Farm Shop is a lovely venue to visit all year round, however throughout summer there are also plenty of fields to explore, pick and enjoy. Products to pick include: asparagus, new potatoes, strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries.
The farm shop goes beyond these products to include everything from fresh milk right through to locally sourced 'Fryers' apple juice and also includes plenty of local meats, poultry, fish and game. What's more you can also sit within the farm's cafe and enjoy the dishes that can be prepared from the products available within from the farm and wider local area.
Lathcoats Farm - Chelmsford
Lathcoats Farm makes for a wonderful farm to visit for all of the family. There are fields to pick, afternoon tea to consumer, a charming coffee house and a farm shop that is filled full of delicious products (including apple juice, hampers, fruit and veg, bread and cakes and pies and pastries).
For those seeking to pick products however the season runs up until September (with the latest in the season to pick being Victoria plums). Throughout the summer there are strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, cherries and boysenberries to pick.
Little Mountains Farm - Great Totham
Little Mountains Farm has been functioning as a farm since 1953 and is located within the very centre of rural Essex. Ran by the same family - the Mann's, this working farm features a richly stocked farm shop as well as a 'Pick Your Own' experience for all the family, which includes blackberries, redcurrants, raspberries, blackcurrants, loganberries and gooseberries.
For the more relaxed of visitors, who may not want to trek the miles and miles of fields for what is delicious fruit, there is plenty of pre-picked fruit that can be purchased with Farmer Bill's cream (in addition to other farm shop products that include: new potatoes, eggs, quality cuts of meat and poultry and farm fresh BBQ ready meats).
Have the sumptuous pick your own products here merely whetted your appetites? Then you'll be glad to hear that we also provide a directory for you to search and for you to plan the perfect trip that is packed out with culinary experiences.
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