It’s strawberry season so what better way to spend it than go strawberry picking! In the supermarket, you could think it’s strawberry season all year around but at the farms in the UK, the berry season starts at the beginning of May and last until end of September. Having said that, I associate strawberries with Midsummer, the Swedish holiday, which falls at the peak of the season (end of June).
I don’t think I’m the only one who tend to buy my strawberries from the supermarkets or at least a local fruit market. However, pick your own strawberries top this by a million. Honestly, the taste of freshly home picked strawberries are SO much better. They actually taste of strawberries and not like water infused with strawberry flavour, ha.
If you haven’t been on a day out for strawberry picking before, I can highly recommend it. Pick a day when the weather is nice, but not too sunny, and spend it walking up and down the strawberry plant fields picking your own strawberries. What can be more fun than hunting for the biggest and juiciest strawberry, whilst enjoying fresh summer air. The bonus is that when you come home, you have a basket full of fresh fruit to enjoy. You can make your own jam, top a cake with them, add to a cocktail or simply enjoy a bowl full with some sugar and cream, or ice cream.
Kemps Farm in Horsforth
I’m sure there is a local strawberry picking farm near you. We went to Kemps Farm in Horsforth. It was my first time here but it’s super nice so I’d like to go back for more berry picking and also pumpkin picking in the autumn. The concept is super simple. You book a ticket online (£2 for adults and £1 for kids), choosing a time slot to arrive for. On entrance you pick up a basket or several to put your ripe strawberries in. There are several fields and you also have the choice of picking from table top. I could tell there’s a difference in colour and taste between table top and ground grown strawberries. Both taste delicious but table top are slightly sweeter and more artificially looking in colour. When you have filled your basket and feel content with your harvest, it’s time to weigh the strawbs. At Kemp Farm, you pay £5.95/kilo which is around one basket full.
Have you ever been strawberry picking? What would you make with a kilo worth of strawberries you’ve picked yourself?