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The Perfect Autumn Day

This past weekend Sam and I went to Garsons Pick Your Own (PYO) Farm in Esher, right outside of London. (About 20 minutes from Clapham Junction.) It was one of the best days out I’d had in a while. It was so much fun traipsing out in the crisp autumn air through fields picking out pumpkins. It reminded me of yearly class trips to the pumpkin patch when I was little – minus the hayrides that we used to take as a class.  But it didn’t stop there, Garsons PYO crops change seasonally (obviously) so the weekend we were there you could pick: potatoes, cabbage, squash, pumpkins, sweetcorn, spinach, carrots, broccoli and beetroot.

So that in itself is a blast, but there’s also a store on the farm that sells its veggies (picked and cleaned), amongst other amazing fresh produce and local dairy and meat. You forget how sanitised and modified produce sold in grocery stores is (yes, even Whole Foods) until you go somewhere like this. You walked into the shop and it smelt phenomenal. Just fresh and exicting. I can’t even really describe it.

In the summer it’s berries galore and I can’t wait to go and stuff my face after picking raspberries to my hearts content. There’s also a picnic area at Garson’s so you can make a whole day of it.

Last night we cooked the beetroot that we had picked and it was amazing. And distinctly different to what we buy in the store. We’ve yet to cook the corn yet so I’ll report back then!

laughingto the pumpkinsgourdsdancing with pumpkin
Blazer: Jack Wills (similar here). Top: Joy the Store. Jeans: BDG. Bag: Coach. Scarf: Louche. Boots: DSW.

dirty handspumpkin patchsam and pumpkin
greenhousesam and corn
meta in broccolibeetrootpulling out the beetroot
I think I picked the best beetroot!

garsons signgazing at produce meatsred chair with christmas tree
It’s never too early to start looking at Christmas ornaments.

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  • Such cute photos of you at the pumpkin patch! I’ve been meaning to go to one of these u-pick farms. πŸ™‚ I’ve also told myself to go to the farmer’s market.. but I’m so behind!

  • Oh wow that pumpkin field looks incredible. I love going fruit/vegetable picking, food that you’ve picked always seems to taste better somewhow lol. Can’t wait to see what you make with these goodies xx

    • I completely agree! I guess there’s any extra level of satisfaction in it! I’ll be completely honest, we roasted the beetroot last night but haven’t made any fancy recipes, just been eating slices of it. πŸ˜€ xx

  • What a great way to spend a weekend! I am looking into pick your own places around where I live, but sadly there doesnt appear to be that many available here, unless you have access to a car, which I don’t =/

    • That’s too bad! Maybe you can include it on a future trip down from Scotland in the future. Although with Garson’s the farm is actually a 40 minute walk from the train station (or a super quick bus or you could even spring for a taxi) but since the weather was holding, we decided to make the most of it and walk! x

  • I love the looks of this place! Lexie would love getting to wander around and pick her own pumpkin. πŸ™‚ How did you get there?

    • There’s a quick train from Clapham Junction in London that stops at Esher (the nearest town to the farm) it’s the stop past Surbiton or about 5 stops past Wimbledon on the line.

      Then the farm is like a 2 mile walk from the station. Or a 10 minute taxi ride!

      So many of the families where were American! I think it’s because picking pumpkins was such an intrinsic part of our childhood growing up in the US! xx

      • Thank you for the info! I thought we’d have time to do it this season, but unfortunately I think we’ll have to wait for next year. πŸ™ I’ve pinned it so I won’t forget, though!

        • It was looking slim pickings when we were there, so I do think it’s an early season activity. x

  • I now live about 15 minutes from Esher so will have to go and pick a pumpkin for Halloween! Do you think I’ll fit one in a rucksack to cycle it home?! x

    • Definitely! They had a pretty wide range of sizes to pick from! Some were quite wee and some were absolute monsters! The farm was about 2 miles (ish) outside of Esher if you want to factor that into your cycle time! Let me know if you get one! xx

  • Marju V

    It all looks so good! And you’re right on the berries – can’t wait for summer and berry season to return!

    • I’m a bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t go earlier this year to collect berries. Fail! I guess it gives me something to look forward to! xx

  • This looks great!! Definitely going to check out the travel options to this. Looks like such a perfect seasonal hangout! πŸ˜€ xx

    PS nice beetroot πŸ˜‰

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    • Hahaha we’ve already been chowing down on the beetroot! If you’re in Tooting just take the bus to Clapham Junction and you can catch a train to Esher. With my railcard discount I think it was about Β£5 ish? It was definitely a very Autumnal // festive thing to do! xx

  • Part of me really wants to do this but the other part of me feels I would have family members turning in their grave knowing I was paying to do something they were paid to do. Funny how times change like that though!

    • You don’t pay to go in or anything. You literally only pay for the food when you are leaving. (You bring what you pick to the counter and pay by kilo.) And it’s slightly cheaper than the grocery store, so there’s no need for your family to turn in their graves. πŸ˜‰ Essentially store prices, and it’s organic. x

  • Looks like so much fun! I love pumpkin picking… I’d love to go there!

  • I loved going to the local farms in Oregon, nothing beats fresh produce!

  • So cool! I guess I should have known that they have that sort of things here – I mean it truly is a country for veggies that come out of the ground like beetroots, etc. I just love pumpkins so much – had the boyfriend buy one to make a pretty thanksgiving dinner table the other day πŸ™‚

    • The interesting thing about pumpkins here is that they have to move them really quickly because the ground is damp and colder than in North America so they start to rot sooner (or so I was told!) I hope you had a good Canadian thanksgiving here!!!! xx

      • That is actually very interesting! I never knew that -thanks for informing me πŸ™‚ And thank you! It was a lovely thanksgiving away from home!x

  • I love the picture of you with the red backdrop! Your scarf makes your eyes pop. And the one of Sam in the corn is really good, too. Photogenic couple of the year award goes to…

  • So much fun! I wish it would finally cool down here, but so far, we’re still in the 80s and 90s (other than one brief spell that took us into the mid-70s). It’s just hard to go pick pumpkins when you’re sweating and in shorts!! You look like you had a blast–I love your scarf! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Natalie! Although I could definitely do with a little bit of your warmth. It’s been raining solidly for days. I’d like to dry out a bit! xx

  • I’ve been researching PYO with pumpkins. This isn’t too bad for me to get to. Might have to check it out! It’s so fun to be able to go into a patch and get your hands dirty! πŸ™‚

  • It was a blast! I can’t wait to carve pumpkins and roast the seeds now! xx

  • This place looks incredible!!! I need to find a place like this in Dallas or I guess soon Indonesia lol.
    Melanie @

  • Have you been dyeing your hair darker or is that just the light? Looks awesome anyway πŸ˜‰ I’m not really a fan of pumpkins but I do love Halloween! πŸ˜‰

    • I always go a bit darker in the autumn/winter to get rid of the places where the sun has bleached out my hair in the summer, but here’s a secret: I dyed it (I always do it myself, getting a pro is too expensive) and then the next morning I realised I had missed a huge streak down the back. (This was the first time, I’ve done that. Doh!) So then I re-dyed it to cover the patch. Haha that’s why it’s even darker than usual. Two dye jobs instead of one! x

      • Haha, that happened to me countless times! I don’t go to the hairdresser either and when I went blonde, I had trouble with the back too so that now my roots at the back are twice as long as the roots of my bangs πŸ˜€ I like your hair that dark though! πŸ™‚

  • I love places like this. I bet you have a million new recipe ideas now. There really is nothing like fresh produce. And hey, can that Mexican chilli chicken parcel be delivered to my mouth asap? Those meats look glorious.

    • That was the same treat that I wanted from the meat section. Man alive, did they look delicious! xx

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM

    We just went to a pick your on veggies farm over the weekend. It was so much fun! And you are right, it’s never too early to look at Christmas decor. hahaha!

    • All the Christmas decor is going up in stores and while I love Christmas it does feel wrong having it up before Halloween! That didn’t stop me from window-shopping a few new ornaments though! xx

  • Oh my god that looks absolutely amazing! (As does your hair, gurl.)

  • Marielle

    Ah, that looks like such fun! We’re taking my nieces to a pumpkin patch soon and I can’t wait!

    • Please tell me you’re going to help them carve pumpkins while matching ABC family-level-scary films?! Just so I can live vicariously though you, as Sam’s nieces and nephew are a bit too young still πŸ™ x

      • Marielle

        Maybe the pumpkins, but they’re still not into even family-level-scary films! I think the closest we’ll get is Kiki’s Delivery Service since it has a (ridiculously adorable) witch.

  • ah, that looks like the most fun day! and you’re looking lovely, i like your hair especially in these photos:-) xx

  • Wow, Garsons sounds absolutely amazing – and just 20 mins out of London. Book me in. Loving the pumpkin patch πŸ™‚
    Claire xx

    • When I was reaching PYO farms nearby, i was pretty shocked that i had a plethora to choose from. About 7 or 8?! (Some were a bit too far out, and only 2 had pumpkins so that helped narrow the choice down quite well!) xx

  • That looks like so much fun, and I love your photos. I didn’t know there was a place like that so close to London.

    • Thank you so much! There are a few options to choose from, so I guess we are very lucky in London to have the city and then the countryside so readily at hand! x

  • I’ve never been to a real pumpkin patch (they don’t really grow pumpkins in southern california)… but I’ve always wanted to. It seems so characteristically “Fall!”

    • There was only one pumpkin patch that I knew of in New Mexico (where i grew up) and when I was in elementary school every fall we’d pile onto a bus and drive about an hour to it! It was always such a memorable day! x

  • Oooooh, I never thought there could be one so close to London – sign me up! (Loving the lippy btw!)

    • There are a few within 30 mins of main London stations, but only 2 with pumpkins. (I’ve done my research now πŸ˜‰ ) Thanks, it’s Mac Retro Glam. xx

  • Valerie

    ooo I so want to go to a pumpkin patch! Do you know of any near Norfolk?

  • That looks like such fun! I wish there were pick your own places around here. At least we have some nice farmer’s markets though

    • I love some of the farmer’s markets that you get to go to! (From your photos at least, I’ve never gotten to experience them first hand!) xx

  • You definitely still found some good ones! Love the photo of your little one with the pumpkins! x

  • Thank you! Have an amazing time next week! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! πŸ˜‰ xx

  • I love pumpkin farms! You are so right, a perfect fall day. I’m going to go ahead and believe that the photo of you with the red background is just for me πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you so much! I’m not the biggest fan of the weather getting colder, but it can still be fun, right? xx

  • I love pumpkin patches. Also you get to pick your own corn and beets? That is pretty awesome. I love beets on a salad. Looks like you two had so much fun.

  • Oh wow I want to do this!!!! It looks amazing!

  • 1) These pictures are ADORABLE! 2) I’m jealous at all the “pick-your-own” options throughout the year.

    • It’s awesome. Plus, if you’re doing something like getting a lot of berries it ends up being cheaper than the store, and more fun too! πŸ™‚ x

  • More amazing pictures of you. You look fantastic Amanda. You must have had your hair done, it looks awesome dark like that. I will admit that I scoured the pictures and didn’t read the writing which is such a cop out.. but rob is saying come on… let’s get into the hot tub and it’s Saturday night and I just really wanted to comment.. Forgiiiiive me!

    • Thanks Haley! I always go a bit darker for the winter, just to cover all the summer sun – but here’s a secret: the reason why it’s so much darker than usual is that I made a huge mistake. I always do my own hair (because man, going to the salon in London is expensive) and it’s usually totally fine. But for some reason this time I missed a huge chunk on the back of my head so the next day I had to do it again to cover that area so it ended up being a double layer of dye. Aka waaayyy darker! x

  • This sounds like a great time, I love pick-your own. P is not such a fan though πŸ™‚ Your hair looks great! With the red lips it is a bit Snow White…love it!

    • Thank you so much! Why does P not like it? x

      • He doesn’t get the fun of picking your own. He would rather just buy the pint or gallon of whatever they offer and be done with it πŸ™‚

  • I’ve totally already bought some christmas ornaments…I can’t even believe you found a pick your own pumpkin patch! I don’t even know where there are any near us.

  • imagine – next summer you can pick your own raspberries and then make jam from those raspberries!

    • If they survive the train ride back to our flat…. I am a but of a glutton when it comes to berries! As is Sam, so it’s a deadly combo! (For the berries.) x