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!