Last fall, I sang the praises of Garsons Farm, a pyo farm and farm shop on the outskirts of London. I promised then that I’d be back in the summer, and I definitely upheld that promise. The weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday, the recent cold-snap had ended and it was sunglasses weather again. Despite having to brave a rail replacement bus from our flat to Brixton, we happily soldiered on. The farm is actually a few miles from the train station so by the time we got to Garsons, we felt we deserved our snacks.
Our first stop was the farm shop. Call me cheap, but I love a free sample. With my belly sufficiently full of cheese samples we headed out into the fields. Right now there are strawberries, raspberries, sunflowers, potatoes, spinach, carrots and courgette for picking (just to name a few).
It’s an amazing family-day out. There were families there stocking up on their weekly vegetable shopping, and there were loads of groups like us, there to soak up the sun and atmosphere whilst getting some delicious produce. There are designated picnic areas that were filled with happy laughter and not a few couples who had plunked down and had their lunches amongst the sunflowers.
Garsons Farm has been in Esher since 1871. It’s about a 40 minute walk from Esher station or a quick bus/cab ride.