Pick-Your-Own at Lower Ladysden

Fresh Blackberries

Picking your own fruit and vegetables is not only the perfect way to select exactly what you need, it also makes for a great outdoor family activity in a beautiful part of the Kent countryside.

For those who have never experienced Pick-Your-Own the process is very simple. There are handy guides to picking the best Asparagus and Strawberries below (all of our strawberries are grown on tabletops, which saves a backache!!! But don't worry the fruit still hangs low enough for most little hands to reach).

Please note we do not permit eating the fruit in the field.

All fruit picked must be paid for so please don’t pick more than you want.

What's available & when

Fresh Asparagus

Asparagus

Season: Late April to 21 June

Fresh Strawberries

Strawberries

Season: Mid May to Late August

Fresh Raspberries

Raspberries

Season: June to Late August

Fresh Runner Beans

Runner Beans

Season: June to July

Fresh Blackberries

Blackberries

Season: Mid July to Late August

Fresh Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Season: October

*Season dates are approximate and will vary depending on the year. Prices were correct at the time of publication, but do change frequently, please ask on the day of picking for the current price & availability.

freshly picked asparagus

How to pick Asparagus


Step One

Pick up a bag from the Farm shop and head to the field.

When in the field, please be careful not to break any spears unnecessarily, this can happen when stepping across the rows.

Step Two

Select your spear, no need for a knife Asparagus this fresh simply snaps at ground level.

Step Three

Once you have all you need, take your bag to the shop for weighing.

child picking strawberries

How to pick the perfect Strawberry


Step One

Grab a punnet from the shop or if you have brought your own we will weigh it for you, to record how much to deduct off of the final weight.

Then head to the field.

Step Two

When you see a Strawberry you like the look of, check that it is ripened all over before picking. A ripe looking strawberry can sometimes be green on the otherside.

Step Three

For the perfect unblemished strawberry don't touch the fruit itself, simply grab the stalk between your thumb and forefinger, then twist and pinch.

This avoids any bruising on the fruit. It also guarantees that you keep the 'plug' (calix) which ensures the fruit will stay fresh for as long as possible.

If you simply pull on the fruit, it will bruise the fruit and cause damage to the plant.

Step Four

Once you have all you need take your punnet to the shop for weighing.