About six years ago, we had friends who told us of a magical place where you could go pick your own fruit and vegetables. It was cheaper than a supermarket, and much tastier. We went with our friends, and two-year old Moozles and had the best day. We said we would return every summer. And every summer, we haven’t managed to go. But this week, we finally returned to Garsons, and this time as a family of four.
If you’ve never heard of Garsons, it is the UK’s largest pick-your-own farm and is located in Esher, Surrey. It takes about 30-40 minutes from south west London. From the end of May until October, customers can head on over and pick fruit, vegetables and flowers. We picked corn on the cob, carrots, courgettes and strawberries. We picked a couple of blackberries but they weren’t ready, so we moved on. At home, we found the corn to be so tasty, and we have finished it all in four days. Sad times.
Once you arrive at Garsons, you drive around (there is a one-way system and there are about five or six parking stops). You don’t have to stop at each stop, but pick whatever you want. There are weighing stations so you can pay along the way, or you can pay for everything at the end (and yes, they take cards). You can grab some plastic bags at the first weighing station, and there are punnets available by the berries.
After picking our fruit and veg, we headed to the restaurant and farm shop. Husband and I had toasted sandwiches, and the kids got cheeseburgers. The food was delicious. It’s always a relief when both children eat all their food. Afterwards, we had a nosey in the farm shop, and I was pleased to see that there was an American food section as well as some gorgeous, giant meringues. If you do go to the restaurant, go through the normal entrance rather than the one that says ‘restaurant’ as the latter entrance makes you walk next to the toys. 🙁
Have a look at my vlog below to see how we got on (plus to watch me complaining about my children).