6 of the best places for PYO in Hampshire
Super-juicy strawberries and tasty veg fresh from the field? Don’t mind if we do. Grab your straw hat and wicker basket: it's time to pick your own.
We love a bit of wholesome rural fun here at Muddy and – as luck would have it – there’s plenty of juicy produce growing this year and a fair few Hampshire PYO farms to find it in.
Somehow, despite the juice stains and paying-to-do-manual-labour, picking one’s own fruit / flowers / veg is unassailably charming. So dust off the broad-brimmed straw hats, grab the children and head to the fields.
West Green Fruits, Hartley Wintney
The strawbs are ripe, ready and growing in abundance at this North Hampshire farm – and there’s plenty for everyone. Find fresh, pre-picked fruit and veg, too, plus other farm shop goodies like Jersey Cream, homemade jams and marmalades, local honey and free range eggs. Leave time for a coffee and potter in the gorgeous village of Hartley Wintney afterwards.
Pickwell Farm, Bursledon, Southampton
You can indeed pick well at this Bursledon farm right now. Strawberries, gooseberries, broad beans and peas are all in season with courgettes imminent. There’s no café but if small hands are helping, they might like a pic with the strawberry horse, Zeeberry, (well, who wouldn’t?). While you’re here, you can always stock up on some new plants and something tasty for supper, too: there’s a garden centre and shop which stocks super-fresh Cornish seafood.
Hollam Nurseries, Fareham
Starting out as a dairy farm back in the early sixties, Hollam Nurseries now specialises in daffodil and sweetcorn farming, with pick your strawberries and pumpkins and sunflowers. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest on what’s ready to pick and the opening times.
Durleighmarsh Farm Shop, Petersfield
Muddy’s absolute go-to for pick your own, there’s plenty to pick and buy at Durleighmarsh. Fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are all grown and picked here – at the moment it’s broadbeans, rhubarb, strawberries and sweet William flowers. As they pass, more fruit, veg and flowers will come into season, which runs through to October. Handily, The Tea Barn café is also on the farm with a large garden, some new outdoor play kit for littlies and the best afternoon tea for miles.
Bourne Valley Pick Your Own, St. Mary Bourne, Andover
Family-friendly with table top planters for this year’s bumper crop of strawbs, this North Hampshire PYO is a great for the kids. Under 12s can go wild in the Fun Park with tunnels, tractor tyres, climbing castle, zip wire and swamp boat. If they’re not totally zonked, there’s also a Secret Woodland Walk (1.5km) and Farm Walk (1.5 km).
Locals absolutely love Goodalls soft fruit PYO. Gather up strawberries (grown at table-top height – handy on the knees!) plus raspberries, cherries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. There’s loads of fantastic local produce in the brand new farm shop, too, like fresh bread from local bakery Jennings & Son, Isle of Wight soft cheese and Four Acre Farm’s rare breed pork sausages and burgers.
Word-to-the-wise: Picking and produce can be weather dependent so check Facebook pages for what’s in season and unscheduled changes to opening. Picked your own yet this year? Comment and let us know where!