Berkshire's Pick Your Own Farms help keep visitors safe as they pick

By Imogen Haig

Picking your own fruit and vegetables with the warmth of the summer sun on your back must be one of life’s most rewarding pleasures.

The produce is often grown for its depth and quality of flavour, it is local, it is fresh: from plot to plate within hours, and most of all it is an enjoyable trip out, especially for families.

Berkshire’s Pick Your Own Farms are part of our rural economy. Whilst one has made the difficult decision to remain closed until next year (although its farm shop remains open), two have been able to open, with specific measures in place to help keep visitors safe. Your visit will help to sustain their business, and in turn Berkshire’s rural economy.

Please, as always, follow government advice, and the specific measures put in place by each of the pick your own farms, to help keep you safe when you are on site. We strongly recommend that you check their websites for details on how they are operating during the current circumstances and/or ring ahead to double check that they are open on the day you intend to visit.

Grays Farm, Wokingham, is currently open (at 16/07/2020) Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm (closed Sundays). It has a wide variety of produce to pick, from blackcurrants and strawberries to courgettes and French beans. See their handy crops calendar which shows you what is available and when. Tel: O118 978 5386. They also have a farm shop.
Address: Grays Farm, Heathlands Road, Wokingham, RG40 3AN

Copas Farms Fruit Fields, Cookham, is currently open (at 16/07/2020). During their open season, they have variable opening hours, at the time of writing they are open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm, though please use their 24-hour Message Line 01628 529511 which gives up-to-date information regarding opening times and produce availability. They – and we! – advise that you call this line before you visit. They also have a farm shop.
Address: Lower Mount Farm, Long Lane, Cookham SL6 9RF

Cobbs Farm, Hungerford, has taken the difficult decision not to open its Pick Your Own Farm section this year, however its Farm Shop & Kitchen is still open and full of fresh, local produce.
Address: Bath Road, Hungerford, RG17 0SP

Strawberry Picking Sujit Kumar CC BY-SA 3.0