Last weekend, we decided to jump on the Instagram bandwagon and go strawberry picking! Arthur loves strawberries and was so excited to go (even though I'm pretty sure he didn't know what he'd really be doing) and luckily there was a place not-too-far-away, between Taunton and Bridgwater in Somerset.
Thurloxton Fruit Growers is a family run business that has been offering 'Pick Your Own' since 1973! Starting with just one acre of strawberries, the business has significantly grown over the years and now produces a wide range of fruit and vegetables across 25 acres. As well as delicious strawberries (some of the best we've ever had) they also have raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, loganberries, gooseberries and rhubarb all available to pick.
It was a really beautiful place and the blazing sun made it all the more glorious! We had fun finding and picking the best strawberries and there were plenty of opportunities for beautiful photos. Most of the photographs featured in this post were taken by my other half (check out his Instagram here). He has a real talent for it and has taken some lovely ones of me and Arthur (I've shared a few on my private Instagram) which I'll treasure.
Arthur really enjoyed picking the strawberries to start with but after about ten minutes, he'd lost interest and wanted to do something else. He'd spotted a tractor near the entrance and was desperate to have a sit on it and well, we couldn't blame him because it was pretty cool, as far as tractors go! We managed to distract him for a little while, making it a competition of who could pick the best strawberry and the promise (bribe) of an ice cream was enough to win his attention long enough to enjoy and complete our pick!
Although it's normal for toddlers to have limited attention spans, don't let it put you off going strawberry picking, as it's such a lovely thing to do as a family! Rachel over at The Illustrated Teacup Blog has shared some fantastic tips on how to survive pick your own fruit farms with a toddler in tow, so be sure to head over there and have a read before you go.
We almost filled a basket of strawberries and spent around £6-£7, which I think is very reasonable. All of the strawberries were excellent in quality and tasted delicious. We finished them off today, with me using the very last few to make some more homemade ice lollies!
It was a lovely family experience and something we'll definitely do again. Thurloxton Fruit Growers was the perfect place for it, so if you are looking for somewhere to Pick Your Own Fruit in Somerset, I definitely recommend it. You can also enjoy a tasty ice cream or refreshing drink after your pick and they take card payments; making it all the more convenient.
Have you been strawberry picking or is it something you'd like to do with your family?