On a family holiday to London last month, we decided to try a fun activity for kids with a difference – Strawberry picking. After much deliberation about where to go, we decided to go to a popular strawberry picking farm recommended by many friends – #Garsons picking farm in Esher in London (https://www.garsons.co.uk)
Brief history of the Garsons Farm
A heritage business, the origins of the Garsons Picking Farm go all the way back to 1871. George Henry, the second son of Mary Thompson, farming in Hersham, took the opportunity to move to West End Village in 1871, starting the business as is now known as Garsons.
The mixed farm gradually specialised in vegetable production, selling to greengrocers through the Borough Market by London Bridge. Following 100 years of successful marketing to London greengrocers the 1970’s heralded the rise of the Supermarkets and a great change in food marketing. Garson Farm was left out in the rush to procure cheap food from international suppliers. The family’s response to this was to produce a broader range of fruit and vegetables for the closest of customers and sell it all retail. Hence the horticultural business you see today after nearly 30 years of Pick Your Own.
(*picture and info courtesy Garsons website)
Our day at the Farm
We left in the morning for our picking adventure to ensure we had ample time to check out the farm at leisure. Our self-drive to Garsons Farm from London was about an hour and 45 minutes and we reached the farm to find a whole lot of people already present picking through the ‘fields’. On reaching the farm, we also realised that the farm offered many different “fields’ with different vegetables and fruits to choose from. Our favourites turned out to be potatoes (Indians love potatoes), corns, blueberries and strawberries and we started with corn and other vegetable fields. Fortunately, the weather was lovely and supported us with cool breeze and dark clouds and made the picking activity quite enjoyable.
We started with the corn and potato fields and enjoyed picking through the tall corn plants and digging the ground to look for potatoes.
Niece enjoying picking at the Farm
How it works
Entry to the farm is free and bringing your own car is the best way to go around the farm. Once you have picked the fruits or vegetables you need, you can make payment at the Payment Counters located next to each field. Eating fruits or vegetables is not allowed and you can carry your own bags for the pickings, though you are provided with baskets in fruits and berries sections. All cars are checked at exit and therefore hiding strawberries is also not allowed
Our favourite section at the Farm – Strawberry Picking
Finally, recapping the post with pictures of the field that we loved the most – Strawberry Field. As far as you could see, it was strawberries and strawberries all over. Kids in the family enjoyed this section the most and collected baskets and baskets of strawberries. Hope you enjoyed reading this post and do try and visit Garsons whenever traveling to London.
Till then, Cheers and keep traveling,