Monday, 5 October 2015

Grove pick your own (pyo) farm, Bedfordshire


I love growing and picking my own fruit and vegetables but my garden is quite lacking and my gardening skills even more so. Imagine my delight then, when I found this extensive pick your own (pyo) farm just a few miles from where I live.

Grove farm is a large (over 80 acres) pick your own farm growing over 30 varieties of fruit and vegetables situated just outside Leighton Buzzard. It is well worth a visit just for how picturesque it is, even if you don't really want to pick anything, though once you're there it's hard not to get stuck in! We pottered on over on a sunny September day last week and I felt compelled to share it with you!

There's quite a lot of pictures in this post, so I'm mostly going to let them do the talking.








The sunflowers are so huge, I tried to get this across in the pictures but it was so hard, some of them literally towered over me!





Rows and rows of sweetcorn! A lot more rustic looking than any you'll find in the supermarket.










Potatoes, I pretty much stayed away from these, because a. I try and stay away from potatoes for carb reasons, but also b. I didn't want to walk over the soil as I was wearing very inappropriate footwear!



Onions- I don't think I'd ever really appreciated how long an onion can be, and look at those lovely white flowers- so pretty!



I certainly didn't stay away from these bad boys! I love round courgettes and they're usually pretty hard to find, and super expensive when you do find them. the courgettes were stuffed my favourite way and the flowers, stuffed with ricotta and herbs and then fried and popped atop a salad - more of this in a future post!



Cucumbers, I bought four of these and they came to less than £1- such a bargain! Much tastier than their supermarket counterparts also.








Rows and rows of runner beans, now there was no sign up saying you couldn't take the flowers so a few may have found their way into my bag... These again went on a salad and looked beautiful!


Garlic remnants, again so cheap, four cloves came to just under 40p!



Raspberries, these have been out of season but just come back, I got to these pretty near the end of our trip so didn't have the energy (or my glasses on) to forage for many of these, they're also pretty popular so best to go early in the day for these.
 



Plums, I don't think you're allowed to pick these but there's lots already picked for you to buy.




 


Lots of unusual shapes of carrots, didn't actually pick one traditional shaped one.


If you're not in a foraging mood there's plenty to buy that's already been freshly picked and at a very reasonable price.


We'd been there so long that by the time it was time to leave the season had changed to autumn!

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