There is a reason we celebrate the harvest at this time of the year – it is when our British, local produce is at its best. Late summer fruit and vegetables are bursting with sun-filled goodness while the hedgerows and orchards are full of juicy autumn fruit and the ground is teeming with all the goodness of root vegetables and hardy greens. Here’s where to get your autumn harvest this year…
Local harvest hotspots
Stroud Farmer’s Market
This multi award-winning market is held every Saturday until 2pm and showcases a range of produce from local farms and small-holders. This September you can expect a colourful selection of ruby, golden, and candied beetroots from Paget’s, sun-ripened tomatoes from Coleshill Organic, freshly-picked plums from Court Farm and a mind-boggling variety of apples and pears from Day’s Cottage.
Don’t miss: visit Day’s Cottage to try a slice of Adams’ Pearmain – a beautiful, rich flavoured apple, Pitmaston Pineapple, a sweet little yellow apple with an unusual pineapple flavor, and Ashmead’s Kernel, a russet bred in Gloucestershire in 1700 – full of flavor, crisp and juicy and a great storer.
This busy PYO has been flat out all summer, with demand for strawberry-picking outstripping supply. The PYO strawberry season usually lasts into September, but there are plenty of other items to come and pick too – autumn raspberries are at their best in September, blackberries are sweet and full of flavour, golden corn on the cob is bursting with sunshine and, if you’re lucky, you might even get the tail end of the French and runner bean season.
Don’t miss: as well as PYO, there are plenty of other goodies to pick up in the farm shop, including a huge variety of local apples, pears and plums.
Hayles Fruit Farm
The PYO season runs throughout the whole of September and October at this 100-acre fruit farm. Apples, pears and plums are ripe for the picking, all on branches that are easily reachable. There are around 12 varieties of apple to choose from, comice and conference pears while plums are either Victoria or Marjorie seedlings. The pear crop in particular is looking really promising this year.
Don’t miss: Hayles does a fantastic range of single variety apple juices, using apples freshly picked by hand from the farm. See Meet the Producer for more information.
Voted one of the best PYO farms in the UK by National Geographic, Over Farm is a popular family destination. New for 2021 was PYO sunflowers while October sees the ever-popular PYO pumpkins, in preparation for the spooky Halloween activities that take place each year at the farm. The fantastic farm shop stocks a range of farm-grown produce during the harvest season including strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, sweetcorn, marrows and courgettes and a number of squashes and gourds.
Don’t miss: look out for the new line-up for the Barn on the Farm festival 2022 – an intimate family festival with some big names!
at Hayles Fruit Farm
Valid untill 20th October 2021 at Hayles Fruit Farm
Receive 10% off apple juice and cider when you order online at http://www.haylesfruitfarm.co.uk
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