A local advised us to take this picturesque path to the farm, which was such a lovely surprise. When you live in London you sometimes forget how charming the English countryside can be; I couldn’t think of better way to spend my weekend.
When we got to the farm, we set to picking the freshest produce.
Beautiful chard and spinach for my green smoothies? Yes please.
The red currants weren’t quite ripe yet (sad face) but it’s now high season, so go picking!
After a couple of hours, this was our booty: strawberries, rhubarb (for a crumble I made – recipe coming soon!), a bunch of spinach and chard, TONS OF PEAS (I’m in love with peas – forever and for always), and some gooseberries for the mister (ew gooseberries).
And on the way back, along that same canal, we passed this majestic dog:
It was such a splendid day, and nothing compares to picking your own ingredients, fresh from the earth. I believe that this is how we were meant to be living, and sometimes I miss that lifestyle so much I feel a pinch in my heart. I was so blessed to grow up on a farm. Someday I will live like that again.
If you would like to visit Crockford Bridge Farm yourself, here is what you need to know:
* Click here for their website.
New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU
* The nearest station is Byfleet & New Haw. Trains leaving from Waterloo to Woking will stop there (check nationalrail.co.uk)
• It is a good 25 minute walk along the road from the station to the farm, and about 40 minutes via the dirt path, which starts some way along the road, on your right. You need to go around the lake, then follow the path along a field, which then leads to the farm on your left. Print a map of the area before leaving.
* Check which fruits and vegetables are in season at the moment to avoid disappointment.
* Walking a bit further down the field to where the crops haven’t picked as much will ensure you get good ripe produce. Most people tend to be a bit lazy and not walk too far into the fields, but that’s how you miss the good stuff.
* They have a lovely farm shop with heaps of homemade jams, cakes, breads and freshly picked produce, and an ice cream parlour in the summer.
Do you ever eat food fresh from the farm? What do you think about growing your own food, or supporting your local farmers?