There’s no better way to spend a summer’s day than strawberry picking and these five farms around Leeds offer just that.
It’s one of those quintessentially British activities for the summertime, strawberry picking at a country farm under the sun’s rays – if you’re lucky. You’ll be happy to know that there are farms in and around Leeds where you can do it, with a few other fruits and veggies for you to get your hands on along the way. So make the most of the summer sun and fill your fridge on a marvellous day out.
Kemps Farm Pick Your Own
Just a short drive from the city centre, Horsforth is home to Kemps Farm Pick Your Own, a 60-year-old farm that’s been offering strawberry and raspberry picking in Leeds since 1984 – and it’s still just as popular today. Pick up a basket when you arrive and fill it with fresh berries, but be sure to follow the rules – don’t throw the fruit and don’t eat it before you pay at the end. Come along at the weekend and you can make it a full family day out with tractor and trailer rides.
Kemps Farm, West End Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5ES. Strawberry picking season starts mid-June and ends late-July.
Farmer Copley’s Strawberry Experience
Just half an hour’s drive from Leeds in Pontefract, Farmer Copley’s has fruit fields chock full of tasty strawberries and raspberries and you’ll have a great time picking them as part of their Strawberry Experience. Park up, grab a basket and roam through the field picking your fruit, before heading back to their cabin to pay. Their farm shop has gone strawberry-mad too, so you can stock up on strawberry jam, fudge, cakes and juices – you can even enjoy them in a nice cold glass of Pimm’s at the Moo Café next door.
Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 5AF. Strawberry picking season starts mid-June and ends mid-July.
Woodside Farm Pick Your Own
Woodside Farm is a small family-run farm only 45 minutes from Leeds by car, where you can pick fresh fruit to take home. Throughout June and July, you can enter their fruit fields and pick from a whole slew of fruit and veg – they grow strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and even broad beans, so grab a basket and pay when you’ve filled it up. If you’re in luck, there might even be some freshly-dug potatoes to buy at the gate.
Woodside Farm, Appleton Road, Acaster Malbis, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 2XA. Strawberry picking season begins in mid-June and ends at the end of July.
Bert’s Barrow is a small family-run farm with a huge patch of strawberry plants open to the public. Head down in the summer to catch their pick your own season. They’ll give you your own container, then it’s up to you to pick the juiciest and best of the bunch before paying in the shop. Finish off your visit with a browse of their farm shop and maybe pick up your own pot of homemade jam to go with your strawberries.
Bert’s Barrow, Austfield Farm, Austfield Lane, Hillam, North Yorkshire, LS25 5NQ. Strawberry picking season starts early June and ends mid-July.
Spuds and Berries
Spuds and Berries is the perfect strawberry picking day trip near Leeds. It’s a farm shop kitted out with a huge Poly tunnel filled with strawberry plants, and because it’s completely covered, you can visit come rain or shine. Bring your own container or pick up a punnet and work your way along the rows. Just be sure to wear sensible shoes, as the floor can be slippery after watering.
Spuds and Berries, Hull Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO8 6EL. Strawberry picking season starts mid-June and ends early-July.