This weekend we discovered fruit-picking – I can’t believe we have never done this before! It was soooo much fun. This is definitely a toddler approved activity! I got the idea after seeing so many summer blog posts on fruit-picking around the country. And I had always seen this sign for ‘Copas Farm’ whenever we drove home – so we checked it out.
There’s actually two farms under the Copas Farm name, one in Cookham and one in Iver. Iver is the one we visited. It’s about a 10 minute drive from Slough town centre, off the Uxbridge Road and a little further up the same road as Langley Country Park on Billet Lane. It’s a narrow country road, but you know you’re there as it’s clearly signposted and there’s a big grass car park.
We entered though the giant hut and were greeted by a lovely young girl explaining how it works at Copas Farm and what fruit and veg were available to pick. The entrance free was £3 per person, including little people, [EDIT: Now £4 per person and you have to book a timeslot online before your visit] but when you pay for the fruit and veg you pick, the entrance fee is taken off the total. We picked up 3 little punnets and set off into the fields.
For me, I was entranced – it was a real life Farmville! Remember that facebook game we were all addicted to like 6 years ago? Rows and rows of vegetables! Tyler kept running off squealing with laughter, he was soooo excited! Here he is picking little courguettes. He’s obsessed with cucumbers, and as these were real look-a-likes, he was was so careful carrying around his ‘cumumbers’ in his little basket! We also picked some broad beans and french beans from the next rows.
We also picked one of these unusual looking pumpkins – they were bright yellow! And one gooseberry as I have no idea what you do with them.
Then we picked raspberries, which Tyler thought were strawberries. Well they do look alike too!
There were beetroots in front of us, and then some grass that had strawberries growing out of it. They were really really ripe, so they must have been leftovers from the last month. We walked across to the next section. I thought it was just leaves, but my husband informed my that these were peas! Peas in a pod – duh! There’s me thinking they only come in frozen peas bags 😉
We had a wander through the cherry trees before heading back to the shop to pay.
This is what we picked – french beans, a pumpkin, peas, raspberries, strawberries from the grass, courgeuttes, broad beans and one gooseberry.
It was 5pm closing time, so there was a little queue to pay. While my husband queued up, I had a look around. They have a cafe and picnic tables outside, and in the store they sell more fruit, veg, cakes and jars of honey and hot sauce.
We didn’t have to pay for what we picked as our entrance fee covered it – woohoo! At home, I prepped it all and made a random curry, served with peri peri chicken. And you know what, it tasted good!
We will definitely be visiting again, this was such a fun activity. And they tell me they’ll have strawberries, plums and sweetcorn next week!
If you fancy visiting Copas ‘Pick Your Own’ Farm, they are open May – September, so be quick, we’ve only got August and September left for picking!
Copas Farm: Calves Lane Farm, Billet Lane, Iver, Bucks SL0 0LU
Open: Tues – Thurs 10am – 6pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 1pm
Last entry 1 hour before closing time (May – September)
Tel: 01753 652727 (24 hour information line – worth calling to find out what produce is available to pick)