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Pick Your Own

To reduce plastic waste, we encourage customers to bring their own containers for picking.

 

Strawberries

 

The season starts with our first Strawberries, until late in the Autumn.

This year it is a very early season and we have just started Pick Your Own Strawberries, three weeks earlier than last year.

Grown early under protection, these herald in the beginning of the summer in Kent.

The first strawberries are often the best flavoured of all.

 

Raspberries

 

Our second Pick Your Own crop will be Raspberries A traditional fruit, they are great for making jams, desserts and wine. Unfortunately due to bad weather our raspberry crop will be delayed for few weeks.

However, raspberries grow through to the end of September, giving people plenty of time to pick their fill. They are a popular fruit and can be used for jams, puddings, on your breakfast granola or in delicious smoothies. 

 

Redcurrant, Blackcurrant & Blackberries

 

Blackcurrants & Redcurrants come in July and last for about a month. These provide the middle of the season with colour, flavour and versatility. Delicious as jams, you can also make wonderful sorbets, easy jellies and quick  compotes to accompany roasted meats. Blackberries season begins in mid- July and last until the first frost.

Try mixing them with other fruit for comfort food such as crumbles and, of course, summer pudding. 

 

Plums

 

In August comes the Plum season. We grow varieties from Opal, Czar, Jubilee, Victoria and Marjories to make the most of English fruits into early September.  Plums are fantastic for making jams, chutneys cakes and crumbles but are also delicious on their own or as an alternative topping for a pavlova. 

 

Apples

 

We end the season with our wide range of English Apples. Kent is famous for its apples and we are proud to grow Discovery, Cox, Russet, Bramley, Gala, among other varieties. They all have a unique flavour, texture and appearance; just ask us for advice if you are not sure what to pick.  Whether you want to freeze some apple and blackberry crumble for the winter months, make your own cider or simply have the freshest fruit bowl in town, we have the apples for you. 

 
 

At Downingbury Farm the safety and well-being of our customers and staff is of utmost importance. Our rules will be explained before you enter the fields and clearly displayed throughout,

so please ensure you pay close attention.

Our fields open at 9:30am and  last  entry   for pick your own i16:30pm Monday - Saturday ,  9:30am - 15:30pm Sunday. 

Pick Your Own fruit gathering is a great outing for all the family, we have a small sheltered area with a coffee machine, if you all want to take a little break from your harvesting work.

Our farm is known for a great variety of fruits and berries. We harvest these for sale in our local shops, but our fields are also open for you to come and hand-pick your own. 

The process of selecting and picking your own produce is rewarding and makes a great family activity.

Much of our produce is protected from the elements in our poly-tunnels meaning you can come and pick whatever the weather.

If you don’t have the time to pick your own fruit, we have plenty available for you in our lovely farm shop.

For any more details on the crops, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in the summer! We have a good facebook page and we share all the news about the farm through instagram & facebook platforms.