Grove farm is a pick your own farm just outside Ivinghoe. Naturally the produce available changes with the seasons, but have a look on their website to see what’s currently available. When we visited there were raspberries, strawberries, potatoes, blackcurrants, onions, spinach and broad beans. Make sure that you pay attention to the signs re which patch to go to for the best picking on the day. We thought we were being clever went to the wrong strawberry field because it was closer to where we were but there was hardly anything there. Turns out they know their own farm pretty well!
I thought we’d only be there for an hour or so but we were there for about 4 hours in the end! It’s actually quite hard work digging up potatoes and trying to stop a toddler eating every single raspberry in the field! If you take a picnic with you then you can easily turn it into a full between-school-run day out.
In terms of facilities there aren’t really any there. They have a couple of port-a-loos (including one with a baby change). There is no running water in these and the hand gel was empty in at least one so make sure you take your own. There is parking (basically just a field) and the kiosk sells drinks and crisps.
Smallest child had an awesome time! It’s a great way to show kids where the food on their plates actually comes from. They expect there to be some eating on the field, and so the fruit is more expensive that if you just went to buy it from the supermarket. That’s not what PYO is about though it’s more about the experience and getting the freshest fruit and veg you can.
Free. Prices for the fruit and veg vary – have a look at the website for the prices of what’s currently available.
Parking / How to get there
Free, on-site. Grove Farm PYO, Great Gap, Ivinghoe. LU7 9DZ
Port-a-loos on site
There is space for a picnic if you’re there for a while.
3 / 5 – I love a good pick your own and I think they’re a really good way to show kids the connection between the stuff on their plate and the places it came from. Grove Farm seems to be our nearest place to do this. That said, I know there are some other pick your own farms in our region that offer a lot more in terms of facilities.
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