Copas Farm – pick your own


Picking your own fruit and vegetables conjures up warm and loving child hood memories for many people, and, personally, I like the idea. There is something fun and satisfying about it and, for a short period of time, you allow yourself to go back to basics – a reminder of a simpler time. Anyway, with that all said, I have not visited many farms to do this: life just takes over, and popping to the supermarket seems to be the easy and obvious choice. Until now!   My friend Tracy was planning to take her children (Kaela and Zakian), and invited me along; and I extended the invitation to my 12-year-old niece, as thought it would be a good experience for all.  Copas Farm in Iver was the chosen destination and we agreed to meet there.

The farm is tucked away down a country lane, but easy to find, and there is ample parking. For the beginning of September, we were definitely lucky with the weather: it was a beautiful, hot sunny day – sun cream and hats were certainly required !

Copas Farm pick your own info

At the entrance, there is a board that tells you what is in season and ready for picking. This gives you an idea and helps you to plan your pick.  You can also check the ‘Current Availability’ page on the Copas Farm website before you go.

Copas Farm pick your own, strawberries

There is a fee per person which is then refunded on any picked fruit or vegetables. As you enter through the farm shop, the very helpful lady gives you a brief explanation (if you have not been before), and then points you to the punnets, plastic bags, etc. that can be used to put your pickings in, so that they can be weighed and paid for when you finish. The farm shop itself is well stocked, and is a nice place to have a wander around at the end, or before if you fancy it!

Armed with our punnets, and the information of what was in season, we headed out onto the farm. It is easy to find your way around as it is well signposted.

The first stop was strawberries, which seemed fitting for a sunny day, and there were rows and rows of them planted in raised containers off the ground, so they were easy to see and pick.

Then it was off to find the courgettes. At this point, reading the notices around the farm, we were deciding on what we would like to pick next and take home, and Zak answered “Ice cream!” Umm, I’m guessing that if there were such a thing, every child would want an ice cream crop in their garden! But it made sense, and, to keep the kids happy, we headed to the farm shop for a well-deserved ice cream break, which incidentally was on route to the plums.  Besides the wasps colony that decided to descend upon us, the outside seating area of the Farm shop is very pleasant.

Copas Farm pick your own, farm shop

Finally we headed for the plums which were across the road so, with all the precautions necessary, we navigated safely across to the plum trees. The fruit was plentiful and plums were definitely ready for picking.

This is a nice way to spend a few hours, either on your own or with the children, picking the seasonal fruit and vegetables. The fun then continues when all the hard work is turned into something delicious when you get home. My niece and I made the cake below with the strawberries and redcurrants we picked, which we enjoyed very much!

Jaspal Boyce's strawberry cake

The two Copas Farms are at: Lower Mount Farm, Long Lane, Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9EE; and Calves Lane Farm, Billet Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 0EU.   Open 10am to 7pm during the summer (BST).  Closed on Mondays. Note that the opening times will alter at the end of BST.

Opening times may vary in bad weather, or when the fruit and vegetables run out, so, to be certain, please call before you visit.

 

COOKHAM
01628 529511

 

IVER
01753 652727

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