Outdoor family activities

Outdoor family activity: Your month-by-month guide to fruit and veg picking

Fruit and vegetable picking is one of my favourite outdoor activities to do as a family. I remember going a couple of times with my parents when I was a child and I’ve wanted to go every summer since! My dad would remove all the green stalks off the fruit to make it weigh less (ie to make it cheaper at the end!).

Strawberry fields forever

Last year we completely missed the strawberry season. By the time I realised, all the fruit at our favourite ‘pick your own’ farm had gone. We made it just in time for the last of the raspberries – but let’s be honest, they’re not as good as strawberries.

Fruit and veg picking is great fun for all the family. Check out this handy month-by-month guide to when your favourite fruit and veg is in season.

So I don’t make the same mistake again, I’ve had a look to see what fruit and vegetables are in season throughout the year.

And to help you out too, here’s a month-by-month guide to when different fruit and vegetables should be ready to pick. Save this somewhere so you can keep it to hand and not miss out on your favourites!

Fruit and veg seasons:

  • Mid-June to mid-July: Strawberries, gooseberries
  • Late-June to late-July: Raspberries, tayberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, broad beans, garden peas, sugar snap peas, mangetout
  • Mid-July to mid-October: Blackberries
  • Late-August to November: Sweetcorn
  • October: Pumpkins

Where’s your favourite place to ‘pick your own’? Mine is Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington – it’s got a great farm shop and cafe too (always essential on a day out!).

Here's a really handy month-by-month guide to when your favouite fruit and veg is in season. Picking your own food is a really fun outdoor family activity to do with the children all year round. Read here and pin for reference!

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