Hi Cool Cats!
I spent the last few days with some amazing friends in Wiltshire. It was a slightly scary weekend, as I was introducing them to my new fella Henry for the first time... (You've already met him though, we've known each other for yonks and he was my little helper when I made my Raspberry & Basil Sorbet.) I'm pleased to report it went very well and we all left firm friends. The weather was determined to ruin all of our plans, but we made the best of it; a little indoor picnic never hurt anybody, did it?
As there were a few hours of sunshine yesterday, Henry and I decided to make a detour on the way home, and found ourselves at Lotmead Farm for a spot of strawberry picking.
I think that strawberry picking is the best idea ever. It's a really fun, lovely, and peaceful afternoon, and you're left with a ton of goodies to take home. I love fresh fruit, and this is a much cheaper way of getting it than the supermarket.
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We spent about an hour foraging for the ripest, reddest strawberries, stopping occasionally for a taste. I had a strawberry patch in the garden when I was little, and was told to find the slightly manky berries that had been nibbled by insects, as they know which ones are sweetest. It's completely true, if you chop of the nasty bits they're perfect (also you don't have to feel guilty about eating them while you're there, as they'd only go to waste otherwise).
The strawberries at Lotmead are delicious - far superior to anything I've bought this year.
In the strawberry fields, we bumped into the owner, who told us a bit about the farm (they've planted over sixty thousand strawberry plants this year - enough to satiate even the most fanatic picker!).
He very kindly showed us where the best, unplundered plants were, and told us to check the strawberries the whole way around before picking them, as some haven't ripened totally yet.
Eventually, having filed our punnet and our tummies, we headed to the farm shop, to pay up, and grab some locally baked cookies and shortbread, for sustenance on the return journey.
The farm shop also sold jam sugar, so let's just say I've got big plans for my spoils of the day.
We found Lotmead Farm through pickyourown.org, which is a perfect little website if you fancy grabbing some fresh, local produce. You can find everything from your berries to your vegetables (but I don't like vegetables - I think they're boring).
How was your weekend?