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Due to the longest heatwave in 40 years, the availability of some crops is limited. Whilst this is very frustrating, we are asking customers to please bear with us. We are doing our very best to maximise picking availability in what are extreme conditions far beyond our control.
Sadly, the effects of the heatwave will continue to be felt long after the weather breaks, our crops have been under extreme stress for months and will take time to recover. Please check below for up to date crop availability.
Growing more every day
Our Pick Your Own is open from May to September, we grow more than 20 different crops of fruit and vegetables. Our picking season starts in late Spring with rhubarb and asparagus. From late May there are abundant crops of the strawberries and raspberries we are renowned for.
The benefit of picking your own fruit and veg is sourcing produce with the highest vitamin content and best possible taste. There really is no comparison to produce in supermarkets that due to lengthy supply chains has sometimes been harvested weeks before it hits the shelves.
Spending a day picking fruit is also a fun way to teach children where their food comes from.
Sadly, outdoor farming in the Great British weather is not an exact science. Crop timings and availability are heavily depending on weather conditions. Our crop guide below is updated regularly and will help you plan the ideal time for your visit.
Crops can become unavailable during the growing season due to unforeseen weather conditions or the farm being unexpectedly busy. To avoid disappointment we strongly advise customers to phone ahead and check availability, especially if you wish to pick a particular crop or are making a long journey.
Please scroll towards the end of the page for answers to frequently asked questions.
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Crockford Bridge Farm is a working farm and business. We respectfully ask all visitors read the following rules which are a condition of entry. We reserve the right to remove or refuse entry to anyone failing to follow our rules.
- Please do not eat our produce before paying for it. PYO farms rely on trust, eating fruit in the fields before paying for it is not only theft but undermines our ability to keep the farm open. We rely on the sale of our crops for our livelihood.
- Produce must be paid for when leaving the picking fields. Please do not visit the any other area of the farm before paying for crops. Doing so may be viewed as an attempt to avoid payment.
- Please do not climb over fences or gates, they are in place for security. Climbing over fences is generally seen as an attempt to avoid payment.
- Receipts must be kept as proof of payment at all times. Due to theft, security checks are in place.
- For your own safety, please pick only from the designated areas. Picking locations change and todays location may be very different from where you last picked. When fields are closed this is for very real Health and Safety reasons. High pressure irrigation systems, shooting and pest control and moving farm machinery are often in operation in closed areas.
- Please only pick ripe fruit! Unripe fruit will not continue to ripen! Picking unripe crops is a waste of both our crop and your money. Flowering crops may not be picked!
- Please pick only what you are prepared to pay for. Prices are clearly displayed at the entrance and our staff are happy to help you work out likely costs etc before you start picking. It is not acceptable to change your mind in the event you over pick.
- Please treat our fields with respect. Rows of crops are exciting for children to jump over but doing so can damage our crop and affect our livelihood.
Visiting the farm
- Dogs are welcome in communal areas of the farm. Unfortunately for hygiene reasons, dogs are not allowed in the picking fields, farm shop or Restaurant in the Wyevale Garden Centre at any times.
- Picnics are allowed only in the designated areas. Food may not be bought into Crockford’s corner and picnicking in the growing fields is not allowed at any time. BBQ’s are not allowed on the farm.
- Please supervise your children, Crockford Bridge Farm is a working farm with various hazards from moving farm vehicles, high pressure irrigation systems and uneven ground.
- Crockford Bridge Farm is private property. Access to the public is permitted only during opening hours. Picking outside of opening hours is not permitted and will be viewed as theft.
Our farm is one of the few large open spaces left in our surrounding neighbourhood. Despite the ever encroaching urban sprawl, our land actually forms part of the Surrey Green Belt.
Every year we work hard to grow the best quality fruit we can whilst minimising our impact on the environment. We employ highly skilled agronomists who work with us to achieve these aims.
We use an integrated crop management policy which employs natural predators to help with pest control.
Over recent years we have planted extensive new hedgerows to provide natural windbreaks and help encourage local fauna. We have also added a recyling station to Crockfords Corner.
Frequently asked questions.
Is there an entry charge to the farm?
No, there is no charge to enter the farm during the summer growing season.
How does your pricing work?
All fruit and veg is sold by weight. We supply empty punnets for you to pick into at the entrance to the farm. When you have finished picking, we weigh your produce and take payment at the exit.
Can I eat fruit in the picking fields?
No, eating our crops without paying for them is unacceptable. We rely on crops sales to keep the farm open as a viable business.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs on leads and responsible owners are welcome in communal areas of the farm for the majority of the year. Unfortunately, for hygiene reasons, dogs are not allowed in the picking fields or farm shop. Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs on the farm during our busy Pumpkin Patch event.
Are coach parties accepted?
No. Coach parties and educational visits are accepted only at our discretion and with prior booking only. Please email us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org