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The PYO is now open for 2019
Our Pick Your Own is open from April 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, farming isn't an exact science and the availability of our crops is heavily dependent on the weather. Our crop calendar provides a general guide when crops as usually available, but please remember this is only a guide! Picking dates vary from year to year.
During the picking season, crops can become unavailable due to unfavourable weather conditions or simply because the farm has been unexpectedly busy. To avoid disappointment we strongly advise customers to phone ahead and check availability on the day, 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.
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 compromises 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 climb over fences or visit the any other area of the farm before paying for crops. Doing so is generally viewed 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 even if the crops look ready to pick. 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
- 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.
Can I wash my fruit and veg?
No, we do not provide facilities for you to wash your crops. We recommend you leave washing your crops to the last minute as washing causes crops to start deteriorating. The purpose of our farm is to provide you with crops to take home and enjoy!
Can I bring a picnic?
There is a designated grassy picnic area outside of Crockford's Corner. BBQ's are not permitted anywhere on the farm and we ask picnickers to please take their rubbish home with them.
Food and drink may not be taken on to the farm or into Crockford's Corner. The seating area and waste disposal facilities are provided for customers of the Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Shack only.
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. Generally the farm is only open to individual domestic customers wishing to pick fruit. Coach parties and educational visits are accepted only at our discretion and with our prior agreement. We reserve the right to charge an entry fee to organised tours and commercial operators bringing their customers to our farm. Please email us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org