Summer in the Strawberry Fields

We count ourselves lucky to have a Pick-Your-Own fruit farm just 5 minutes' drive from Hare Farm. Tibbs Farm is set on the banks of the Tillingham Valley, en route to Rye, East Sussex - and what a beautiful spot it is. 

Tibbs Farm Pick Your Own Fruit

There are very few P-Y-O opportunities around now. Less of us make jam, more of us are time poor and default to convenience shopping, and not many of us now have it as a must-do with the kids in the holidays. Fruit farmers have progressively  found it hard to make it pay.

We'd been another of those families falling into the "no-time" trap  when passing Tibbs Farm on many occasions before, but yesterday was different. We stopped, let loose and loved it. Buoyed by the warm afternoon sun with barely a breeze, we were passing by at 5ish, thinking it may well be closed. Instead we had an hour to "fill our boots" and forage for our tea before a flexible closing time of 6.

I'll argue it's the most quintessentially english summertime occupation of them all, and you really couldn't ask for a better setting to wallow in the dreamy world of strawberry fields and raspberry canes than at Tibbs Farm. Bathed in sun on the banks of the Tillingham valley, the unspoilt views of rolling orchards and sheep pastures extend for miles.  The pick-your-own part of the farm is expansive, yet helpfully  broken down into a whole variety of small fruit patches, including black and red currants, loganberries, blackberries as well as the most popular crop of them all -  raspberries and strawberries. 

Tis Farm Pick Your Own Strawberries

What better way is there to educate our children, than let them run free outdoors, identify the plant that produces their favourite fruit, and carefully pick their tea, finding the most delicious of them all. It took some time to fill our punnets, perhaps on purpose so to savour the whole experience, and delayed no doubt by wanting to find the biggest and tastiest of the crop, requiring therefore a little sampling along the way (an unsaid benefit of picking your own, of course). 

It really is an idyllic summer past-time for all who appreciate the simple things in life.  Please try and support Tibbs Farm before the season finishes.....

Tibbs Farm Pick-Your-Own is open all summer. Although the strawberry season is coming to an end, there is still a plentiful supply of other soft fruits. 


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