A couple of years ago we had a vegetable garden, behind our house in the Netherlands, our first house where Ralf and I went to live together. The house wasn’t that big, but the garden was big enough for a spacious vegetable garden. Something that we were quite proud of at the time and where we paid much attention to. The ground and the position of the sun made it possible. But to be honest, the harvest was far from enough to be able to eat all of it during the week. And because we prefer organic products we try to supplement as often as possible with products from the local producer. Whether it concerns meat, fish, dairy, vegetables or fruit.
In the Netherlands we had our favorite addresses where we did our weekly shopping online or in the store itself. Such as the Lindenhoff in Baambrugge, the Fenix Food Factory on Katendrecht, the Oesterij in Yerseke or Fruitheerlijkheid in Papendrecht. And now that we live in London, we’re certainly trying to continue this and are gradually exploring the local environment in the field of organic food. For example, we regularly visit the Chiswick Farmers Market on Sunday, are known with Farmdrop.com and found a nice new address last week which we will definitely put in our list of favorites: Copas Farm.
This farm in Iver (about 20 minutes drive from our house) is a spacious nursery where you have the opportunity to pick your own fruit and vegetables. After paying an entry fee of £3, you can take a cardboard tray or bucket which you can fill as much as you want. When you have finished picking, the weight determines the price. Everything will be weighed and arranged in the nearby store of the farm.
Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat the fruit and vegetables while you’re picking. If you just want to walk, pick some fruit and want to eat it immediately, then it’s better to join one of the special Fruit Festival days. Usually these are organized in peak seasons, where there is a surplus of fruit. View the calendar for more information about this event here.
In addition to being able to pick your own fruit and vegetables at Copas Farm, the farm also offers the space to enter the surrounding fields via paved footpaths. A nice way to discover the nature around the nursery and learn more about the soil where everything grows.
You can imagine that Lara was very happy when she saw hundreds of strawberries. But not only our three-year-old daughter, mum and dad got very excited as well and made their way through the fields full of beans, beets and gooseberries. Because of the enthusiasm you almost forget that you have to eat everything in the coming days.
When the bags and bins are full, it’s time to return to the store to take stock. And as expected, the final bill is not very high. Copas Farm is not only cheaply, but it’s also nice to know where your products come from. Moreover, the activity is very educational, Lara found it all very impressive and asked a lot of questions while we were exploring the farm. In the end as a family we had a very nice afternoon in the open air and will definitely visit this address more often.
Important to know: because of the seasons, every month the range of fruit and vegetables that you can pick at the farm are changing. If you want to know what’s available during the year and want to plan you’re visit in advance, then please take a loot at the website of Copas Farm.
Copas Farm – Calves Lane Farm, Billet Ln, Iver SL0 0LU – 01753 652727 – www.copasfarm.co.uk