The strawberry and raspberry tunnels are liberally sprinkled with beautiful red fruit, while in the fields, there are the first tender broad beans ready for picking, with tiny gooseberries - a bit later this year and still a little sour, but sweetening up over the next week or so. While we are at the peak of the strawberry crop, the raspberries will be even more plentiful at the end of June.
Over the next fortnight, we will have tummelberries and early blackberries ready to pick, while the loganberries are ready to pick now. We have made the most of this glut of fruit and Martin the chef has been 'jamming' away to produce jars of our home made (award winning) jam. I'm eagerly awaiting the blackcurrants, because our blackcurrant jam is my dieting Achilles Heel...we'll have to wait 2-3 weeks for those.
Remember that there are discounts for strawberries picked in larger quantities - 10% for 10lb or more, 20% for 20lb or more... time to get jamming!
Fruit picking is a great family day out, even in wet weather... (yes, I have just glanced out of the window to see Chris struggling through the wind and rain to take veg from the fields to the TM shelves. Did I blink and miss summer...?!) but our strawberry and raspberry tunnels are dry and very warm even in this miserable weather, and your harvesting success can be celebrated with a hot chocolate or slab of homemade cake in the restaurant, which is open all day.
Homegrown produce on the TM shelves now..
Just like the Pick Your Own, prime - time for our home grown produce is upon us, with TM shelves teaming with our own bunched carrots, purple sprouting broccoli, sweetheart and primo cabbage, early season swede, lettuce and Charlotte or Maris Peer potatoes with fennel, pak-choi, celery and bunched spinach all coming in this week. And if you don't fancy picking your own fruit, let us pick it for you - by the basket or punnet, there is plenty of fruit in the Market, ready - picked, or you can place orders over the phone or counter for fruit to be picked and collected at your convenience.