At the beginning of every Summer we field many, many questions about our Pick-Your-Own growing calendar, so we thought it would be useful to let you know what we've got growing this year.
For five months or so during summer and early autumn (May to October), if the weather has been good to North Wales, the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop orchards and fields are abundant with beautiful fruit. This is when you are invited to come in and pick-your-own: a lovely family activity, and a great value way of buying nutritious fresh fruit.
First up, there are have rows of gooseberries -75 bushes to be precise- which are ready to be picked in May, followed up by the redcurrants and blackcurrants, which are in plentiful supply by June. August brings the Victoria plums, which are always a favourite. Next you will find a variety of English apples, including Russets, Katys and Discoveries, and by the time September arrives, the 125 trees are groaning under the weight of all the apples. Those that are taken down the road to the local press to be turned into the award-winning Hawarden Estate Apple Juice. Autumn also means Conference pears, Bramley cooking apples and Autumn raspberries in abundance. This year for the first time the team will be planting up 1000 corn on the cob plants, perfect for roasting over the campfire at The Good Life Experience festival. And last of all come the pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, and a rainbow of colours. This year we’re planting up a bumper 5000 seedlings to make sure nobody is without when Halloween comes round.
Pick up a pot or punnet at the Farm Shop, and then come back for weighing. Over the summer at our Smoke Shack we have our barbecue fired up with delicious wood-fired street food; we also serve delicious Plas Farm ice cream.
Take a look at our Instagram hashtag #pyohawarden to see our pick-your-own in the wild!