Brambles... beautiful sight!
Passed by Stonehaven to get to Montrose
Upon arrival, we headed to the shop to get baskets/containers and the staff kindly pointed out the zones where we can pick fruits from. They have a wide range of fruits available here, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, brambles, gooseberries, currants, plums and apples. We have picked strawberries before in KL but not any of the other fruits, so the kids were super excited!
We first arrived at the plots with blueberry plants; blueberries are Baby D's favorite fruit. It was definitely a wonderful experience for our kids getting to see/touch a blueberry plant and picking fruits from it :) You could see them beaming with smiles.
Picking his first blueberry...
The strawberries are grown under a tunnel. Initially we were told that there were no strawberries available for picking, but we were so happy when we saw loads of plump juicy ones ready for picking. Before long, the kids have already filled a whole container, so it was time to move on to the next plot.
Daddy telling kids- pick the red and juicy ones :)
I got a box full of strawberries! Looking mighty pleased with himself
Scotland is known to grow some of the best raspberries in the world (we always buy loads from the supermarket) so we definitely must pick some here to bring home with us. Raspberries are really fun to pick, you have to slip them off the central white seed. And lovely to eat too!
Chloe picking raspberries
There were apples too, but we didn't pick any - just taking photos! :)
As well as plums
Ooooo and lots and lots of bramble (aka blackberry)- one of my favorites! Very prickly so be careful when you pick them. I think they look so pretty.
The red ones are really really tart... u got to pick the black ripe ones.
Once you have finished picking your fruits, simply bring them back to the shop to be weighed. They're really reasonably priced - blueberries £4.00/kg, brambles & raspberries £3.30/kg and strawberries £3.00/kg. I think we paid less than £3 for all the fruits that we picked (almost 600g of strawberries). I was also impressed that the fruits kept really well, we had them in the fridge for about a week and they were still super fresh. Most importantly, we had a really wonderful time picking the fruits.
There is a large play area for kids and a super huge sand pit, unfortunately most of the toys/slides were wet due to the rainfall earlier so we didn't get to play much.
Instead we went to the coffee shop and had hot chocolates to warm ourselves up. The kids shared a bacon butty while we had the warm asparagus soup with roll as well as a big breakfast. :)
Yummy hot chocolate
Cosy coffee shop with friendly staff
They also have ready-picked fruits and vegetables (marrow, courgettes) as well as their famous strawberry tarts for sale in the shop.
Verdict: A great place for a fun family day out! :) Highly recommended.
Opening times: According to their website, fruit picking is available from March to December. March 24th - June: 10am - 4pm; July - August: 9am - 5pm; September/October/December: 10am - 4.30pm.
Price: Total bill at coffee shop £18.00.
Location: Charleton Fruit Farm, Hillside, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9EW (1 Mile North of Montrose on the A92).
Tel : +44 (0)1674 830226
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