Since I’m on mat leave and Dave still has his one day a week off, and Milo’s swimming and gymnastics aren’t on during the school holidays we’ve been going out on excursions instead. We’ve been to a couple of fruit picking places so far and I thought I’d do a post on that. I hadn’t intended to blog them initially, so I didn’t take any pictures of the first place we went to, just ones of Milo for the project 52 that week, so all the ones of scenery are from the second one. Anyway, I thought it might be useful to write a little bit about them both.
The first place we went to was Belhaven Farm near Dunbar. Now obviously that’s quite far, but it’s just off the motorway exit, so it’s pretty accessible from Edinburgh (also I know lots of people commute from Dunbar, so it’s probably just far to my spoilt city-based standards).
It’s quite a small place, they grow strawberries, only, I think there were six polytunnels. There’s also a really nice shop with a cafe, and an outdoor play area. Added bonus is that the site is next to train tracks, with regular trains, which keeps any transport obsessed kids (as aren’t they all?) happy. We went on a Monday morning, so there were hardly any people in the strawberry picking bit, but lots of people arrived at lunch time just as we were leaving.
The other place is Craigie’s Farm near South Queensferry. This is nearer but we needed to cross the city, and the roads are busier, so I actually found this a less enjoyable journey. They both took about the same time.
This is a much bigger place. As well as strawberries, they’ve got raspberries, gooseberries, red- white- and blackcurrants and cherries. It’s a massive site, with tons of tunnels/outside row for each, we didn’t actually look at it all. There’s actually some kind of trail for people wanting to go for a walk, and some nice views of the Forth. There’s also some pigs, chickens and ponies to look at, a garden centre type shop/cafe, and an outdoor play area. We went on a Saturday morning and it did get really busy. The site is so big that people can easily disperse in the fields and tunnels, but there were queues to get in and to pay and the playground and cafe were too busy for me really.
Anyway, we got lots of fruit. We’ve made strawberry and blackcurrant jam and a raspberry cake already, and are planning on making gooseberry jam still.