Profitable tip: Strawberry Fields, Lifton, DevonLet me take you down … to the cream of the crop, an 81-hectare (200-acre) slice of Devon heaven on the banks of the River Lyd, the place you’ll uncover life isn’t a bowl of cherries … it’s really a punnet of strawberries. Nestled on the doorstep of Wooladon Property and recognized domestically as Lifton’s Strawberry Fields, you’ll be able to berry decide right here to your coronary heart’s content material amongst hay bales adorned as Peter Rabbit and novelty scarecrows that might give Worzel a run for his cash. The farm additionally provides PYO apples and pears, and miniature picnic tables stacked excessive with pasties and pastries, that make you’re feeling like Gulliver in Lilliput. It’s £1.50 a reserving slot for PYO and from £7.50 per 1kg. HHawkswick Lodge Farm, HertfordshireFreshly picked blackberries – a fruit that is available in a number of varieties on PYO farms. {Photograph}: Christina Bollen/AlamyHawkswick Lodge is a tiny, family-run fruit farm on the outskirts of St Albans. It could be small, however it’s mighty in terms of the vary of soppy fruits you’ll be able to decide right here. Three varieties of strawberry embrace the musically named sonata and jive varieties; 4 varieties of blackberries, together with the supersize Karaka; plus raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. They’ve embraced the “no mow” philosophy with patches of untamed grasses, buttercups and clover that entice bumblebees, in addition to peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies that sunbathe on the paths. The farm has delayed opening due to latest poor climate however says the berries because of this ought to style additional candy this yr. Opens 3 July, WrightProfileReaders’ ideas: ship a tip for an opportunity to win a £200 voucher for a Sawday’s stayShow Guardian Journey readers’ tipsEvery week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A choice of ideas might be featured on-line and will seem in print. To enter the newest competitors go to the readers’ ideas homepage-Thanks on your suggestions.Steve Harris, HampshireSunflowers are a giant attraction at Steve Harris farmThe Titchfield space has been a hub for strawberries since Victorian instances. We’ve been going to Steve Harris since we had been children, for pick-your-own strawberries (from £2.50 per small punnet). It additionally has PYO raspberries and sunflowers, in addition to pumpkins in autumn. The placement is a good cease en path to Meon Shore, to devour your pickings on the sunny (or not so sunny) seaside. AzorHill Farm, CambridgeshirePicking Victoria plums at Hill Farm in Peterborough. {Photograph}: Paul Marriott/AlamyJust a couple of miles south-west of Peterborough, close to Chesterton, is Hill Farm, so-named as a result of you need to go up a steep hill to succeed in it. On the high is a good view of the encompassing flat surroundings. The farm store has ready-picked fruit and veg plus different necessities, like cream, and selfmade chunks of sponge cake to have with a cuppa, whereas the youngsters benefit from the playground and throw a ball for the farm sheepdogs. In fact there are a number of sorts of strawberries, plus fruit on your summer season pudding, to not point out the rows of majestic sweetcorn later within the season. The enjoyable ends at Halloween, when the pumpkins are prepared – nice orange orbs ready for the knife.’s Farm, Queensferry, EdinburghPumpkin choosing at Craigie Farm in South Queensferry. {Photograph}: Jane Barlow/PAI love Craigie’s Farm. Together with strawberries, it has fantastic raspberries, cherry bushes, blackberries, currants, and scrumptious veg, and has an October pumpkin season too. A few summers in the past I visited whereas 9 months pregnant, then once more the next yr with my one-year old-daughter, who ate her physique weight in strawberries. I’m particularly trying ahead to going this summer season as soon as the fruit is in season, as they’ve not too long ago opened up an lovely trying farm-themed play space for teenagers too, subsequent to their pleasant cafe and farm store. I’m so trying ahead to persevering with our custom this yr too. Manor Farm, OxfordBeer backyard at Medley Manor FarmMy favorite pick-your-own farm is surprisingly and conveniently positioned a brief stroll from central Oxford. I preserve my eye on the signal on the finish of the lane asserting which produce is ripe, and counting down the times till the raspberries are prepared. In addition to choosing your personal, you’ll be able to get pleasure from fruit prepared picked and baked into tempting desserts on the weekend cafe. This yr they’ve additionally opened a fantastic riverside beer backyard at present providing cocktails made with farm-grown rhubarb. Farm, Enfield, LondonNorth London fare at Parkside Farm. {Photograph}: ZUMA Press, Inc./AlamyParkside Farm is near the place we stay and has been run by the identical household since 1938. The PYO space is sort of 20 hectares, with not simply strawberries and different fruits but additionally greens like beans, beetroot, marrows, sweetcorn, and so forth. There’s ample area for parking and it additionally has a farm store that sells ice-creams, drinks and extra. It’s at all times like a enjoyable day journey after we go to. Fruit Farm, close to CreweTayberries are named after the River Tay in Scotland and are a cross between pink raspberries and blackberries. {Photograph}: M Schuppich/AlamyI like to take the youngsters to Woore Fruit Farm. Open from Might to October, there are delights available together with strawberries, apples, tayberries, pumpkins, and so forth. I like my kids to know the place their meals comes from they usually like to fill their baskets and plan to make pies, sorbets and fruit salads once they get residence – though they at all times eat a very good chunk earlier than any plans are enacted. My tip is to not simply see fruit farms as a spot to select strawberries in August however to go throughout all their opening months, as you get way more there than simply strawberries. Farm, Angmering, West SussexA waggon journey at Roundstone PYO Farm. {Photograph}: Martin BloomfieldFresh air, fruit and household enjoyable. When the youngsters had been little, they liked stomping up and down the rows, studying priceless classes about nature and the issue of thorns. As younger adults they nonetheless ask for household journeys to fill luggage and containers with gentle fruits of summer season and autumn’s plums and pumpkins. Every part’s grown in environmentally pleasant methods and you’ll stroll to all of the fields, though the tractor journey is welcome when luggage get heavy; which they do, as a result of we at all times decide an excessive amount of. However hey, that’s what freezers are for! farm, close to Promoting, Kent {Photograph}: Kyaw Thiha/AlamyA fantastic, scenic place the place you’ll be able to decide contemporary berries. Only a few miles down the highway is Perry Wooden, the place you’ll be able to munch them in lovely woodlands on high of a hill with panoramic views. Vital word: when paying on the PYO, keep in mind to wipe the juice out of your face. On FacebookSteve