I’ve had a few inquires about where I pick my fruit and so I thought I’d share the details here. The only place I have found in the Southend area is Hilltop Farm. It is a beautiful small fruit farm in Benfleet, Essex, on Hilltop Avenue. Drive down a small road off Vicarage Hill near Benfleet Road and find it near the end of this lane. It is not far from the Benfleet Water Tower. You can check out a map here. The only day they are closed is Monday and starting from this Wednesday 6th July they are open from 10.30 – 4pm.
There is a swing and slide for children to play on and a toilet if needed, plus a great view over the fields between Benfleet and Thundersley. My son loves to visit because we get to see the farmer’s small tractor and chat to the farmer’s wife (who he calls the farmer lady) in the her make shift shop, all the simple pleasures he enjoys. I find the atmosphere on the farm really calming and a few hours there is a relaxing outing.
The fruit is very reasonably priced and it is a great way to spend a few hours. I use my fruit to make jam and it is possible to pick plenty of fruit and freeze it to eat throughout the year.
If you do not live in my local area I have found a really helpful website which identifies Pick Your Own Farms around the country. It is called PickYourOwnFarms.org.uk