RIPE FOR THE PICKING
For a breath of fresh air during these strange times, Kenyon Hall Farm is gearing up to open the gates for its fruitpicking season in the village of Croft. And if you’ve never plucked berries direct from the bush on bright-skied dewy days, this is one for your Cheshire must-do-list. In July, there will be strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, mange tout and sugar snap peas blooming, and a bounty of fruit and veg there for the taking – a tradition that’s been orchestrated for more than 40 years by owners Tod and Barbara Bulmer. The duo has spent decades cultivating their corner of Cheshire – a corner that’s been in the family for 500 years, but one they’ve tweaked so it is now both faithful to the terroir and a shining example of modern farming. There’s also a café (that’s shuttered shop for now), plus a plant centre and a farm shop that have remained open throughout lockdown, where you can stock up on artisan treats and fresh local produce, including honey from their hives and duck eggs from their own flock, seven days a week.