8 Pick Your Own Farms in Sussex

PYO Farms in Sussex

If you caught last week’s Sussex Gooseberry Fool recipe, you’ll know we’re enjoying a rekindled love of Sussex Pick Your Own farms. It’s a great way to keep your food miles down and support local and I’m sure my childhood summers spent picking raspberries are responsible for my great love of fruit. And although strawberry season may be over, there is still plenty of fruit and veg to be had.

Sussex PYO farms

Our pick of West Sussex Pick Your Own farms

For those in the west of Sussex, here are our favourite four PYO farms.

pick your own farms in Sussex

Roundstone Farm, nr Worthing

Offering a “guarantee that everything we sell at Roundstone ‘Pick Your Own’ Farm is 100% natural”, here you’ll find gooseberries, raspberries, plums, blackberries, redcurrants, black currants, rhubarb, pumpkins squash, marrows, courgettes and more.

They are open every day from 9 am to 5 pm but not when it rains.

pick your own fruit Sussex

Runcton Farm, nr Chichester  

In between Chichester and Pagham, Runcton Farm also includes a well-stocked farm shop and rather lovely café. There is plenty of PYO at this farm with a choice of rhubarb, strawberries, loganberries, blackberries, runner beans, broad beans, French beans, plums and greengages.

They are open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm (last admission to the field is 3.45 pm), again but not if it rains.

Pick your own plums

Paternosters Farm, nr Haywards Heath

Just outside Warninglid, this was the Sussex Pick Your Own farm of my childhood and it’s wonderful that all these years on, they’re still going. When I last visited (early July) they were concerned that they won’t have many plums this year but they have plenty of apples for picking. They don’t open for picking until late August or September but personally, that is my favourite time for picking and gathering in nature’s bounty.

pick your own apples in Sussex

New House Farm, nr Horsham

This is one for next year as this is predominantly a strawberry picking farm and the season is now over. However, they do have a great farm shop with lots of local produce and a tea room.

Pick your own strawberries in Sussex

Our pick of East Sussex Pick Your Own farms

For those in East Sussex, try these four PYO farms.

pick your own farms in Sussex

Tibbs Farm, near Rye

I stumbled upon Tibbs Farm during the course of my Rye travels earlier this year. They have a café with fabulous views and even more fabulous cake so my visit felt like destiny but it was also well in advance of the picking season. If you head this way now, they have gooseberries, apricots, strawberries (when in season), raspberries, blackcurrants, plums, blackberries as well as tayberries, loganberries, tummelberries (no, me neither) and boysenberries (nope, but I want to find out).

They are open daily 9 am to 5 pm.

Sussex Gooseberry Fool

Maynards Farm, nr Ticehurst

Having been to school in nearby Wadhurst, this is another farm of my youth! I haven’t been in a while but they appear to have every fruit you could desire, including blackcurrants, redcurrants, plums, Morello cherries, blackberries and rhubarb.

They are open every day during the summer from 9 am to 5. 30 pm.

Pick your own cherry

Oast Farm, nr Uckfield  

I haven’t visited Oast Farm (yet or that I can remember) but rumour has it they have a great café and farm shop. Expect lots of their own produce in the shop. They also engage in the ancient tradition of wassailing (a singing and dance ritual to awake the apple trees and to scare away evil spirits) in January so they are definitely on my “must visit” list. They have some limited PYO plums, redcurrants, cherries and blackberries but you are advised to check first.

pick your own farms in Sussex

Sharnfold Farm, nr Eastbourne

There’s lots going on here (including a farm trail) so it’s a good one for families.  When I last checked they still had some PYO strawberries left too! But if they run out, you can pick blackberries, rhubarb and redcurrants.

They are open 9. 30 am to 5 pm.

pick your own redcurrants in Sussex

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