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new crop of strawberries now available 27th July

Thanks for waiting. At long last the first of the new crop of strawberries are now ready for picking. Please be aware  that we may occasionally have to close the field to allow  more of the fruit to ripen. Please always check either the website or answer phone to avoid disappointment. Thank you.

We still have good crops of raspberries, red and blackcurrants and blackberries. I am sorry but the gooseberries have now finished.IMG_2196


We are sorry that there will be NO strawberries available this weekend but we do hope to have a very large new crop  ready by wednesday of next week. Please be patient they will be worth it. This is a new variety called Jive which has had very good reviews on their trials,IMG_2169

We still have good crops of raspberries, blackberries and red and black currants. The gooseberries are now coming to the end of their season

Fruit Availability as at 17th July

We have been experiencing large numbers of Customers which has resulted in end of our available Ripe Strawberries today Sunday 17th July

Subject to the weather over the next few days we would expect our next Strawberries to be ready for picking on Friday 22nd July.

We are pleased to confirm we have plentiful amounts of Raspberries, Blackberries, Black & Red Currants. We have limited Red Gooseberries, but a good supply of Green Gooseberries.

Thank you for your continued interest and we look forward to your custom.

To Confirm last admission is 17.30 each day


We would like to advise you that next Friday 15th July we will unfortunately have to close due to the fact that our power is being cut for 12 hours. Obviously that means that we will have no telephone lines to work the card machine, no weighing scales and no till. Also the answer phone will not be on. Normal service should be resumed on Saturday 16th July.

On a happier note we now have excellent crops of strawberries, red and black currants, red and green gooseberries, a limited amount of raspberries, but with the main crops still to come and the first few blackberries.


We are sorry that we are unable to open the fruit farm today, sunday 3rd July. This is due to the fact that we do not have enough ripe fruit. We do hope to open again on Tuesday 5th July at 10.00 a.m. when we anticipate having a limited amount of strawberries and raspberries, a good crop of red currants and green gooseberries,  the first few black currants and possibly a few blackberries.

Please check the website again on Tuesday morning before coming or telephone 01727 831224. THANK YOU

Saturday 2nd July

We have a limited amount of strawberries but with plenty to come. We hope to have more raspberries by the end of next week. We also have red currants and green gooseberries available.

Please check the website or answer phone (01727831224) before coming as we are likely to run out of fruit before the weekend has finished


Thank you for all your patience. At long last we are opening our pick your own fruit farm. We shall open Friday 1st July, at 10.00 a.m.

We shall have available a limited amount of strawberries, the first crop of raspberries and red currants. The gooseberries and black currants we hope, weather permitting, should be ready in about a week.

Please keep checking the web site or answer phone(01727 831224) in case things change.

We look forward to seeing you soon and lets hope for some decent weather.

Latest news on opening of the fruit farm

IMG_1869Thankfully the recent warmer days and more importantly less cold nights have helped the fruit set after an excellent show of flower truss growth. We are about two weeks late this year but hope to open the farm on Saturday 25th June @ 9 a.m. We will update our website again next Saturday, 18th June.

Raspberry Bakewell cake


150g softened butter
150g golden caster sugar
150g self raising flour
150g ground almonds
2 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
6 tsp raspberry jam
150g raspberries
50g flaked almonds


Preheat oven to 180 c 160 c fan gas 4.
Line 22-24 cm loose bottom tin.
Put all ingredients (apart from fruit and jam ) in blender.
Place half of mixture into tin and smooth over.
Then dot jam over and then scatter with raspberries.
Put remainder of cake mix on top – don’t worry if it doesn’t cover completely.
Scatter almonds over and bake for 45-50 mins until golden brown.
Serve warm or at room temperature.


News about forthcoming pick your own 2016 season

Thank you for your interest in our forthcoming pick your own fruit season. The cold spring has delayed the fruit ripening and we expect to be open a little later than normal. The crops however are looking really encouraging.

Full details of the opening of the farm will be set out here in the next two weeks plus further information will be available on our answer phone 01727 831224.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Crunchy Gooseberry Whip


1 lb (400g) gooseberries
3 tablespoons
(45 ml) clear honey 10 fl oz
(250 ml) double cream, whipped
1½ oz (40g) butter
3 ozs (75g) wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 or (25g) hazelnuts, chopped and toasted 2 tablespoons
(30 ml) demerara sugar


  1. Place gooseberries in a pan with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water, cover and cook gently for 15 minutes until soft.
  2. Cool slightly, then puree in a blender or food processor. Sieve to remove tops and tails.
  3. Add honey and leave to cool. Stir in the whipped cream.
  4. Melt butter in frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown. Leave to cool, then stir in hazelnuts and sugar.
  5. Divide half the gooseberry whip between 4 glasses and cover with half of the crumbs.
  6. Repeat the layers finishing with crumbs. Freezing of this dessert is not recommended.


We shall be closing our pick your own farm this Friday 7th August for the final time this season. Basically there is very little fruit left to pick and we do not want our customers to be disappointed.

We would like to thank you all for your custom and look forward to seeing you again in June 2016.

Season ending soon

We are gradually coming to the end of our pick your own season. We still have a limited amount of raspberries, blackberries and currants, with a small amount still to come. The strawberries are basically finished and the remaining ones are small (but sweet).


Sorry but we are closed today Sunday 26th July, but will be open again on Tuesday the 28th at 10.00 a.m. We have very little ripe fruit available but should have good crops of raspberries, red and black currants and blackberries again by Tuesday. There will also be a limited amount of strawberries. Thank you.


We are open again today Saturday 25th July. We have good crops of raspberries red and black currants and blackberries available, and some strawberries but we do need some warm weather to ripen the latest crop. Please be aware that certain areas of the farm are rather waterlogged.



We are sorry but we have decided to close for the rest of today due to the heavy rain. We shall be open again tomorrow Saturday 25th July at 9.00 a.m. when we will have raspberries, red and black currants and blackberries available for picking. We will also have a limited amount of strawberries. Thank you

Latest fruit availability update as at 23rd July

We still have good crops of raspberries, red and black currants and blackberries, which should continue for at least another 10 days to 2 weeks. The strawberries are limited but should be available for at least one more week.


19th July Latest update for fruit availability

We have had another very busy few days, and so unfortunately there are VERY FEW strawberries available for picking today. There will be another crop available by the middle of next week.
The gooseberry crop has now finished, but we still have plenty of raspberries, blackberries, and red and black currants available for picking.

Latest Update

We are open again from today Tuesday 14th July after having to close on Sunday 12th due to the fact that we had no ripe fruit available. We are glad to say that we now have excellent crops of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and red and black currants available. The green and red gooseberries have now nearly finished their crops.




We are sorry but the fruit farm will be closed today Sunday 12th July but we will be open again on Tuesday 14th July when we should have good crops of strawberries, raspberries and red and black currants. The gooseberries are nearing the end of their season.

All our fruits now available

We now have all our fruits available.
Strawberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, the first few blackberries and green and red gooseberries.

The crops of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and blackcurrants should be available for several weeks to come.
The red gooseberries are now nearly finished and the green gooseberries will probably be passed their best in a week to ten days.

no strawberry alert for Sunday 5th July

We have experienced an extremely busy day today Saturday 4th July and subsequently there are very
few strawberries available for picking this Sunday 5th July. There are of course plenty more to come
over the next few days and weeks.

There are a limited amount of raspberries to pick with obviously the main crop still to come.
The green and red gooseberries, and the red and black currants are ready for picking now and the
nlackberries are just turning and should be ready by mid week.

latest news update Saturday 4th July

We are glad to say that all of our crops have survived the storms we had last night,
and with the recent warm weather all crops are ripening up nicely.

We have available for picking this weekend plenty of red and black currants, green and red
gooseberries, a reasonable crop of strawberries and the first few raspberries are ready, with the main crop
ready in a few days. The blackberries are just starting to turn and should be ready by the
middle of next week.

news update

We are now open ( tuesday 30th June at 10.00 ) and hope to be able
to stay open with most fruits ripening well.

We have available for picking at the moment red and black currants, green gooseberries
and the first few red gooseberries and a limited amount of strawberries.

With this hot weather we hope to have the first few of our raspberries ready by the weekend.


Thank you for your interest in our fruit farm news.
We have had a huge number of customers today, Saturday 27th June,
and all our ripe available strawberries have been picked. We have
therefore had to take the decision to not open tomorrow Sunday 28th June.

We hope to be open on Tuesday 30th June when we expect to have available plenty of gooseberries,
redcurrants, the first few black currants and a limited amount of strawberries.
The prospect for ripe fruit for the coming weekend are excellent, particularly
as the weather forecast is so good.

Please remember to either telephone the answer phone on 01727 831224 or check the
internet before coming to save having a wasted journey.

More news soon


At long last we have had some warm weather to help ripen our fruit.
We shall open Saturday 27th June at 9.00 a.m.
We currently have available for picking a reasonable crop of strawberries, an excellent crop of green gooseberries and redcurrants.
The red gooseberries will be ripe by next weekend and shortly after the raspberries and blackberries (especially if we have the heatwave
they are forecasting)

We look forward to you coming to visit our small family pick your own fruit farm.

We do suggest that you always either telephone our answer machine or check the internet before coming.

Thank you.


Unfortunately we will now stay closed until next SATURDAY 27TH JUNE. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience but the strawberries are just not ripe enough for picking. We will also have green gooseberries and red currants available for picking. The red gooseberries will be ready in about a week and the raspberries and blackberries in about two weeks (depending on the weather).

NOTICE.The farm will be closed ALL DAY Sunday 21st June

We will as promised be opening the fruit farm for strawberry picking on Saturday 20th June at 9.00a.m. However our supplies are very limited as we await more warm weather to help bring on the main crops,

We will close on Saturday at 14.00 hours and will be closed on Sunday all day, We will reopen hopefully on Tuesday, but please check the web site on Monday.


We seem to have seen at last some sunny days which has materially helped bring on the ripening of the fruit.

We will be opening our farm for the first time this season on SATURDAY 20th JUNE AT 9.00 A.M. UNTIL 6.00 P.M. when we hope to have available our first ripe strawberries and gooseberries (green).

Our remaining fruits, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants will hopefully follow on shortly in the following couple of weeks.

thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at our farm

opening of fruit farm for 2015 season

1st June, 2015

Welcome to the first of our updates to the coming fruit season. May has been generally cold wet and windy with lower temperatures than we would normally expect. As a result although the strawberries are growing well we do not expect to open until the third weekend in June. We hope to have our first crop of strawberries and possibly green gooseberries. Raspberries and cane fruits will be a week or so later.

Next update 7th June.

Our Currants

Red Currants

Nutritionally, redcurrants are high in Vitamin C. They also contain fibre, Vitamin B, iron, potassium and phosphorus, and are good for the immune system. The antiseptic properties of redcurrant jelly make it an effective treatment for minor burns – after cooling the affected area with cold water.

Choose red currants which have an even, rich colour and plump form. Remove the fruit from the plant by snapping the stalk at the top of the stem, rather than picking individual berries.



Latest research has discovered that the blackcurrant outshines the rest when it comes to health boosting benefits. They have a very high content in antioxidants and vitamins. In particular, they’re very rich in Vitamin C (and for this reason they were farmed on a massive scale in the UK during World War II). Blackcurrants also contain several rare nutrients, like GLA ( Gamma Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and MAOI (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors), and are therefore be used in therapies against depression.


Our Gooseberries

We grow two gooseberry varieties at Hawkswick – one with the traditional thorns, and one without. Traditional green gooseberries come from the heavy cropping, sweet tasting Invicta. In addition we have the dark red dessert flavoured Pax.

Both varieties are difficult to find in the shops and are wonderful in pies, especially good when made into a compote or, better still, a fool.

Gooseberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre and Vitamin C.

Gooseberries have a tough skin and are easy to pick by lifting up tip of a branch with one hand and picking off the hanging ripe fruits with the other hand.

Our Blackberries

Blackberries are a good source of antioxidants, which have been shown to help prevent cancer and reduce the signs of aging. Blackberries are also low-fat, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, high in fibre, high in vitamin C and a good source of folate.

There are two types of blackberry to know about: thorny and thornless! We do both at Hawkswick. Obviously, the thornless are easier to pick, but some people claim the thorny varieties are sweeter. With the thorny plants, you want to reach into the plant in the gaps, so you don’t need to touch anything but the berry you’re after, avoiding the thorns.

A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. If the berry is red or purple, it’s not ripe yet. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you’ll find loads of berries that other people missed!

When picking blackberries, remember the dark purple juices will not only stain your hands but also your clothes. In olden days blackberry juice was used as a dye!

Our varieties, which will start to ripen by the end of June, are:


Our Raspberries

There has been a major and successful breeding programme over the last 15 years resulting in a huge increase in the size and taste of our raspberries.  In particular we hope you will enjoy the major expansion of Cascade Delight now grown.  The berries are very large – we hope you enjoy them!

Raspberries are a very healthy food; they are high Vitamin C and naturally have no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are also a good source of iron and folate (which is used especially in treatment of low red blood cells or anaemia). They contain a natural substance called ellagic acid, which is an anti-carcinogenic (cancer-preventing) compound. Raspberries have been shown to lower high blood cholesterol levels and slow the release of carbohydrates into the blood stream of diabetics. Raspberries are also high in fibre, potassium, vitamin A and calcium.

The three varieties we are growing at Hawkswick this season are:

Our Strawberries


This season we are growing four different varieties of strawberry which enables us to provide strawberries throughout the season, right through until the middle of August – weather permitting, of course! The plants are grown on raised beds for easy picking.

Strawberries are fat-free, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and are a good source of fibre, potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. Strawberries top the list of fruits high in antioxidants, which are important for disease prevention.

Strawberries should be picked with the stem attached. This helps the fruit to stay fresh longer.

Our varieties this summer are:

Fresh Blackcurrant Lollies

These mouth-tingling purple lollies explode with taste. A great way to keep healthy and cool!

Makes: 14 50ml lollies

200g blackcurrants
100g caster sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon Water

Place the blackcurrants, sugar, lemon zest and juice in a pan with 75ml water.
Heat gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil.
Simmer gently for 5 minutes then allow to cool.
Purée the mixture with a hand-held electric blender until smooth (or tip into a blender to liquidise).
Stir in 300ml chilled water.
Tip the mixture into a jug then pour into lolly moulds and freeze for at least 4 hours, until solid.