The summer not only means longer days, warmer weather and a whole host of great outdoor activities, it also means garden-fresh, juicy and nutritious fruit and vegetables. The supermarket isn’t the only place you can get your tasty produce, and with the Welsh countryside dotted with traditional farms, the ingredients you can get your hands on are locally grown and contribute to a delicious and colourful holiday supper! Picking-your-own fruit may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re on holiday but this alternative day out is a fantastic, fun activity for all the family that has the added benefit of being great value too! Spend a day in the stunning Welsh countryside, surrounded by the freshest of produce and enjoying the warm sunshine with your loved ones. And best of all, you get a full basket of flavoursome foods at the end of it. Hawarden Estate Farm ShopWith so much to do at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, a day may not be enough. With the aim of keeping you and your family active outdoors, the mile-long nature trail through the orchards and woodlands surrounding the farm offer an idyllic and interesting walk. It provides the opportunity to get back to nature, admire the wild flowers and have a go at spotting the wildlife, from tiny bugs to swooping birds. For the younger children in your group, there is also an entertaining questionnaire which will have the kids using their minds and detective skills along the route. Before or after your walk, you may want to let them burn off even more energy on the wooden playground, with monkey bars and a climbing frame; the fort is something from the kids’ dreams, and they’re sure to make some friends while they’re there. After all that adventure, take yourselves into the orchard to pick yourselves something delicious. If you fancy sweet and fruity, there is a choice of blackberries, raspberries or strawberries. Or, if you’re keen to cook yourself a fresh and healthy supper when you return, there is broccoli, cabbage, leeks and kale, amongst a range of other delicious ingredients. A day on the farm burning all that energy may have your bellies grumbling; the onsite café is there to welcome you and ensure you aren’t leaving hungry. Serving up a range of tempting treats and sumptuous savouries, from breakfast through to lunch. You can get a fresh, made to order breakfast, sandwich, roll or pie to take away or eat in. Hooton’s Home-grown Farm ShopAt Hooton’s Farm, there is a great range of produce waiting to be picked and enjoyed from peas, broad beans and rhubarb, to raspberries and strawberries! There is something to suit all tastes. The farm shop stocks a selection of incredible, locally produced and home grown produce, so if you don’t fancy picking your own on the day, pop in to reap the benefits without the hard work, from meats to wheats, you’ll be able to collect ingredients for a flavoursome dinner. Much of the produce harvested in the warmer months are preserved, with a range of delicious and mouth-watering chutneys and jams, all grown and made on the farm and for sale in the shop. With the variety of unusual flavours, you are sure to want to have a sample. To name a few: rhubarb relish, beetroot chutney and garlic and onion marmalade. Hooton’s café, much like the produce, is celebrated by locals. It serves delicious savoury dishes and ultra-popular sweet treats; all homemade where possible using the freshest of ingredients from the farm. Visitors are enticed to return for another taste! And to top off your Welsh experience, a steaming cup of tea with a fresh Welsh cake is a must and regularly on the menu. Top tip before you goFruit needs to ripen, and depending on the quality of the weather conditions throughout the seasons, depends on how well the harvest and abundance of produce will be. Be sure to check the social media or websites of the farms, or give them a call before your visit, to double check there is something for you to pick on the day you’d like to go. If after your visit, you’ve fallen in love with Wales, as so many do, check out our Wales caravans for sale which provide a dreamy home away from home for your holidays!