Robinsons asked us if we would like to go fruit picking recently and we decided to give it a go! I’ve picked fruit before, but always from family members’ gardens, so a fruit farm was a whole new experience.
We went to Mitchell Fruit Garden here in Cornwall and it was a lot of fun. Going to a fruit ‘farm’ rather than just a family members’ garden, made it more of a day out.
It’s actually one of the healthiest ways to spend a day with your family that I can think of. Not only are you out in the fresh air getting some essential Vitamin D from the sun. You are also exercising as a family and can use the experience to teach children about the importance of fruit and a healthy diet.
You can teach them where food comes from and do it whilst having some quality family time away from screens and modern-day distractions. Making special memories with your children really is priceless, now that the boys are heading into their teen years
For us the sun was sadly a bit lacking when we went to Mitchell Fruit Garden, so rather than pick the fruit that was growing outside, we did end up inside the poly tunnels. I’m definitely planning on heading back on a sunny day next season though.
The boys enjoyed having to run to the tunnels as the skies opened up – wellies or waterproof trainers are a good idea if you plan to visit! They also enjoyed trying to find the weirdest shaped strawberry, my eldest won with one that really looks like it should have eyes on it.
We took some Robinsons Squash’d with us to keep us all refreshed as we ‘worked’. We usually carry at least 2 flavours with us when we go out, as the boys both have different tastes in flavours.
The Squash’d means that we just have to carry one big bottle of drinking water for the day and small cups, then the boys can make their water a bit more exciting with whichever flavour they fancy. The fact that the Squash’d has no added sugar means that my eldest can drink it without worrying about his blood glucose levels and the less than 5 calories per glass means that I can drink plenty of it even when on a diet.
My personal favourite is the Summer Fruits Squash’d, which actually contains two of the fruits that can be picked at the fruit garden that we went to. All Robinsons products contain real fruit in every drop and the Squash’d summer fruits contains apples, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. We picked strawberries this time at Mitchell Fruit Garden and we came home with loads of them.
We could have frozen most of the fruit when we got home, but I’ve decided that I’m going to have a go at making lots of different dishes with strawberries in. The strawberries are so fresh and tasty, it feels like it would be a shame to freeze them. Since we skipped breakfast to go fruit picking, I straight away made some porridge to have strawberries with.
The fruit was so tasty and sweet, that I didn’t need to add any sugar to my porridge just my usual little bit of honey. So all natural, delicious and perfect to enjoy with some Robinsons squash and yet more strawberries. We usually drink Robinsons at home anyway, just like 4 in 10 households in the UK who buy Robinsons. That means 2 million glasses are drank daily, that’s a whole lot of squash!
I think I might make a healthy strawberry cheesecake next, the strawberries are definitely all going to be put to good use.
We had a really good morning summer fruit picking, we might have to try apple picking next when they’re in season. I do like the boys to see healthy eating and drinking as fun.