Pick up a Pumpkin - or two!
Our Pumpkin Patch is OPEN and its time to carve a spooky face in a plump Steve Harris Farms Pumpkin.
Pumpkin sellers, Connie and Izzy
We have a bumper crop this year just waiting for you to take home.
Our Pumpkin fields are now open right through to All
We are open each day between 10am-4pm
All our PYO pumpkins are £2 each, gourds at the stall £tbc.
Dogs welcome, wellie boots advised !
If it your first time at Pumpkin carving take a look online for tips on
carving and download spooky templates you can print off and use to
trace the design on your Pumpkin.
Click HERE for Pumpkin carving tips from the BBC.
Our grand slam strawberries
Wimbledon has started and what better way to enjoy the event than with a bowl of Strawberries and cream.
Some things naturally go together, Horse and Cart, Bat and Ball and, of course, Strawberries and Cream.
The very taste of strawberries doesn't just conjure up a green, lazy days of summer, but also the thwack of ball on racket.
Ever since the first tournament in the leafy London suburb in 1877 the strawberry has always been associated with the game.
This year some 28,000kg of them will be eaten at the tournament along with 7,000 litres of cream
If you are not lucky enough to get a Centre Court ticket, why not pop
down to our Pick Your Own fields, pick a punnet or two and get settled
in font of the telly for a great two weeks of sport.
What you say about us
Thank you very much for the kind reviews of Steve Harris Farms.
Here’s just a few of the fantastic feedback we have received…
“Always lush strawberries here. Easy parking, very quick and a good sized punnet is between £3/£4”
“Great place to go and pick strawberries!!! Raspberries will be ready in 6 weeks too.”
“Love to come here with the kids for yummy strawberries!”
“Great picking easy parking and pleasant staff.”
“A fabulous afternoon out with friends or family to do something
different. Grab a pot from the lovely ladies outside the raspberry
bushes and head on in to find the juiciest, sweetest ones! “
“It was a lovely day and very sunny. Our 1st time as a family to pick a
strawberry. Sweet stawberries and will be back for sure next year.”
“Good quality strawberries and friendly staff.”
“I love going fruit picking here, their produce is really tasty and you
can pick as much as you can carry! The price per kilo is very
How to find us
Looking for some really tasty strawberries?
We have a whole field for you to chose from. (We also have Ready Picked)
From Titchfield drive south down Posbrook Lane, which becomes Triangle Lane.
The road turn 90 degrees right and the entrance to our PYO strawberry field is 100 yards along on the right.
Our Ready Picked stall is just opposite on the left.
A tray full of sweetness
'Peggy the Picker' of Steve Harris Farms with a tray of tasty 2019 strawberries.
This year we are open a bit earlier for our
Ready Picked Strawbs and hope to open the Pick Your Own fields at the end of May or the beginning of June.
So till then it's down to Peggy to harvest your favourite summer fruit for you from our early crop.
are looking forward to another great year on the farm, so come on down
Posbrook Lane from Titchfield, sharp right into Triangle Lane and our
strawberry stall is on the left.
Plenty of off-road parking.
Its Pumpkin Time
Come along to our pumpkin patch and pick your own perfect pumpkin.
Down at Steve Harris Farms along Triangle Lane, just south of
Titchfield, we have loads of bright orange pumpkins of all sizes ready
We also have some rather nice Butternut Squashes for you to take away -
great for a heart warming soup or roasted alongside potatoes.
Some pumpkins are quite large so we have a fleet of wheelbarrows so that you can trundle your selections back to the car.
We are open now till the 31st of October, unless we run out, so come on
down, pick your pumpkin before we run our and get carving a spooky face
ready for Halloween.
Four-year-old Amelia Mae with her special pumpkin.
Just the Best!
Just the best,that's the verdict of six year old Emily and her little brother, three year old, William.
The young pickers from Locks Heath were helping mum pick a couple punnets of Steve Harris strawberries.
With the recent warm weather our fruit are looking good and certainly taste good.
There are plenty of strawberries on the plants, so many it can be difficult deciding which ones to gather.
We’ve had some great comments from old and new customers about this years bumper crop.
What they are saying about our PYO strawberries
“It was GREAT the family really enjoyed it”
"Great for strawberry picking!”
“I love going fruit picking here,
their produce is really tasty and you can pick as much as you can
carry! The price per kilo is very reasonable!”
"Don't go to the supermarket to buy strawberries in the summer.
Get them from pick your own strawberries."
Ready Picked Time is Here
We have just opened our Ready Picked Strawberry stall for 2018.
The summer is at last here and our strawberries are looking particularly delicious.
They are just the right size, the colour is vibrant and, most important of all, they taste fantastic.
So take a walk, drive or cycle down Posbrook Lane, Titchfield and just
after the 90 degree right look our for our stall on the left.
Great for eating on the beach or taking home and serving at the BBQ.
Tracy (pictured right) was out for a cycle ride, spotted our display of
juicy Steve Harris Strawberries and just had to take home a couple of
A punnet cost just £3 - great value.
Bella and Sophia chose their favourite pumpkin form the Posbrook pumpkin patch.
The History of Pumpkins
The most recognizable symbol of Halloween is a pumpkin carved into a jack-o-lantern.
It is believed that the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween began Ireland.
In the 19th century, turnips or mangel wurzels were hollowed out to act as lanterns and often carved with grotesque faces.
European settlers, particularly the Irish, arrived in American they
found the native pumpkin to be larger, easier to carve and seemed the
perfect choice for making halloween jack-o-lanterns.
based on the old Celtic holiday known as Samhain celebrated at the end
of summer and the start of the ancient new year.
The Somerset village of Hinton St George has its own version of Halloween called Punkie Night
A Punkie is a hollowed-out swede manglewurzel. On Punkie Night the children of the village
carry their lanterns in a procession around the village on the last Thursday in October, chanting a special rhyme:-
It's Punkie Night tonight
It's Punkie Night tonight
Adam and Eve would not believe
It's Punkie Night tonight
have any turnips or manglewurzel for you to carve but we do have loads
of pumpkins ripe for the picking, so come along and select your very
own pumpkin straight from the field.
Raspberry Fact File
Ten Fun Facts about Raspberries
- Raspberries are really good for you. They’ve more vitamin C than oranges and are high in fibre. They are also high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium.
- There are over 200 species of raspberries.
- The phrase, ‘to blow a raspberry’ is thought to come from Cockney rhyming slang - ‘Raspberry Tart’- ‘F**t'.
tea made from red raspberry leaves is said to be good for expectant
mothers since it helps strengthen the immune system, provides relief
from morning sickness, improves blood circulation.
- Raspberries are not only red they can be purple, gold or even black.
- In times past the raspberry was used as a sore throat remedy and teeth cleaner.
- An average raspberry has between 100 and 120 seeds.
are a type of fruit known as an aggregate fruit. Aggregate fruits have
flowers with multiple ovaries and each ovary produces druplets around a
core formed by the flower.
- Raspberries have been enjoyed by man since prehistoric times.
- Unlike many fruits, once picked a raspberry will not ripen any more. There's no softening up in the fruit bowl.
Raspberries at Christmas!
Chris and Keith Miller are stocking up for Christmas with a freeze full of summer goodness.
Steve Harris raspberries freeze well and can be used frozen for smoothies or thawed for use in baking and sauces.
The best way of freezing raspberries is to dry-freeze them. Don't wash the fruit.
Separate the raspberries on a tray or baking sheet so that they are not touching, and place in the freezer.
When they are frozen and firm to the touch, pack them into bags or containers, seal and label.
Or you could use them to start off a Rumtopf - a jar full of fruit, rum
and sugar which is left to marinate till Christmas - yum.
Seldon Family outing
Members of the Seldon family took dad on a raspberry hunt for Fathers Day at the weekend.
The plants are doing very well this year with loads of juicy fruit just waiting to be picked.
PYO NOW OPEN
Summer's here and it's strawberry time again.
So come along to our fields down Posbrook Lane and pick yourself a punnet or two.
As usual our strawberries look great they taste amazing, whether you
spoon on the cream, sprinkle with sugar or, if you want to be
adventurous, try adding black pepper.
The pepper transforms their flavour. They become sweeter and richer.
Unless you put on an enormous amount of pepper, you can't taste it.
So go on - give it a try.
Daniel with Mum, Karen finding the plumpest fruit.
Libby and Sam with their punnets of Steve Harris Strawberries
News from our 2016 Season
PYO Raspberries in full swing
Now that summer is finally here its time to get out in the sunshine and pick some of our delicious Raspberries.
We've got rows and rows of the summer fruit just ready to be picked.
Did you know?
- There are over 180 different species of raspberries.
- Each Raspberry has over 100 little seeds.
- They don't continue to ripen after being picked.
- Raspberries can be red, purple, gold or black in colour.
- Raspberries have been crossed with other berries to form new species like loganberry.
- Raspberries are a grea source of vitamin C
Ruby (8) and James (10) making sure they get the very best
Sunny start to 2016 PYO season
Hundreds of PYO pickers flocked to the farm on the opening day of the strawberry season.
first time in weeks the sun was shining and it was a lovely hot day -
just right for a bowl of Steve Harris strawberries.
One of our first pickers of the day was three year old Grace, who, with the help of Mum, Kerry picked a couple of punnet fulls.
2016 PYO season opens 5th June
are underway at Steve Harris Farm for the 2016 Pick Your Own Strawberry
season, which is due to commence around the start of June.
In preparation for the season we've been touching-up our sign boards and getting everything ready for the opening.
The actual date we open for PYO each year depends on the weather and the amount of ripe Strawberries on the plants.
The plants are looking particularly good this year with loads of pretty white flowers.
This year we are starting a bit earlier as we have such a bumper crop.
Always check out our Strawberry hotline
01329 843377 for more information as we sometimes close for a day if the weather is bad.
Posbrook lane had been closed to traffic, but is now open, so come on down and pick some tasty Steve Harris stwarberries.
Ring our Strawberry hotline
Congratulations to winner of Steve Harris Cup
Farms have been supporting the community for years and this year we
congratulate gardener, Ann Fulton, who won three top prizes at the
recent Titchfield Gardeners’ Club Annual Show.
entries were received for show last Saturday filling the Parish Room
with a colourful display of flowers, fruit and vegetables, art work and
was the most successful exhibitor walking away with three trophies but
the show this year was remarkable for the number of entries received
from first-time exhibitors especially from village residents who were
not members of the club.
shows Ann Fulton with her silverware, The Burneley Horticultural
Trophy, The Steve Harris Trophy and The Meon Bye Trophy.
Serving up a
10 July 2015
Why not watch the Wimbledon Mens Final as you enjoy a perfect summer afternoon with a bowl of Titchfield strawberries.
Wimbledon would not be Wimbledon without strawberries and cream.
Djokovic, are slogging it out on in the heat on Centre Court and you
are in the cool, comfort of your own front room.
For a really
memorable finals day drop in to our Pick Your Own fields first thing on
Sunday, giving yourself plenty of time to settle down in front of the
telly in the afternoon.
Come rain or
come shine, it's one of the signs that the English summer is here --
but Wimbledon would not be Wimbledon without strawberries and cream.
tradition of serving strawberries at Wimbledon began in 1953, while
cream was added to the mix 17 years later in 1970. Since then, this
simple but classic combination of flavours has become as essential a
part of the tournament as the tennis itself!
may have 64 seeds in the men's and women's competition, but did you
know there are about 200 seeds in every strawberry?
Did you know strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.
Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, that's 140% of our daily recommended amount.
The strawberry plant, along with its good mate the raspberry plant, are members of the rose family.
Raspberry PYO in full swing
Come on down to our farm off Posbrook Lane and pick yourself some tasty Steve Harris raspberries.
Strawberries have a quite a short season but raspberries last a little longer and ‘come in’ a little later.
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.
Raspberries are high in fiber. Half to one pound of raspberry fruit per
day can provide twenty to thirty grams of fiber which is adequate for
an adult daily nutrition requirement.
Select plump, firm, fully red berries. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
When ripe, most varieties achieve a darker blush at peak sugar and they
separate easily form the core which remains attached to the plant. If
you must pull hard to remove the berry or it remains attached to its
core, it is not ripe!
How to pick Raspberries
- Gently grasp the berry with your fingers and thumb, and tug gently.
- If its ripe, it will easily come off in your hand, leaving the center part attached to the stem.
- Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries.
- Don't throw the fruit into your containers.
- Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.
When you get home
- DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
- Even under ideal conditions raspberries
will only keep for 1 - 2 days in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and
texture, consume them as soon as possible after purchase.
PYO start from 1st July
30 July 2015
We've had a bumper crop of tasty, plump strawberries this year and it
looks like our raspberries will be the same.
The raspberries alway 'come in' later in the summer and the quality of
the strawberries is an inducation of how good the raspberry season will
Our raspberry field is just around the corner from the strawberries - look out for the signs.
PYO raspberries will start from 1st July.
girl Leyla just
15 June 2015
Leyla is just two and loves strawberries, so for a birthday treat mum and dad took her along to our strawberry fields so she could pick her own for her party.
The family drove over from Southsea to give Leyla her spectial treat on the first day of our season.
The last few days of warm, sunny weather has brought the fruit on
exceptionally well and there are lots plump, juicy berries just ripe
for the picking.
Drive down Posbrook Lane, Titchfield, follow the signs to the the PYO field and fill a punnet of tasty Steve Harris strawberries
We are open daily 9.30m till 5.00pm, weather permitting - if in doubt
call our ‘Strawberry Hotline’ to check opening times: 01329 843377
to mid June start
20 May 2015
The 2015 Steve Harris Pick Your Own Strawberry season is due to start around early to mid June.
We like to see loads of ripe strawberries on the plants for you to pick
and this year it looks like it will be another bumper crop.
Plenty of flowers means plenty of strawberries.
As soon as we decide the time is ripe we'll put a message on our hotline - 01329 843377 or keep checking the website.
Plenty of raspberries just ready to be picked
13 July 2014
We've had a great strawberry season at Meon-Bye greeting old friends and welcoming new 'pickers'.
For many it has become a bit of a family tradition to enjoy a day in the country picking one of natures great taste treats.
But, sadly, the strawberry season is over for 2014 but we still have loads of delicious raspberries waiting to be picked.
Raspberries add superb flavour and colour to all kinds of dishes from smoothies to salsas and dips to desserts.
Come along and pick some sunshine in a bowl.
Mum Claudine with Mia (6) and Ryan (7) in the raspberry patch.
2014 Strawb' season is underway!
9 June 2014
Summer is here and it's time to pop down to Meon Bye Farm and pick your very own Steve Harris Strawberries.
Following the recent fine and sunny weather, our strawberries have come on a treat.
They're looking good and taste fantastic.
One of our first customers today was little two and a half-yesr old
Layla (pictured right) who soon had a punnet full, but there's still
plenty more just waiting to be picked.
What better way to celebrate the summer than with a lovely bowl of strawberries and cream for tea.
open from 9.30am till 5pm every day (weather permitting - if in doubt
call our Strawberry Hotline on 01329 843377), so come on down, we'll
supply the punnets and you can pick the choicest fruit.
Our lovely Strawberries are just £1.50 per pound.
We also have ready-picked Broad Beans and Rhubarb on sale.
ready for PYO
21 May 2014
The summer is on its way and it won't be long to the start of the Strawberry season.
The plants are looking particularly good this year with loads of pretty white flowers.
In preparation for the season we've been touching-up our sign boards and getting everything ready for the opening.
The Pick Your Own season should open in June but the actual date will
be dependent on the weather and the amount of ripe Strawberries.
In the meantime you can always check out our Strawberry hotline
01329 843377 for more information or keep checking the website.
We are all looking forward to a great summer and a bumper crop of lovely Steve Harris Strawberries.
Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
25 Feb 2014
It may still be winter but we've started harvesting already.
Our team of pickers are out in the fields at Posbrook selecting, de-leafing, trimming and boxing-up the rhubarb.
After weeks of appaling weather the team are enjoying the spell of sunny weather, making working out in the fresh air a joy.
We don't sell our rhubarb 'at the gate' as it mostly goes, via a wholesaler, to local supermarkets. Contact us direct for wholsale enquiries.
We'll be picking our rhubarb right through to mid summer.
For years the distinctively flavoured stalk was not a national
favourite but following the rise of the celebrity TV chefs the use of
the plant has reached ever increasing heights.
So while rhubarb and custard still goes down well, why not use it as a savoury garnish with chicken, pork or duck.
And don't forget its high in fibre, packed full of vitamins and low in calories. So pick up a bunch today and get cooking.
25 Oct 2013
With just days to go till hallow'en we have been busy harvesting a bumper pumpkin crop ready for the festivities.
Most of our crop is destined for the supermarkets. This load is for Sainsburys.
Les Downes, pictured right, is giving the crop a final once-over before they are collected and taken to the store.
- Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini.
- The name "pumpkin" comes from the Greek word "pepon," meaning a large melon.
- Pumkins are native to Central America and Mexico.
- The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.
- Pumpkins take between 90 and 120 days to grow.
- 90% of the pumpkin is made up of water.
- Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
Are you taking part in the pumpkin rolling at this year's Titchfield Carnival? The competition starts at 12.30pm in West Street on Sunday 27th October.
a Strawberry on your
help Apple ipad and iphone users stay in touch we have created a
special Steve Harris app to take you straight to our web pages.
So you'll be able to keep up-to-date with the latest news from the farm, as well as opening times, while you are out and about.
To add the ipad or iphone app simply navigate to the Steve Harris home
page then touch the action button on the device (Look for a small
square with an arrow) then select 'Add to Home Screen' and you'll see
one of our tasty strawberries right their amongst your favourite apps.
21 Sept 2013
Although the weather has turned colder our fields are a-glow with rows and rows of bright plump orange pumpkins.
We pick the pumpkins when their skins begin to harden and the foliage starts to wilt and die back.
The pumpkins themselves, will continue to ripen over the coming weeks,
making the flesh inside sweeter as the starches turn to sugars thereby
improving the flavour.
But most will be hollowed-out and have a scary face cut into their skins to frighten away the devil at Hallowe'n time.
Busy time on the farm
11 Aug 2013
The strawberry and raspberry season may be over but it's still a busy time on the farm.
With the recent spell of dry weather we have been cutting our fields of winter wheat.
Mark and Ian have been cutting the wheat using our own combined
harvester with John taking the grain to Eric at the storage bins.
"The moisture content of the crop has to be just right," says Eric, "we can't cut if it's too wet.
The wheat will be sold later in the year for animal feed while the
straw will be bailed and stored ready to mulch around next year's
The straw is used to keep moisture in the soil and soil off the fruit.
Our next big job will be checking and preparing our pumpkin fields ready for Halloween time.
Raspberry season ends
8 Aug 2013
Sadly or PYO season has come to an end for this year.
As mentioned earlier the Strawberries were a bit late due to the late
start to the summer but when the good weather arrived we had loads of
plump, tasty fruits on the plants.
"This year," explained farm manager Eric Downes, "we not only welcomed back our 'regulars' but also had a lot of new customers.
"I'm sure they will all be back picking next year.
"Soon after the Strawberries were underway we were able to open up the Raspberry canes."
If you have made your own jam with our Strawberries or Raspberries and
want to share your recipe with us, drop us a line and we'll put it on
the website for all to try.
If you have any comments or have a recipe for us write to firstname.lastname@example.org
over but we still have plenty of
23 July 2013
After a bit of a slow start we had a great crop of strawberries this year, sweet and juicy.
The three week heatwave brought thousands of visitors to the farm. "The
warm and sunny weather ripened the 'strawbs' perfectly." said
Farm Manager Eric Downes.
The strawberries maybe finished but with have plenty of raspberries on
the canes for you to pick for that special summer-time treat.
Check out the BBC's Good Food section for some great raspberry recipeis. Click HERE
Our raspberry fields are now open for PYO and we have rows and rows of canes for you to pick from.
With all the recent sunshine we're expecting another fantastic year for
our raspberries. It's the sunshine that makes them sweet and juicy.
Raspberries are quite fragile, so when picking handle with care. Store
your fresh raspberries in the refrigerator and they will keep well for
Raspberries not only taste great fresh with cream or meringues but they also freeze well and, of course, make superb jam.
So why not pop on down to the farm and pick yourself a taste of summer.
Andy Murray has won Wimbledon, Centre Court is silent, the crowds have
gone home but that doesn't mean the end of strawberries and cream.
Final's day saw hundreds of people on the farm filling their punnets for an afternoon at home watching the tennis final on TV.
With this recent bout of glorious weather our 'strawbs' are looking and tasting fantastic.
So take a drive down Posbrook Lane, look for our signs to the Pick Your Own field and pick some juicy strawberries.
all goes well the raspberries will be ready for picking by the end of
the week - check the hotline - 01329 843377 for details.
A little later start to the strawberry
season this year due to the poor weather, but our 'strawbs' are
tastier than ever.
PYO strawberry fields are now open most days, weather permitting, so
best to ring our 'hotline' (01329 843377) before setting off.
It's still a little early for our raspberries which should be available later in the month.
Due to the late start of the warmer weather our strawberries will be a bit late ‘coming in’ this year, but there is good news!
Fruit experts say the cold weather has caused a delay in the growing season and as a result the plants are stronger.
Stronger plants mean larger and sweeter fruit making our strawberries juicier than normal.
Our season begins early June and continues through until the end of July.
Farm Manager, Eric Downes, said: “The season will be a bit late
starting but we’ll soon have plenty of lovely Steve Harris strawberries
for you to pick yourself.”
Call our ‘Strawberry Hotline’ to check opening dates and times: 01329 843377
Rhubarb is the vegetable stalk of a large perennial herb but in the US
it has been officially defined as a fruit.
Whatever it is, now is the prefect time to buy with the season peaking
around May, June and July with late crops possible into the autumn.
Rhubarb was used as a medicine in ancient China. It is said to have
been brought to Europe by Marco Polo and has been eaten as a food since
the eighteenth century.
Rhubarb tolerates most soils but grows particularly well on the
fertile, well-drained soils around Titchfield. Our plants are
looking particularly good at the moment.
Unfortunately we don't sell our rhubarb to the public but welcome wholesale enquiries.
time to pick your
We have a whole patch of pumpkins ready
for you to collect.
Our pumpkins come in three sizes for you
to select the best for your Halloween party.
The PYO season is now finished. We hope you have enjoyed your visits to
the farm during 2012 and look forward to welcoming you back in June
Did you know
Our rhubarb has proved so popular that we've had to allocate over 10
acres to it!!