One of the things I am most looking forward to when we move to Cornwall is the food. One of our shared familial loves is food – eating it, cooking it, and also picking it. We have started to experiment with growing it but that hasn’t worked so well for us yet, but something is clearly working as this past weekend when we went past a field with courgettes growing in lines, recognisable only by their flowers, Pip identified them correctly, noting “Papa grows them”…
I don’t think it is the most cost effective way of buying soft fruit but we’ve been several times to pick strawberries this summer and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Once we have space we are definitely going to try growing them – the delight in watching the pair of them greedily eating strawberries (and raspberries at my Dad’s allotment) in the evening sunshine will stay with me for a long time.
So, on our first weekend “living” in Cornwall, we wanted to cook our first meal. We spent the morning having coffee and going to the beach, and then a particularly lovely hour of naptime drinking tea in the car in a beach carpark, just sitting and doing nothing. And then, on the way home, visiting one of our favourite farm shops/pick your own place in North Cornwall: Trevathan Farm, St Endellion.
We first discovered Trevathan on our honeymoon where we picked strawberries and gooseberries – we made the gooseberries into compote which we ate with mackerel that we bought fresh in Port Isaac, grilled on the beach and then ate with new potatoes and the gooseberries, washed down with a Mulderbosch 2003 barrel aged Chardonnay. I can still taste it now… We didn’t have any fish this time, but a simple joint of beef, paired with the tastiest young carrots I’ve had in a long time, and buttery cornish potatoes. Followed with the freshly picked strawberries and some cream, it was a simple but delicious meal, all grown within mere miles of our house.
Trevathan is one of the less commercial places that I’ve picked fruit this summer, particularly compared with another place we go often just north of us in London where the strawberries are all grown on raised beds, there are lots of helpful signs and so on. At Trevathan, it’s a little more… relaxed. The strawberry beds aren’t even that obvious but that also makes it feel more natural. There is plenty of space for the children to play, there is a cafe/restaurant right by the play area, so you can have tea and watch them. They also grow pick your own gooseberries, raspberries, red gooseberries, blackcurrants and they should have sweetcorn later in the summer, as well as a host of other vegetables that you can buy at the farm shop.
Parking is free and you can easily buy enough from the farm shop to cook for an entire weekend, as well as doing all your holiday souvenir shopping too – they stock Tregothnan tea, lots of ceramics, jewellery, kitchen items, tea towels, napkins, etc, as well as larder items, local cheeses including yarg, Davidstowe cheddar and St Endellion brie, local beer and honey, jams and preserves made from their own fruit, and Cornish ice cream.
Trevathan Farm, St Endellion, near Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3TT