It is a great pity that many travelers, when making a short visit to a country, don’t leave the capital. You can’t really get a feel of the country unless you have seen the countryside. It is very popular these days to eat food close to its source, well you can’t get any closer than straight from the plant. Many farms these days offer Pick Your Own fruit picking. You pay by weight of the fruit when you leave. This is available in many countries all over the world, and many farms are close to the larger cities so you can just hop on a bus or train and be there in an hour or two.
I am making this rather a general suggestion as there are really so many farms available. For example if visiting London, you can take a train from Victoria to Enfield(50 minutes) and from there a taxi to Parkside Farm, where you can pick eat and be merry. Pick-your-own is a great site to find the nearest one to you. I searched for one where they don’t mind how many you eat along the way, and found Kawatsura Strawberry Farm in Chiba, Japan, where you can literally stuff yourself, and just pay for what you take out. But generally you should only eat a few while picking ( though I remember as a child, we took bowls, spoons and cream into the field and had a feast before paying and leaving with a small basket). On site you will most likely find farm shops selling a variety of fresh farm goods, jams, vegetables, fruit, breads etc. There are usually areas for picnics, so you can eat your harvest before you even leave the farm. A few rules: Call before you arrive. Check the season and hours. Ask if they provide containers. Take protection from the sun, and water. Wash fruit before eating. This can be a great outing with kids. In the USA you will also find many PYO Farms, even in the New York area. Any visit to New York should be balanced with a little countryside, don’t you think?
Use this site to find your nearest PYO Farm.
Picking is seasonal so check ahead of time. Try to arrive in the early morning, as the fields are more plentiful then and less crowded.
You pay by weight of fruit, and can pick as much or little as you want.