Frequently Asked Questions
What does your Tea Barn offer?
We offer a range of food in our Tea Barn including breakfasts, light lunches, cream teas and some pretty amazing homemade cakes. Children’s options are available. Don’t forget to check the blackboard in the Tea Barn for our daily specials. If you have special dietary requirements that you can’t see covered in our menu please contact us in advance through the website.
During our busiest spells we are also able to offer refreshments and snacks from The Cabin, located at the back of the play area, by the entrance to the Nature Trail and Maize Maze.
On selected dates (and if the weather is good) we will also be lighting up the BBQ so keep checking the website for information.
Can I bring a picnic?
We do not allow picnics at Cammas Hall Farm. Only food purchased in our Tea Barn or Farm Shop may be consumed on site. We are a small family business and our Tea Barn is an integral part of that business which complements and supports our fruit production. In addition to this, the amount of litter generated by picnics was adding an unsustainable financial burden on us. Many thanks for your support and understanding in this matter.
What can I expect to find in the farm shop?
We have a well-stocked farm shop packed full of the best local produce we can source. As well as our own fruit, jams and honey we offer a wide selection of locally sourced produce including fresh vegetables, artisan bread, meats, cheeses, chocolate and gift items. We pride ourselves on sourcing a lot of our stock from small local producers within a 30 mile radius of the farm.
We are also proud of our association with Riverbank Nursery who supply us with a wide variety of potted plants and herbs, hanging baskets and cut flowers.
How does the PYO work?
Please check prior to visiting to see what is available for PYO. It is sometimes necessary for us to temporarily close a crop that is still in season to allow it to replenish.
There is no admission charge to Cammas Hall Fruit Farm but there is a minimum spend of £3 per person if you enter the fruit fields to pick (children who are too young to walk are excluded). On arrival, you will be able to select a basket or baskets to collect your fruit in. The baskets come in different sizes (dependent on the volume you require) and you will need one basket for each type of fruit that you wish to pick. A member of staff will be happy to advise on selection if required. There is no direct charge for the baskets we supply although their weight will not be deducted when the fruit is weighed. You can bring your own basket or container if you wish to. Please see a member of staff on arrival so that they can weigh and mark your container prior to picking.
Head out to the fruit fields, look for the ‘Start Picking Here’ signs and pick away!
Please be careful that you only pick fruit in the designated areas and ensure that it is fully ripe to avoid any wastage.
When you have finished picking, return to our weighing and paying station. You will only pay for the amount of fruit you have picked. Please do not consume the fruit prior to paying.
If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask one of our staff who will be more than happy to help.
How do I find out what produce is available?
Can we eat fruit whilst we pick?
Whilst we are happy for you to sample one or two pieces of fruit in the field when picking, we do ask that you are honest and pay for everything else that you pick. Many fruit farms have gone out of business in recent years due to loss of fruit and we don’t want to become one of them!
Do I have to pay for all that I pick?
Yes. We are happy for you to pick as much as you would like but please remember, you will have to pay for whatever you or your children pick. Please ensure that children are supervised at all times.
When is the best time to visit?
During the busy times, especially during school holidays and weekends, we do advise people to arrive early to get the best pick of the fruit.
Are you easy to find?
We are well signposted and are situated approximately five miles south east of the market town of Bishop’s Stortford, just outside the historic village of Hatfield Broad Oak. Our postcode for navigation is CM22 7JT. This post code will take you to the entrance of the arable farm HOWEVER, the entrance to the fruit farm is located on the same road approximately half a mile away. Please follow the signs.
Do you have parking?
We have plenty of free parking at Cammas Hall Farm. Disabled parking is located immediately in front of the barn.
Please ensure that you do not leave valuables in your car. Cammas Hall Fruit Farm cannot accept any liability to any customers or other visitors or their children for theft or damage (however caused) to vehicles or their possessions whilst in the car park.
Is there wheelchair access around the farm?
Wheelchair access is possible in many areas including the strawberry fields, the Tea Barn, the Farm Shop and the outdoor seating and play area. Please note that adverse weather will affect accessibility. We have disabled parking spaces near the entrance to the barn. If you require any assistance, please contact a member of staff on arrival and they will be happy to help.
We have male and female toilet blocks as well as a disabled toilet.
What should I wear for the farm conditions?
Cammas Hall Fruit Farm is a working farm and care should be taken on uneven surfaces. Please wear suitable footwear (i.e. flat-soled shoes like trainers) for picking fruit and even in dry weather the ground may be muddy due to our irrigation systems. It is also advisable to wear long sleeved and long legged clothing to help protect from scratches and stings.
Cammas Hall Fruit Farm cannot accept any liability to any customer or other visitors or their children for any injury sustained while on the farm so please be vigilant. Children should be supervised at all times.
Are cyclists welcome?
Given our beautiful countryside location we are an excellent destination for cyclists – many of whom stop off to refuel. We have two bike racks for parking at the front of the barn.
Please note that we no longer allow bikes onto the farm itself and all bikes must be left in the bike parking area of the car park – please bring a padlock. Tables for the exclusive use of cyclists are situated next to the bike racks. Please place and collect your order inside the barn.
We are able to offer basic puncture repair tools and have a small selection of inner tubes for sale – please ask a member of staff.
We are a member of The Cake Escape initiative which is encouraging residents to ‘grab their bikes and cycle through some of the most beautiful places in Essex’.
When is the Maize Maze open?
Our maze is open from the end of July until the end of October (check the website nearer the time for exact opening dates and times). There is a small admission fee for all who wish to enter the Maize Maze.
Please note that we do sometimes need to close the maze if we have experienced heavy rainfall as the ground becomes slippery and unsafe. The ground can be uneven and therefore unsuitable for some makes of pushchair/buggy.
Please do not pick the corn in the Maize Maze. It is not edible! The PYO Sweetcorn is located behind the Cherry Orchard.
How does the Pumpkin Patch work?
Pumpkins can be seen growing in our fields throughout the summer months until they are harvested and added to our Pumpkin Patch for sale in October. We ask that nobody picks the pumpkins whilst they are still growing in the fields. You can then come along to our Pumpkin Patch and select your pumpkins and pay for them at the PYO counter where they are weighed and priced according to weight.
How do I store my pumpkin if I don’t wish to use it straight away?
Once you have your pumpkin home, they should last up to several weeks if stored correctly. Keep your pumpkin in a cool, dry place ideally on an old towel or a piece of cardboard. Do not store your pumpkin on cement as it will speed up the rotting process and do not store on a good rug in case it does rot as it will ruin your rug!
Can I bring my dog to the farm?
We do allow well-behaved dogs on a lead at Cammas Hall Farm but we would request the following:
If you are purchasing food please use the outside dining area. There are covered areas in case of extreme heat or rain.
Please keep your dog on a lead at all times on the fruit farm. In the fruit fields dogs can be tied up alongside the side of the field in full view of the owner but should not enter the fruit fields themselves. Dogs can be let off the lead on the Nature Trail but must remain under control at all times.
Please clean up after your dog. There are a number of dog waste bins situated around the farm.
Bowls of water are provided for dogs near the entrance to the fruit fields and in the play area.
Are you baby friendly?
Yes, of course! We have baby changing facilities in our disabled toilet. High chairs are available in our Tea Barn and we have a bottle warmer if you need to have milk or food warmed. Dependant on the type of pram or buggy you should be able to access many areas of the farm however please bear in mind that it is farmland and ground can be uneven and muddy.
Any lost property that we find will be kept until the end of the season. Please call 01279 718570 or preferably send a full description of the item to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and we will get back to you.
School Trips, Coach Parties and Large Groups
We can only accept large groups if pre-booked. If you are a group of more than 12 people please call the farm office on 01279 718570 or send an email to email@example.com in advance to make a booking.
If you are a group smaller than 12 attending from a college, school, nursery or club please also let us know in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can offer a schools package which includes a talk about fruit farming, a tour of the farm and a punnet of PYO fruit per child. Please contact us for pricing and further information.
We are pleased to offer children’s parties at Cammas Hall Farm for up to 25 children. Please take a look here for more information about our children’s parties. Bookings can be taken between May and September.
Do I need to wash the fruit?
Our crops are grown in the most environmentally friendly way that we can. We spray only when absolutely necessary and we adhere to very strict harvest intervals so you can be assured that there is nothing harmful on the fruit. Washing soft fruit will only damage it.
How do I freeze my fruit?
Raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries are all suitable for freezing and can often be a welcome summer treat in the depths of winter. If you are intending to freeze your fruit, then it is best to pick the fruit the same day that you intend to freeze it. Remove any overripe or blemished fruits as well as any stalks. Spread your fruits out a tray so they are not touching each other and then lay the tray in the freezer. Leave for a few hours and when all the fruits are frozen and hard, transfer them into freezer bags or tubs, squeezing out as much air as possible and return them to the freezer for long term storage. Fruit should last for about a year – it will last longer but the quality will begin to decline.
You can freeze strawberries but they will lose all their texture when thawed but can still be used to make sauces, jams etc.