Frequently Asked Questions
What does your Tea Barn offer?
You are encouraged bring your own cup for hot drinks or purchase a reusable travel cup from our farm shop. We offer a 25p discount on all hot drinks if you provide your own cup.
Our current menus can be viewed here (please note that these could be subject to change at short notice).
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. Please note that picnics are not allowed anywhere on site.
On selected dates (and if the weather is good) we will also be lighting up the BBQ so keep checking the website for information. All BBQ items will be purchased through The Cabin.
Can I bring a picnic?
What can I expect to find in the farm shop?
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?
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).
In line with our Environmental Policy we would encourage you to bring your own containers for PYO. Please remember that you will need to bring a seperate container for each fruit you wish to pick. Please see a member of staff on arrival so that they can weigh and mark your container prior to picking in order that’s it’s weight is deducted from the final charge.
If you do not bring your own container 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 now 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 any 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?
Take a look at our PYO page and click on the name of the fruit or vegetable you are interested in to find out pricing and availability. For up to date information as to our availability please call 01279 718777 (recorded message) or keep checking here on our website or on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. We will endeavour to keep everything as up to date as possible but please bear in mind that sometimes we have to close the PYO at short notice!
Can we eat fruit whilst we pick?
Do I have to pay for all that I pick?
When is the best time to visit?
Are you easy to find?
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?
What should I wear for the farm conditions?
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 through the farm shop and all bikes must be left in the bike parking area of the car park – please bring a padlock or borrow one from us. 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?
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!
How does the Pumpkin Patch work?
How do I store my pumpkin if I don’t wish to use it straight away?
Can I bring my dog to the farm?
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.
Maize Maze – dogs on a lead can enter the maze.
Pumpkin Fields/Pumpkin Patch – Dogs are not allowed.
Please clean up after your dog. There are a number of dog waste bins situated around the farm and we have a supply of bags so just ask if you have forgotten your own.
Bowls of water are provided for dogs near the entrance to the fruit fields and in the play area and we also sell locally produced dog treats, paw balm & dog shampoo.
Are you baby friendly?
School Trips, Coach Parties and Large Groups
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 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.
Do I need to wash the fruit?
How do I freeze my fruit?
You can freeze strawberries but they will lose all their texture when thawed but can still be used to make sauces, jams etc.
What are you doing to help protect the environment?
Our Environmental Policy:
Cammas Hall Farm are committed to putting the philosophy of reduce, reuse and recycle at the heart of all we do.
– Provide food packaging (e.g. sandwich containers) made from sustainable biomass sources which is biodegradable e.g. PLA
– Reduce the use of disposable takeaway cups by offering a discount to customers who bring their own cup and selling reusable coffee cups in our farm shop.
– Reduce the use of carrier bags by providing paper bags for fresh produce in our farm shop and encourage customers to bring their own bags.
– Encourage customers to bring their own containers for PYO and supply recyclable cardboard punnets for our customers use.
– Provide recycling bins around the farm site and reduce the amount of waste that we produce.
– Sell predominantly locally sourced produce in our farm shop to reduce the environmental impact of the transport network.
– Source services and products from suppliers who share our environmental ambitions.
– Manage and maintain the different spaces around the farm to encourage biodiversity.
– Manage the woodland on the farm by coppicing to produce a sustainable firewood supply that is used to fire our BBQ .
– Collect rainwater from the roofs of our farm buildings to be stored in our reservoirs for use in crop irrigation.