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PYO & The Estate

 

Forde Abbey Fruit Farm is now open with pick-your-own strawberries and gooseberries. It’s still very much at the start of the season and we can only hope for a few days of undiluted sunshine for things to really get going. While there are some ripe for picking, please be mindful of the season yet to catch up with us.

Forde Abbey strawberriesPick-Your-Own Fruit Farm

It’s a lovely way to while away the hours and hand-picked always tastes so much sweeter!

As it’s outdoors, please phone ahead to make sure that the Fruit Farm is open, and do remember to bring punnets or containers to suit your appetite!

When in Season:

Open daily from 9.30am – 6pm. Sign posted on local roads.

Forde Abbey Fruit Farm: Tel: 01460 30460.

 

Later in the season, we’ll have: raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, tayberries and jostaberries.

Forde Abbey herdDevon Cattle

The estate’s Ruby Red Devons are the pride and joy of Lisa Roper, and over the years the Forde Abbey Devons have enjoyed considerable success in the show ring, winning all of the major show prizes at least once as well as producing 10 breed champions.

 

The Goat Farm

Largely hidden from the public eye is the arable side of the business. Although in the past most of the harvest has been sold on the open market with only a little being used for the Devons, this is no longer the case. Now most of the grain is used on the estate for feed for the most recent agricultural venture: In a joint project with Tim and Will Frost of Childhay Manor, Forde Abbey is now home to 2,500 milking goats. They are milked three times a day and produce almost 10% of the country’s goat milk.