Last fruit picking season for popular Bake Farm near Salisbury

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6:04am 12th June 2018
(Updated 10:07am 14th June 2018)

After more than three decades one of Salisbury's most popular past-times, strawberry picking, will end this summer.

Bake Fruit Farm at Coombe Bissett has announced it's to close at the end of this season.

Rachel Jowett and her husband Roger who manage the popular pick-your-own and tea room have decided to call it a day .

"I shall miss it terribly and we are both terribly sad to give it up, if it wasn't for our age we would carry on."

The couple's children, who own the land, are unable to take it on as they have full-time jobs and are extremely busy.

Rachel also explained that changes since they first started have made the industry difficult.

"The new regulations for weed control and spray make growing the fruit and having it look tidy almost impossible."

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                                Bake Farm is popular with strawberry pickers of all ages

 HISTORY OF BAKE FARM:

Rachel and Roger Jowett took over Bake Farm in 1980 following the death of Rachel's father. The following year Roger, then a GP in the city, planted one acre of strawberries and the couple started selling the fruit in 1982.

"We started with a Nissen Hut in the field and there was a surprising demand for the strawberries so we then planted raspberries, currants and gooseberries. At that time there were other pick-your-owns in the area so we were quite surprised with how popular our farm was!"

The fruit farm got so busy the couple converted a barn into a house and they moved from Britford to live there in 1989.

In 1991 the couple built the present shop and started doing cream teas and cake which added to the popularity of the place.

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The popular shop at Bake Farm

When Bake Farm closes at the end of this season it will leave just one pick-your-own in the Salisbury area at Ansty.

Due to the nature of fruit picking the last day of Bake Farm is unknown at this stage.

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