From endive caves to tulip fields, from pear trees to blackberry bushes, we've tracked down the ten best places around Amsterdam for getting out there and picking your own.
Fruittuin van West
To visit the Fruittuin van West (‘Fruit Garden of West’) you need to head West from Amsterdam, almost to Halfweg. As well as the farm, the greenhouses and barns, there's a huge fruit garden here, full of apple, cherry and pear trees, raspberry and blackberry bushes, and various other sorts of berry bushes. But that's not all – you'll also find nectarines, strawberries, cranberries and grapes. The fruit is weighed and paid for after picking; a kilo of small fruit costs €10. You can also harvest veggies here in the winter, in the endive 'cave' or the shiitake greenhouses.
When? The Fruittuin van West is open six days a week from 10:30am to 6pm (closed Mondays). It's a good idea to check the website in advance to see which fruit is being harvested.
Fruittuin van West, Tom Schreursweg 48, Amsterdam
Stadsboerderij Osdorp (‘Osdorp Urban Farm’) is located in amongst the big blocks of flats. Thanks to the big vegetable garden and the chickens roaming free, it feels like you're out in the country rather than in the middle of the city. A sign lets you know which types of herbs and vegetables are ready to pick that day. A range of workshops and activities are organised here for both children and adults.
When? Open from 1:30pm to 5pm November to March; 10am to 5pm from April to October.
Stadsboerderij Osdorp, Botteskerksingel 30B, Amsterdam
The Proefeiland Kitchen Garden Association has a public picking garden located on the edge of Steigereiland North in IJburg; a place where locals and visitors can pick their own fruit, herbs and flowers.
When? Every last Sunday of the month.
Moestuinvereniging Proefeiland, Barkentijnkade, IJburg
At this floral picking garden you can gather some beautiful blooms to make your own bouquet for your sweetheart, mother, teacher or neighbour. Annemieke's Picking Garden has 3,000 square metres of tulips, which are yours to take home for 25 euro cents per flower.
When? In April, May and June (as long as there are tulips) from Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.
Annemieke’s Pluktuin, Haarlemmerstraat 15, Hillegom
The Olmenhorst Estate, with almost eighteen hectares of organic apple and pear trees, is located between Amsterdam and The Hague. Each year during the harvest season, the Olmenhorst opens its orchards for people to come and pick their own fruit. Take a box along, because for just €2.50 per kilo you can take all the organic fruit you can carry.
When? The exact date hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's expected that the orchards will be open to apple and pear pickers from 15 September.
De Olmenhorst, Lisserweg 481, Lisserbroek
Van Reeuwijk Fruit & Flowers
Starting in mid-June, you can arm yourself with a big basket and head for the picking garden for blackberries, strawberries and other berries, cherries and various types of vegetables. For people with less mobility, Van Reeuwijk has a strawberry greenhouse directly along the path (which has a hard and flat ground) and strawberry boxes at standing height.
When? The picking garden is open from mid-June to mid-October. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for additional info on what's ready to pick and when.
Van Reeuwijk Fruit & Flowers, Hoofdweg 1475, Abbenes
De Oude Boerderij
De Oude Boerderij (‘The Old Farm’) is located in Beverwijk's Wijkermeerpolder. Organic seasonal vegetables are grown here year-round. The fields are open for self-picking every Saturday (the fruit/veggies ready for harvest that week can be seen on the Facebook page), but there's also Farmersgolf, a trampoline, ponies, and enough play equipment to keep the kids busy playing farmers all afternoon.
When? Every Saturday from 11am to 5pm
De Oude Boerderij, Noorderweg 8, Beverwijk
The Broersen brothers have joined forces with the Kneppeltuin next door. From June onwards you can enjoy grapes, blackberries, strawberries and other berries in the picking garden. Need a breather? The patio next to the greenhouses is a great place to relax with a strawberry ice cream or a cup of coffee, or you can take some fresh asparagus home for dinner.
When? The flower-picking season runs from June to September. The fruit garden is open in July, August and September, and the strawberry greenhouse is open to strawberry-lovers from 21 July to 2 September.
By Broersen, Dergmeerweg 30, Warmenhuizen
In amongst the fields of Heiloo and Castricum you'll find Piet Liefting's Pluktuin Bakkum ('Bakkum Picking Garden'). You can put together your own bouquet from the flowers in the field starting at just €5. In spring the property is packed with tulips; later in the season you'll find all sorts of cut flowers.
When? Pluktuin Bakkum is open from April through to the end of September (but the opening times depend on the weather – see the Facebook page for the latest information).
Pluktuin Bakkum, Limmerweg 2, Castricum
Fruitkwekerij ’t Keetje
At Fruitkwekerij ’t Keetje (‘’t Keetje Fruit Farm’) in Lutjebroek you can head into the apple and pear orchards to pick various types of apples and pears. In addition to the fruit gardens and the shop, since 2005 ’t Keetje has also been a care farm where people who are disadvantaged on the labour market can get to work.
When When the time is ripe. The orchard opens to pickers in mid-September.
Fruitkwekerij 't Keetje, Kadijkweg 65a, Lutjebroek