The berry picking season will soon be upon us. I love this time of year with beautiful soft fruits available in farmers markets. This year we planted our own strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants. They’re growing well but there will never be enough left for my annual jam making. Too many people picking them for breakfast!
Planning what jam to make and how much takes some advance planning. I dig out my weck jars, my giant jam pan and all my jam making books and check the herbs and roses growing in the garden. If I’m not using a family recipe, I usually choose my recipes from my two favourite books: River Cottage Preserves by ‘Pam the Jam’ and Perfect Preserves by Thane Prince from The Big Allotment Challenge. Both are available from Mainstreet Trading as you pass through St Boswells, on your way to pick your own berries at Border Berries.
Berry Picking at Border Berries
This year strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, tayberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and peas, will be available for picking. They ripen at different times so check the website or Facebook to see what’s available. You can pick your own or if your short of time, for a little bit extra you can buy the ready picked. You can place an order in advance, but give them at least a days notice. But if you have kids they will just love picking the fruit. Great to keep them busy for a few hours.
In very bad weather, the field may be closed. So check their website, Facebook page or give them a phone. The fields are in a rain shadow and can often be dry when there is rain elsewhere in the Scottish Borders. There is an excellent weather link for the berry field on the home page of their website. If in doubt, check before your visit.
There is an onsite cafe serving delicious cakes, using the fruits from the nearby fruit fields. The cafe is open 7 days from 10am to 5pm. There are lots of picnic tables located near the cafe and all are welcome to use them. Toilets are located beside the cafe with easy access for wheelchairs. Baby changing facilities are also available. Dogs are welcome in the car park area but not into the fruit growing areas. A tap and water bowl are located on the end wall of the cafe.
How to Find Border Berries
Rutherford Farm, Kelso, TD5 8NP
Tel: 01835 823763
Fruit field: open 7 days from 10am – 7pm
Located midway between St Boswells and Kelso on the A699.
From St Boswells, look out for the trailer sign and take the A699 to Kelso.
From Kelso, take the A699 to St Boswells past Springwood Park.