Are "Pick Your Own" Farms Still Popular?
Fun Filled Concept
Pick your own farms used to be massive, and a great idea for a fun day out for all of the family. Especially during the summer months, when there would be a great feeling associated with wandering around a farm or an orchard picking your own fruit and vegetables to eat later. Part of the charm of these places was the sheer grandeur of them. The inspiration attached to gardening basics having been implemented and maintained over such a large scale was definitely something to behold.
For various reasons the popularity of pick your own farms tailed off somewhat towards the end of the 1990’s. A large part of this was down to the huge growth and market domination employed by the supermarkets. Despite the excellent work done turning gardening basics into a once thriving business, it simply was no longer cost effective to maintain such a large land space in light of shrinking customer numbers and general interest.
How The Supermarkets Muscled In
One of the biggest factors which put paid to pick your owns initially was the obsession with how produce looked. Supermarkets have conditioned consumers to choose the most aesthetically appealing products, even though everyone knows that a slightly ugly looking apple or banana can still give the same great, refreshing taste experience.
To this end, the novelty of picking your own fruit somewhat died down. Consumers would become increasingly frustrated at not being able to fill their bags with beautiful looking pieces of fruit, regardless that the taste would be much better given that it has been handpicked and probably grown organically.
Independents Fighting Back
As various television shows and news articles began to portray pick your owns, amongst farmers and other traders who are struggling, in a sympathetic light, these have begun to become more popular once again. It has to be said that these are simply not doing well just because people feel sorry for them. There is a wide body of opinion which is railing against the way supermarkets do business, as well as picking your own organic fruit and vegetables coming back into people’s routines once again.
Whether as a consequence of the recession or due to the behaviour of the supermarkets, people are once again flocking to pick your owns as they trust local produce and traders. In addition to this, they may even be inspired to take up a gardening basic of their own, perhaps even growing their own fruit in their garden.
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