Broadslap Fruit Farm
Broadslap Fruit Farm, Shop & Café grows and sells soft fruits and seasonal vegetables, and serves delicious lunches, hot drinks and cakes. Nestled in the Earn Valley, about 11 miles south-west of Perth, it commands views of the beautiful Perthshire countryside all around. The farm is owned by the Stuart family and managed by husband-and-wife team Grant Reid and Emma Stuart. On offer are pick-your-own soft fruits, tasty farm produce, a café bursting with home-cooked delights, and a shop full of deli items, enticing gifts and paintings as well as items by local artists.
How did it all start?
The Stuart family took on Broadslap Fruit Farm, just outside Dunning, in 2014. At the time it was a “pick your own fruit” farm that had been enjoyed by the public for over 70 years. The family, who have years of experience in farming and construction, thought it would be a great idea to add a café, food shop and gift shop, and the public has flocked to sample the fantastic range of products ever since.
Employing between 10 and 16 seasonal pickers for the berries, plus six staff in the café and shop, the farm’s a great asset to the area.
Fantastic fruit – and the rest!
The soft fruits at the farm – strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants – are a big hit, with people travelling from miles around to pick or buy it. So what makes Broadslap fruit so special?
Grant explains, “Our soft fruit is still grown in the ground, not in growbags or table-top systems. So we get all the natural nutrients from the soil. That makes our fruit special.”
“Our visitors say that the fruit is prime quality and so different from what you taste in the shops,” Emma adds. “The feedback has been fabulous. We’ve even managed to convert people who didn’t like particular berries – having tried them here they now like them.”
People often pick the fruit to make jam that’ll last all year. Or they freeze the berries to put into puddings, cakes, yoghurts and smoothies, or on porridge. There are also beehives on the farm and the beekeeper’s honey is sold in the shop. Even a beer brewing company in Grangemouth has taken orders of Broadslap raspberries.
What to expect when you visit
The soft-fruit season is June/July through to September, but you can visit Broadslap all year round, whether you want to pick seasonal veg in autumn or get a warming bowl of soup and buy Christmas gifts in the winter. As well as cabbages and tatties in September and October, you can now pick pumpkins in autumn – perfect for those Halloween lanterns and recipes! Just check the Broadslap website or follow them on Facebook for opening times and the latest news.
If you’d rather simply pop along and buy, there is always fresh produce available in the shop, as well as oodles of deli items and chilled food. There are also gifts, crafts and art, of course. Finally, the light, bright, tastefully decorated café is full of delicious snacks, cakes, soups and sandwiches. There are tables outside, and dog-friendly sheltered parking, if you want to bring your dog, plus bike racks for the cyclists and a green space for kids to play on. (Kids, incidentally, love to find out where the fruit comes from and to taste it fresh.)
Broadslap is fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and staff encourage anyone with reduced mobility to come and enjoy the facilities. Elderly groups from nursing homes are welcome, as well as schools and nurseries, who will have fun finding out more about how food is produced – and how great it tastes!
How to find Broadslap Fruit Farm, Café and Shop
From Perth and the north, you can take the more direct route south on the A9 and take the B9141 signposted for Dunning. If you fancy a more scenic route, by bike or car, you can go from Perth via Aberdalgie to Dunning and the farm is just beyond the village. If you’re coming from Glasgow and the south, take the M80, M9 and A9, turning off onto the B9141. From Edinburgh take the M90 past Milnathort and Perth then the A9 from just past Perth.
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