We are very lucky to have The Pop Up Farm pretty much on our doorstep. We visited last year to pick our pumpkins and when we heard about the sunflowers, we just had to pop by.
Located on Junction 9 of the M1 in Hertfordshire and established in 2017, The Pop Up Farm is the vision of Ian and Gillian Pigott. We actually had the pleasure of speaking to Ian today – although we didn’t realise it at the time!
They currently have two things going on – the Sunflower Festival which ends next weekend and the Sweetcorn Celebration which doesn’t have an end date on the website. There are also pumpkins growing ready for October and picking – we will definitely be popping back! We knew about the sunflowers but didn’t know about the sweetcorn so that was a pleasant surprise.
Entrance is free which is fantastic. You can buy sunflower stems (£2 a stem or 7 for £10) which a member of staff will cut for you, pick your own sweetcorn (£2 a cob or 4 for £6), various Pop Up Farm items such as hessian bags and there is also food and drink on site. They have pizza cooked in a wood fired oven (we tried some and it was lovely) and the most delicious barbecued sweetcorn – so tasty and sweet which we found out was because of the type of sweetcorn – it’s name is Super Sweet Sweetcorn – and how fresh it was, it was freshly picked the day before.
The Pop Up Farm is a wonderful place to visit with the family. It is lovely to be able to show my children how food grows and they both picked a cob of sweetcorn with the help of their Daddy. The kids both love sunflowers too so it was wonderful to show them growing.
Not only that but they make for a wonderful photo backdrop too. As you can see, we took quite a few and I saw numerous people stopping for photos – I even saw a couple having what I believe to be engagement photos taken! It does seem to be a bit of a blogger/influencer draw too; just a quick browse of Instagram shows many visiting in recent weeks!
We chose to buy seven sunflower stems for £10, four cobs of corn for £6, a hessian bag, a pizza and some barbecued corn. This altogether came just under £30 which for a family of four to have a great time is pretty good. Remembering that entrance is free and that you don’t have to spend as much as we did and you can see that this is definitely an affordable option for a day out.
Something I really love about The Pop Up Farm is that they are so child friendly. Members of staff say hello and interact with the children, there’s quizzes dotted around and there’s this fantastic maze too!
The farm is absolutely beautiful and I am so lucky to have it so close by. We picked some open stems, some about to open and some closed stems so we can reap the benefits for a few weeks – I’m looking at them right now and smiling at such a lovely day out.
Overall, I love this place. Affordable, beautiful, friendly and helpful staff and a walk from my home, what’s not to love?