Border Berries at Rutherford Farm on The Merse near Kelso is a third generation fruit farm owned by Harriet and Alistair Busby, growing fields of strawberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, tayberries and gooseberries in season, when families can pick their own, and enjoy fresh baking at the Tutti Frutti Café. 'The Scottish soft fruit industry is a great success story,' says Alistair. 'A strawberry is never sweeter than just picked, and we sell all our fruit locally now.' Harriet adds: 'Pick-you-own is a thriving business in the area. Borderers are a berry picking people – they want to make jam whatever the weather.' Alistair agrees: 'Give them 10 dry days in July and they’ll pick it – about three quarters are for jam, and the rest people pick for a day out with the kids.' It all makes for a healthy, fun day out: 'It’s healthy eating, and inexpensive,' continues Harriet, 'and quite constructive too – the kids all go home with something. We’ve a café as well, making fresh baking every day, using as much of our fruit as possible.'
Reviews & features
Berry good: the rise of the raspberry in Scotland, and the best places to pick your own1 May 2009
David Pollock goes by Glen Clova and Glen Ample to discover why raspberries are Scotland’s superberry.