Pick Your Own

Fancy some fresh fruit and vegetables? At Parkside Farm we grow a wide variety of delicious summer fruits and high-quality vegetables for you to come and pick your own. Why not pay us a visit?

About us

Our family has been farming at Parkside Farm since 1938. Although we no longer keep fields of wheat and other crops. We started growing strawberries for Pick Your Own back in 1979. Since then, we have made the Pick Your Own area larger and we now grow about 20 different crops.

Opening times

The season starts in late June, but opening hours are variable the first week. Please ring our message line to check. From July onwards, we are open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 am to 5:30 pm (last entry 5 pm). Opening hours are variable on Sundays. Mondays CLOSED.

Crop calendar

Some crops may be in limited supply at certain times, so always ring the message line for daily updates before setting out.

Strawberries: early June to mid-October Blackcurrants: early July to mid-August

Raspberries: mid-June to mid-August Redcurrants: mid-July to mid-August

Blackberries: mid-July to mid-October Plums: mid-July to early September


There is a minimum charge of £3 for each adult or child who enters the Pick Your Own area. This means that every person has to spend at least £3 on Pick-Your-Own fruits or they will charged this amount when they leave.

Strawberries: £4.49/kg Blackcurrants: £4.79/kg Raspberries: £6.39/kg

Redcurrants: £4.79/kg Blackberries: £5.39/kg Plums: £ 2.99/kg

Find us

Parkside Farm is in the Enfield of London, north of the city centre.

For more information , please call our message line on 020 8367 2035 or check our website:

1.What do we learn about Parkside Farm from the text?

A. It sells fruit and vegetables online.

B. It doesn’t open on Mondays.

C. It’s situated in the south of London.

D. It has a small Pick Your Own area.

2.If a family of three buy 1 kg of strawberries and 1 kg of plums on the farm, they should pay_______.

A. £6 B. £7.48

C. £9 D. £16.48

3.What is the main purpose of the text?

A. To instruct people how to grow crops.

B. To tell readers how to pick fruits.

C. To advise people to grow crops

D. To attract visitors to pick fruits

When Nancy Flexer opened the door to her classroom near the end of her final school year, all 41 years of her career as a beloved first-grade teacher came to life right in front of her.

Cole Elementary School in Tennessee surprised Flexer with a memorable and emotional retirement party featuring former students of all ages, dating back to the first class she taught in the 1973-74 school year. A video of the event shows an overwhelmed Flexer being moved to tears as she hears former students who are now adults tell her how much she affected their lives.

"I'm one of the luckiest people in this world," Flexer said. "I remember I opened the door to the classroom thinking no one was in there, and it was wall-to-wall people and banners and everything. It was the coolest thing that could've ever happened in my life. How many times do we really realize the lives we've touched, the manner in which we've touched them, and that these are memories that stay with them for life?"

Despite being young when they were taught by Flexer, students easily recalled the heartwarming notes she wrote them on report cards, the ways she helped them overcome shyness and awkwardness, and how she inspired them to future academic success to earn scholarships and advanced degrees.

Even though Flexer hadn't seen some of the former students for decades, she instantly remembered the names of every single one there.

A scrapbook(剪贴簿) of her career was presented to her as one student after another recalled the effect Flexer had on his or her life.

“I’ve had many opportunities to move to a school closer to my home, but I said ‘Cole gave me so much in my life that when I retire, I will retire from Cole school and give back what’s been given to me.” Flexer said. “My career could’ve taken me nowhere that would have made me happier. I think of it as a blessing.”

1.We learn from the text that the retirement party__________.

A. was beyond Flexer’s expectations

B. attracted many of Flexer’s friends

C. was full of appreciative parents

D. was organized by Flexer’s students

2.Flexer’s former students ___________.

A. helped her overcome her shyness

B. presented her with cards

C. held a party to express their happiness

D. bore her help and inspiration in mind

3.What can we infer from the last paragraph?

A. Flexer missed many chances of further studies

B. Flexer once studied in Cole Elementary School

C. Flexer loved her teaching career in Cole

D. Flexer refused many other school’s invitations

4.What would be the best title for the text?

A. An interesting party

B. A teacher’s 41-year teaching career

C. Students’ memories of their beloved teacher

D. Students fro 41 years surprise their beloved teacher

On Tuesday, scientists announced that they have discovered the bones of four settlers in Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in what become the United States. The bones were unearthed under the floor of a Jamestown church which was discovered in 2010 and is considered as America,s first Protestant church.

The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne and the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History announced that the settlers held high leadership positions. The men, Rev.Robert Hunt,Capt. Gabriel Archer,Sir Ferdinando Wainman,and Capt. William West, all played a role in the Jamestown settlement. After being lost to history for more than 400 years, the discovery of their remains provides new clues about their life and the importance of religion in the 1600s.

“This is a very important discovery,” Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation President James Horn said in a statement. “These men were among the first founders of English America."

About 100 people settled along the James River in what would become the first English settlement m 1607. During that time, settlers in Jamestown were faced with famine and disease The colony was nearly wiped out due to conflict with Native Americans in the area and with other English settlers.

"They lived and died at a hard time in the history of the settlement , when Jamestown almost ended in  failure," Horn said. “The bones of these men help fill in the stories of their lives ”

The Smithsonian and the Rediscovery Foundation found the remains in November of 2013. Scientists used 3-D technology to locate the exact gravesites of the men. The team wanted to identify its findings before announcing the discovery. They identified the men using historical records and studied the chemicals of the bones to learn what the men ate and where they came from.

Findings from the burials will go on display within weeks at Historic Jamestowne. The site also plans to honor the men and will keep their bones in a safe place for future study.

1.The bones found in a Jamestown church_____________.

A. were first discovered in 2010

B. have been buried for over four centuries

C. have proved to be a family of four

D. are complete and easy to recognize

2.The underlined phrase ‘wiped out” in Paragraph 4 is closest in meaning to ______________.

A. supported fully B. developed rapidly

C. destroyed completely D. protected successfully

3.What can we learn from Paragraph 6 ?

A. How scientists keep the bones in good shape.

B. Why the four leaders were buried in Jamestown.

C. Why the four leaders chose to settle in Jamestown.

D. How scientists identified the four leaders.

4.This text is most probably__________________.

A. a history paper B. a research paper

C. a newspaper report D. a warning message

One October morning, I got off the all-night train in Mandalay, a city in Myanmar. A rough man came up and offered to show me around. The price he asked was less than I would pay for a bar of chocolate at home. So I climbed into his trishaw(三轮车).

As he was showing me around, he told me how he had come to the city from his village. He’d earned a degree in mathematics. His dream was to be a teacher. But of course, life is hard here, and so for now, this was the only way he could make a living. Many nights, he told me, he actually slept in his trishaw so he could catch the first visitors off the all-night train.

And very soon, we found that in certain ways, we had so much in common---we were both in our 20s, we were both fascinated by foreign cultures----that he invited me home.

So we turned off the wide, crowded streets, and came to rough, wild alleyways(小巷). I really lost my sense of where I was, and realized that I could easily get cheated or something even worse.

Finally, he stopped and led me into a hut. And then he reached under his bed. Something in me froze. I waited to see what he would pull out. And finally he took out a box. Inside it was every single letter he had ever received from visitors from abroad.

So when we said goodbye that night, I realized he had also shown me the secret point of travel, which is to go inwardly(向内心)as well as outwardly to places you would never go otherwise, to go into uncertainty, even fear.

At home, its dangerously easy to think we’re on top of things. Out in the world, you are reminded every moment that you’re not, and you can’t get to the bottom of things, either.

1.What do we know about the trishaw puller?

A. He used to be a teacher B. He works very hard

C. He is a foreigner in Myanmar D. He received little education

2.Why did the author freeze in front of the bed?

A. He was feeling very cold

B. He didn’t expect to see the letters

C. He was shocked by the room’s bad condition

D. He thought the young man was going to hurt him

3.What is the author’s opinion on travel?

A. Fear nothing

B. Follow your heart

C. Enjoy the beauty of life

D. Be prepared for the unexpected

4.What does the phrase “get to the bottom of things” mean in the last paragraph?

A. Solve the problems

B. Find out the truth

C. Get to know the place really

D. Learn about the bottom of society

Having been walking in the snow for 2 hours, Little Buddy was really tired and frustrated. The way home seemed_______, each step a struggle. For fall every little distance that Buddy gained, he seemed to fall back even further, pushed by the rising wind and his own______ . When Buddy had to go uphill, he looked with_______at the long distance remaining and thought he wasn’t going to make it. His legs had been pushing through almost-waist-high______for hours, and all he wanted to do was to ______down, to end this terrible journey and close his eyes.

Suddenly, there was someone_______him. A large man was looking down at Buddy, smiling at him.________, Buddy, should have heard the sound of the man’s boots crunching(使……发出嘎吱嘎吱声)the snow________he’d walked up from behind. But, there hadn’t been a________.

Buddy stared at the_______. Who was he? There was a scarf hiding most of his face, but______, Buddy felt no fear of him. The man said nothing. He simply picked Buddy up, lifted him over his_________, set Buddy on his shoulders and began to______ .

Buddy told the man where he________. As they approached the house, the stranger _______and looked Buddy in the eye. Buddy_______and the man silently lowered his head and helped Buddy_______off his shoulders. Buddy was so happy that he immediately knocked at the door. When Buddy________the man and wanted to thank him, he had already_______. Buddy could only see________in the snow and a dim(模糊的)view of his back.

1.A. fascinating B. adequate C. endless D. primitive

2.A. worry B. confidence C. exhaustion D. pride

3.A. fear B. relief C. caution D. shame

4.A. bush B. grass C. glue D. snow

5.A. cut B. lie C. go D. turn

6.A. behind B. around C. far away from D. in front of

7.A. Luckily B. Hopefully C. Significantly D. Surely

8.A. as B. and C. but D. or

9.A. man B. sound C. boot D. scarf

10.A. thief B. robber C. stranger D. referee

11.A. firmly B. surprisingly C. consequently D. faithfully

12.A. head B. feet C. legs D. nails

13.A. slip B. ski C. run D. walk

14.A. lay B. studied C. lived D. stood

15.A. shouted B. turned C. listened D. waited

16.A. cried B. fled C. nodded D. reflected

17.A. slide B. walk C. take D. jog

18.A. spoke of B. thought of C. heard of D. dreamed of

19.A. resigned B. disappeared C. slept D. left

20.A. water B. ice C. caves D. footprints

Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus (马戏表演). One family between us and the ticket counter made a big impression(印象) on me. There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. Their clothes were clean. The children were well-behaved, all of them standing in line, two-by-two behind their parents, holding hands.

The ticket lady asked the father how many tickets he wanted. He proudly said, “Please let me buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets so I can take my family to the circus.”The ticket lady told him the price. The wife’s head dropped, and the man’s lip began to quiver (抖动). The father asked, “How much did you say?”

The ticket lady told him the price again.

The man didn’t have enough money.

Seeing what was going on, my dad put his hand into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill and dropped it on the ground (We were not wealthy either). My father reached down, picked up the bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket.”

The man knew what was going on. He wasn’t begging for money but certainly thanked the help in a difficult, embarrassing situation. He looked straight into my dad’s eyes, took my dad’s hand in both of his, and with a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied, “Thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family.”

My father and I went back to our car and drove home. We didn’t go to the circus that night, but we didn’t go without.

1.Why was the writer impressed by(留下深刻印象) the family?

A. Because the family was very poor.

B. Because the family was very happy.

C. Because the family was very noisy.

D. Because the family was very large.

2.When the ticket lady told them the price, the wife .

A. hardly heard B. hardly understood

C. felt disappointed D. felt confused

3.Which of the following words can be best used to describe the writer’s father?

A. Honest. B. Kind. C. Patient. D. Careful.

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