• From The BBC:

    Berry farmers have reported a rise in the number of people picking their own fruit.One farm in the Lothians said it had experienced an increase of as much as 30% on last year. Farmers have told BBC Scotland the rise is due to the recession, fine weather and people becoming more food conscious. Most of Scotland’s soft fruit is picked professionally, with raspberries alone worth some £12m a year to the economy. West Craigie Farm by South Queensferry has been growing berries for decades. ‘Taste nicer’Farmer John Sinclair, 41, said July is the middle of the soft fruit growing season, so there are currently plenty of strawberries, red currants, red and green gooseberries and ripe raspberries. More and more people are coming here to pick their own fruit, he added. Mr Sinclair said: “Last year was a poor summer, but historically it’s still well up from the normal. “I think it’s just because people are maybe staying at home looking to save a bit of money, or it could even just be the pu…

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