NOTES FROM THE FARM – MARCH

Mar 5, 2024

We're back out in the fields...

After a really wet winter we are hoping that the rain will hold off for a bit so we can plough and ridge before potato planting starts in April…

In the PYO our first crop of strawberries has been planted and we are trying out a new variety alongside our favourite early cropping ‘Vibrant’. This one is called ‘Allegro’ and has been planted in the tunnels next to the car park. These should be ready to pick at the end of May. We are also trialling some early strawberries in our flower/pumpkin tunnel and hoping to see these early May. Watch this space…

Over the next couple of months the team will be planting gladioli, putting tunnels up, pruning gooseberries and strawing up the rhubarb beds to get ready for the summer. It might look quiet out there but there’s always a lot happening behind the scenes.

Our sand pit is also having a bit of a refit at the moment – we were hoping to do this earlier but unfortunately the wet weather has really put a halt to so much of our work.

The shop and café are open again for 2024 and both have had a little refresh for the new season. We are excited to be bringing more local and British suppliers into both the shop and café – come and take a look!

This year we celebrate 70 years of the Stanley family at Rectory Farm and we have big plans for a party to celebrate all that has been achieved. We look forward to sharing details of our celebrations going soon, but for now do look out for our lovely new ’70 Strawberry’ on some of our marketing.

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