Broad Beans available mid-June – August
When to pick: Our Broad Bean fields will open in June for pick your own and our season continues through to August. We plant three different sowings so have a new crop every three weeks for nine weeks.
How to pick: We supply bags for picking, however we encourage you to bring your own bags to reduce plastic use. Picking broad beans is easy, feel the pod you want to pick to check there are beans inside and then pull them directly upwards from the stem pop in your bag. Do not remove the beans from their casings or damage the stem. Smaller pods will have smaller beans and be slightly sweeter – the beans in larger pods are stronger tasting but still delicious. Don’t pick too small as you won’t find any beans inside, we recommend picking pods that are at least six inches long but also look full.
Ready picked: If picking is not for you then we have a skilled team of professionals in the fields who pick our best every single day. You can find our ready-picked fruit & vegetables in the Farm Shop fridges. If you would like to order a large volume of fruit or vegetables for an event, we’ll be happy to help. Please contact us using our contact form or call the shop on 01865 358 309.
What we grow: We grow Witkiem Manita broad beans, these are quick growing and produce a lovely early season variety. Cook them, peel them, eat them raw or even freeze them to eat all year round. They are a great source of protein as well.
Fun fact: Broad beans really struggle when it’s hot and wilt down so we have to irrigate them quite a lot if we have a heat wave. They absolutely love a wet Spring so 2021 is, fingers crossed, the year for them.