Broad Beans

Availability: Mid-June - August

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.

Plan your visit to Rectory Farm pick your own.

Pick of the month

STRAWBERRIES

Pick your own strawberries for the freshest-tasting berries. The British strawberry season runs from May - September  - and picking your own makes the best of this time. Come visit us again and again during this period, bring your own punnets to fill and choose exactly what you like from our fields. Picking is quick and easy – and supremely satisfying!

We grow six different types of strawberry, ready at different times of the summer so you always have the best that we can offer. We grow almost all our strawberries on table-tops, this is easy picking and under polytunnels which means you can even pick when it rains. Our on the ground strawberries are usually ready in July.

If you’re pushed for time or don't want to pick your own, we sell freshly picked punnet of strawberries in our Farm Shop for a quick grab and go.

 

 

Also available today

Potatoes (white)

Potatoes (white)

Available: In shop now

Our Jelly and Orchestra potatoes are available in the Farm Shop now. Pick up a 5kg, 10kg or 25kg sack. Read more

Strawberries

Strawberries

Available: PYO Now - October

We grow several varieties of English strawberries. The first crop is ready to pick now and the last crop finishes in October. Read more

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Available: PYO now - mid-June

Come and pick your own Ruby Red Rhubarb now, plus ready-picked stalks available in the Farm Shop. Read more

Farm shop

We sell all our own homegrown produce when in season - including several varieties of our own potatoes - picked and on the shelves within a few hours. We work hard to source the best quality local products from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and The Cotswolds. In our fridges you’ll find local meat, pies and sausage rolls from Eadles Farm in neighbouring Beckley village, award winning organic cheeses from Nettlebed Creamery, and traditional farmhouse Cotswold Butter – plus all manner of condiments and cooking sauces, baking supplies, biscuits, pantry essentials, free range eggs and milk. Our bread arrives each morning from Long Crendon Manor Bakery and Degustibus artisan bakers in Abingdon.

Please help us to reduce waste

Please try wherever possible to bring your own containers and carrier bags when you visit our Farm Shop and PYO. We offer a disocunt on all our PYO fruit and vegetables when you bring your own containter - do good and save money!

Lots of small containers for PYO are better than one large one, as soft fruit will easily bruise and squash at the bottom of a deep container.

Pop into the shop before you start picking so we can weigh your containers for you – we can then deduct these from the weight of your fruit when you come to pay at the end.

Pick Your Own

Come and pick your own fruit, vegetables and flowers from our 45 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire fields. Our specialities are asparagus (April – June) and strawberries (May – October).

Picking your own asparagus in the fields and eating it for lunch a few hours later is one of life’s simplest pleasures. As is making your own jams and jellies from the fruit picked with friends or family on a sunny afternoon - and freezing the fruit leftover for a sweet taste of summer after the seasons change.

More at Rectory Farm

Cafe

At The Tractor Shack Café we sell freshly baked pastries, homemade cakes, Yarde Farm ice-cream, hot and cold drinks and delicious, farm-to-fork lunches. Our lunch menu is local and seasonal, placing our fabulous farm produce centre-stage. Come and try our famous homemade wonky strawberry milkshakes.

Plan your visit

Enjoy a family day out at Rectory Farm picking all your favourite fruit and vegetables to take home and enjoy. Remember to bring your own punnets and carrier bags to help us reduce plastic use. Visit the shop anytime to stock up on local  kitchen essentials and all our ready-picked fruit and vegetables if you’re short on time.

Hampers

If you’re not local to us you needn’t miss out. Order a Rectory Farm Hamper online to send anywhere in the UK – the perfect thank you gift or care package. Our asparagus hamper includes a bundle of our freshly-picked asparagus and a jar Hollandaise Sauce. Treat a loved one or order one for yourself to celebrate English asparagus!