Broad Beans

Availability: Ready to pick

Broad Beans PYO now open

When to pick: Our Broad Beans are now open and ready to be picked until mid-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.

Also available today

Artichokes

Artichokes

Available: Ready to pick and in shop

Pick your own globe artichokes from our fields now, perfect steamed with melted butter. Read more

Potatoes

Potatoes

Available: In the shop

Our 2022 harvested Maris Bard new potatoes are now in the shop, loose, 1kg or 5kg bags; plus our delicious Venezia salad potatoes. Read more

Courgettes

Courgettes

Available: Ready to pick and in shop

Ambassador courgettes, a dark green small variety will be available to pick from the fields from early- July. 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.

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 discount on all our PYO fruit and vegetables when you bring your own container - 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.

Use our "bring your own weigh station" to weigh your containers before picking – we can then deduct these from the weight of your fruit when you come to pay at the end.

Remember to bring your own 1 litre bottle for milk or buy a Rectory Farm glass bottle in the shop.

strawberry pyo open

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.

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cheese hamper

PYO Open

Our pick your own is in full swing with a whole range of crops to pick everyday. Strawberries and Raspberries are available to pick until September. Our short season of redcurrants and blackcurrants has just started, pop over soon to pick your currants for jam making. We finish the colourful PYO year with our October pumpkins.

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.

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Our first ever Pumpkin Patch was a huge success in 2021, so we have planted five times as many for the 2022 season. We are growing a whole variety from standard orange lanterns to tiny white caspirita and giant polar bears. Sign up for our newsletter to find out the details on when our patch opens for picking.