Raspberries

Availability: Mid-June - September

Raspberries available from mid-June – September

When to pick: Our raspberry polytunnels will open in early June for pick your own and our season continues through to September. As soon as we have firm dates, we will update on this page and on social media.

How to pick: We supply shallow punnets for picking raspberries, however we encourage you to bring your own plastic containers to reduce plastic use. Lots of small containers for PYO are better than one large one, as soft fruit (especially raspberries) will easily bruise and squash at the bottom of a deep container. We supply trays to carry all your picking containers on-site. It’s really important to pick raspberries with two hands and we supply trolleys for you to put your containers on so this is possible. With one hand holding the raspberry lateral (branch), use the other to gently pull the raspberry from the plug – leaving the plug on the plant. If the raspberry doesn’t come off easily, leave it for another day. Using two hands is important to protect the branches and the fruit for a longer season. Raspberries are great for freezing and we supply lids that fit our punnets for 10p in the farm shop.

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 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 lots of different raspberry varieties so we can offer you the very best tasting raspberries throughout the season. The Rectory Farm raspberry season starts with our Versailles variety, grown in our polytunnels, these plants fruit twice in the early summer and into the autumn, slightly smaller than our other raspberries but delicious and dark red. In the main season our Glen Ample come into fruit, these produce very large succulent fruits that freeze well, as well as our Tulameen, these raspberries are described as having a “waist” they come in at the middle and then go out again at the point.

Following our Glen Ample raspberries our outside raspberries, Octavia and Tadmore ripen. These are smaller but firmer, are both sweet and a great later fruiting variety.

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!