Pick your own Raspberries open
When to pick: Our raspberry polytunnels are now open until the end of September.
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 that 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 which is grown in our polytunnels. These plants fruit twice in the early summer and into the autumn – they’re slightly smaller than our other raspberries but they’re still delicious and a lovely dark red.
In the main season our Glen Ample come into fruit, which produce very large succulent fruits that freeze well. Our Tulameen raspberries come next. They’re described as having a “waist” because they nip in at the middle. Following our Glen Ample raspberries our outside raspberries – Octavia and Tadmore – ripen. These are smaller but firmer, both sweet and a great later fruiting variety.