Strawberries

Availability: PYO open now

Strawberry PYO is now open!

Please do continue to check social media in case we close the fields at short notice. 

How to pick: We supply punnets for picking, however we encourage you to bring your own plastic containers to reduce plastic use, plus we offer a discount of 10p a kg when you do! 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. We supply trays to carry all your picking containers on-site. Gently pinch the green stalk about half a centimetre up from the fruit and place the strawberry in your punnet. Try not to touch the strawberry itself as they bruise very easily, and this will make them go mushy.

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 strawberry varieties so we can offer you the very best tasting strawberries all year-round. The Rectory Farm strawberry season starts with our Vibrant variety, grown in our ‘cosy’ tunnels. These polytunnels have doors on them to keep them warm over winter. Vibrant are glossy, conical in shape and very sweet. They are a softer variety of strawberry so they don’t last as well in the fridge, but as we pick and sell them on the same day or next day, this poses no problem. You won’t find this variety in the supermarket for this very reason.

In early June we move to our main cropping season with Malling Centenary, Sonata, Finesse, and Symphony strawberries. The Centenary and Sonata are 60-day plants, which means we see strawberries growing 60-days from planting. This also means that we can stagger our planting to produce strawberries all summer long – and beyond. Finesse are an everbearer, which means that they start producing fruit once we have 12 hours of good sunlight and continue to crop until the days get shorter again. Symphony is our hardy variety and the crop you will find on the floor of our straw beds: delicious, slightly tangy, dark red and very good for jam!

Plan your visit to Rectory Farm pick your own.

Recipe Ideas

Strawberry and Yogurt Bark

Ingredients:

200ml smashed strawberries 

200ml vanilla yogurt 

Method:

  1. Mix together the strawberries and yogurt.
  2. Prepare a baking tray covered in baking parchment. 
  3. Spread an even layer of the mixture on the prepared baking tray. 
  4. Freeze for three hours or until solid 
  5. Break up your bark into small pieces 
  6. Perfect snack for a hot day! 

Also available today

Pinks

Pinks

Available: PYO open now

These dainty frilled flowers grow in an array of shades of pink and white and smell absolutely divine! Read more

Blackberries

Blackberries

Available: PYO open now

Enjoy the first taste of Silvan variety blackberries in mid-July. Perfect eaten fresh or made into blackberry jam. Read more

Gladioli

Gladioli

Available: PYO open now

Just a few stems of colourful gladioli will make a bold statement in the home or given as a gift. 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, chicken, lamb and beef from D'Oyley's Farm in Stadhampton, 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 from Oxfordshire farms and dairies. Our bread arrives each morning from Oxford’s Natural Bread Company and Degustibus artisan bakers in Abingdon.

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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.

pick your own

Come and pick your own Oxfordshire fruit, vegetables and flowers from our 45 acres of colourful produce, all grown just for you. 

You can enjoy Rectory Farm produce practically all year round - it simply doesn't get fresher than picking your own. Start with asparagus brunches and rhubarb tarts and crumbles in April, and then enjoy a long summer of strawberries, artichoke, broad beans, courgettes, raspberries, redcurrants, blackberries and blackcurrants.

Autumn brings a hearty crop of sweetcorn and pumpkins, and our many varieties of potatoes are available to buy all year round, from baby salad potatoes to red and white spuds perfect for baking, mashing, roasting and boiling. 

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PYO

The Rectory Farm picking season runs from April - October, starting with asparagus and finishing with pumpkins. 

Our strawberries ripen up at the start of May and finish into September. Check out our PYO page to see what's in season when, and for lots of recipe ideas.

Plan your visit

Enjoy a 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 from March - December to stock up on kitchen essentials and all our ready-picked fruit and vegetables if you’re short on time.

rectory farm cafe

Join us for coffee and locally baked pastries, a pot of tea and a slice of homemade cake or a cool ice-cream topped with a flake. 

We have both indoor seating and outdoor seating (covered and uncovered) and plenty of space for families and groups to gather and catch up over good food and drink.