Strawberries

Availability: Ready to pick

When to pick: Our Strawberry fields are now open, they are open until September. Strawberries on the ground in straw beds will be ready approx end of June.

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.

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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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.