Sweetcorn

Availability: Back in 2024

Sweetcorn is now finished for 2023! Sign up to our newsletter for early offers and crop picking dates.

When to pick: Our sweetcorn season typically begins in August and continues into the autumn. We plant three sowings which come into crop in evenly spaced waves, so you can enjoy our farm grown sweetcorn for around two glorious months every year.

How to pick: Sweetcorn is ripe when the tufts at the top are brown and look like they are slightly dead – this means the corn is set and will be at its sweetest. Avoid all cobs with green or yellow tops – they need more time to ripen. Carrier bag at the ready, grab the whole corn and snap it away from the plant – it will come off in your hand. Pick as many as you like and pay for your produce in the shop when you’re  finished.

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 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 a variety called Earlibird and like its name suggests, this comes early in the season and is beautifully yellow. We follow this Goldcrest which continues our season until September, and this is slightly golden in colour. Both taste very similar and we recommend picking and eating on the same day!

Plan your visit to Rectory Farm pick your own.

Recipe Ideas

Corn Ribs

Ingredients:

2 corn cobs 

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika

½ lemon

1 tbsp oil

Optional: 1 tbsp parsley, chopped

Optional: mix 2 tbsp mayo, ½ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp pepper to make a dip for your corn ribs. 

How to:

  1. Cut the corn in half lengthways straight through the core, then cut each half in half again. Each cobb will give you 4 corn ribs. 
  2. Cover in oil and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. 
  3. Cook in the air fryer or oven for 10-15mins at 200°C/180°C fan
  4. Generously dress with fresh lemon juice and parsley
  5. A perfect side to your summer BBQ!

Recipe by Ben and Julia at Rethink Cooking 

Also available today

Potatoes

Potatoes

Available: now

Sacks of our Saxon, Jelly and Mozart potatoes are available in the farm shop from the autumn. Read more

Asparagus

Asparagus

Available: PYO open now

The English asparagus season traditionally runs from St George's Day until Midsummer. 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.