Potatoes (white)

Availability: Late-August - 2022

Potatoes will be harvested in late-August

When to pick: Our potatoes are grown all over the farm and whilst we don’t offer PYO, we do sell them in the Farm Shop in various bag sizes, 25kg, 10kg, 5kg or loose. We recommend storing in a cool garage to keep your potatoes fresh, and we sell them in paper bags to help keep the light out. 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 via email: shop@rectoryfarmpyo.co.uk or call the shop on 01865 358 309.

What we grow: We grow lots of different potatoes varieties, each for a different market. Our white potatoes – Jelly and Orchestra are all – rounders, delicious for roasting, mashing, boiling and baking.

  • Jelly potatoes have a yellowy flesh that holds its colour when cooking. They are a mix between waxy and floury. Top tip: par-boil a pot and give them a little bash around the colander and they will fluff up perfectly for roasties. Being on the waxy side, they hold their shape for bakers and potato salads. These are the farmhouse favourites.
  • Saxon potatoes have a whiter flesh. They are waxy and hold their shape which makes them a great choice for baking and boiling. If making mash with Saxon potatoes always make sure you drain away the water so they don’t end up with mushy mash!

How we grow: We grow all our potatoes on site at Rectory Farm: 2,000 tonnes in total per year. We grow in three row beds, planting in late spring and harvesting late summer through to the autumn. We irrigate all our potatoes – with dry summers becoming more common this is essential for us to produce the tastiest potato. We store our potatoes on site in a cold store, bringing a few tonnes out at a time that we hand grade and put into our own Rectory Farm bags.

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

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Available: PYO Open - September

Rectory Farm's first ever sunflower patch is now open for pick your own. Read more

Raspberries

Raspberries

Available: PYO Now - September

Pick your own raspberries from June, perfect for eating on the day or freezing to eat all year round. 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

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 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.

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.

Pick Your Own

Our pick your own is now full of your favourite fruits to pick, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants. Come and pick Broad Beans from our vegetable patch and pick up some freshly cut flowers from the shop. our pick your own fields are open from 9.30 Tuesday - Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!