Pick Your Own
Rectory Farm specialises in 'Pick Your Own' as a great day out for all the family near Oxford.
It's the best value for your money when buying local fresh fruit and vegetables. We start with Asparagus in late April and continue on with Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries and other fruits and vegetables until the end of October.
The Tractor Shack is open Tuesday-Sunday serving hot and cold drinks, as well as freshly baked cake and takeaway lunches.
See below what's next in season
Enjoy 45 acres of farm
We have 45 acres of fields to walk around so there is plenty to choose from. The fields are marked with each crop - some may be picking now, some finished picking, and some not yet ready for picking. The main fruit crops to pick your own are strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries. Vegetable crops comprise, asparagus, broad beans and carrots. Asparagus is grown in a separate field near the Oxford Crematorium and has a much earlier season than our other crops.
We grow many other crops including potatoes, gladioli, artichokes, and pinks that our pickers pick and so not available for pick your own. (Unless you like a long walk to get to them!).
Many parents find introducing their children to a Pick Your Own is an exciting adventure. They can really understand where their food comes from by touching and seeing not from a textbook. There is plenty of room for the children to get plenty of exercise while doing it and they really can't get into too much difficulty - though occasionally some get lost (temporarily!) in the maze of fields.
Asparagus: PYO Open
Pick Your Own Opens 26th April, Tues/Wed/Thurs 2-5pm, Friday 10-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-1pm. You can also pick them up in the shop anytime. End of Season traditionally 21st June. PYO price £5.75, Ready Picked price £8.50/kg.
Rhubarb: In the Shop
We grow Raspberry Red a sweet rich red coloured variety that holds its lovely colour after cooking - £2.50/kg in the Farm Shop.
Strawberries: Now open
Our Pick Your Own is now open with our earliest variety Vibrant, best picked when it's red all over. It's sweet, juicy and is the first taste of summer. Sonata and our other varieties will come in from June. Ready Picked price £7.00/kg, PYO price £4.50/kg, quantity discount £4/kg. Keep an eye on our homepage and Facebook for more regular updates.
PYO £3.95, ready picked £4.95.
Gooseberries: End of May
PYO £4.00/kg, ready picked in the shop £5.50/kg. Gooseberries are an increasingly popular fruit for Pick Your Own and not available in UK supermarkets. Our season starts with Invicta which is a cooking variety, slightly tart and is ideal for Gooseberry Fool. In mid July we have two dessert varieties perfect for eating from the punnet - but only for a short season.
New Potatoes: End of June
New Potatoes due in the end of June, baby salad potatoes in August and main crop from September.
On site we grow various different colour pinks, we pick them for you and sell them in the shop at just £2 a bunch! Great for brightening up your kitchen table.
Broad Beans: End of June
Broad Beans are a very popular vegetable for Pick Your Own. We offer a special price for when you pick two carrier bag fulls. PYO £1.20/kg, Ready Picked £2.00/kg
Gladiolis: End of June
Colours include green, white, yellow, red, orange, pink, dark red and many more...you don't need many for these to create a stunning display in a large vase. 65p each or pick up 10 for just £5.50!
PYO was £6.80/kg now £5/kg and Ready picked £10/kg - just a few but more to come on the 20 August. We start with Glen Fyne, then Tulameen, Octavia, Himbo Top, Polka, with a couple of new varieties as well. Raspberries freeze well - Just pick into our shallow 300gm punnets, snap on the lids (FOC) and pop straight into the freezer.
PYO £5/kg. The Season has now ended. Our Blackberry variety is Ben Silvan. It picks early in the season from about 15th July. One of the very few blackberries you can eat just like Raspberries ie straight into the bowl. They are not sharp like September picked blackberries.
PYO £4.20/kg. Ready picked £9/kg, the season has now ended.