Rectory Farm grow a wide range of soft fruits, vegetables, cereals and potatoes just outside Oxford. The Pick Your Own is what we are renowned for but ready picked produce directly from the farm is increasing in popularity.
Richard and Carla Stanley have been farming at Rectory Farm since 1980. That was the year when the Pick Your Own opened with just 1 1/2 acres of strawberries and 1/2 acre of Raspberries. Since then the PYO has grown to covering some 45 acres at their main PYO and Shop site and a further 30 acres of Asparagus. Extra bits of land are rented to grow potatoes in the surrounding area. It has some easily worked land which was vitally important before tractors. Many crops at Rectory Farm are irrigated and two reservoirs were constructed in 1993 to add to the first irrigation scheme constructed in 1964. The reservoirs ensure a supply of water which is vital when there are droughts!
They 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 other crops. They grow many other crops including potatoes, gladioli, artichokes, sweetcorn, green beans and pinks.
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