The BEST PYO in Oxford

Pick your own (PYO) is a wonderful way to get really fresh local produce on the cheap. It’s also a fun afternoon out for the family. Here’s my top places to PYO in Oxford –

1) Peach Croft Farm

Peach Croft Farm OxfordPeach Croft Farm rear award-winning geese and turkeys, so are especially busy at Christmas time. Their Farm Shop stocks soft fruits, vegetables, cream, free-range eggs, free-range poultry, cakes, pies, preserves, fruit juices, and honey.

If you’re looking for something fun to do during a Summer weekend with the family you could try a tractor trailer ride to the pick-your-own fields. The also have a lovely little cafe that serve light lunch using their produce. Delicious!

What’s for picking?
Asparagus – mid-April until mid-June.
Strawberries and other berries are available from the end of May.
Peas and broad beans, available from the end of June.
Runner beans are available from August.
Pumpkins are available from late September to October, in time for Halloween.
Potatoes all year round.

Peach Croft Farm PYOWhere?
12 Acre Drive, Radley, Abingdon, OX14 2HP
01235 520094 / 01235 535978
Opening hours: Farm and Farm Shop open Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.30pm.
Also open Sun 10am-4pm in season (mid-May to August). Wheelchair friendly.

2) Medley Manor Farm

A beautiful small, family-run farm within the Oxford ring road, Medley Manor Farm provides pick-your-own as well as home made ice cream and honey made on the farm. A lovely walk from Jericho or Wolvercote (or a much shorter one from Botley) across Port Meadow. There’s also a cafe open every day serving light lunches (with soft drinks or wine or beer) and afternoon teas.

What’s for picking?
Asparagus: late April – mid June.
Strawberries: mid June – early July.
Sweetcorn: August – late September.

Where?
Binsey Lane Oxford OX2 0NJ Website Tel: 01865 241251
Opening Hours: Check out their website or call to find out if they’re open when you want to visit. Wheelchair friendly.

3) Q Gardens
Q Gardens signWorth a visit to see the proud home of the Harwell cherry, Q Gardens has a wonderful farm shop, which stocks deli and butchers selling cheeses, pies, sausage rolls and home made ice cream made from their own fruit! It’s open 9am-6pm daily and the tea room serving hot food until 2.30pm and tea and cake until 4pm.

What’s for picking?
Their website offers information and advice about the pick-your-own. The asparagus season begins in April – Mid June to be bought in the shop only. The other soft fruits (cherries, raspberries, currants, plums, damsons are ready towards the middle of June for PYO.

Where?
Q Gardens, Milton Hill
Steventon, Abingdon
Oxfordshire, OX13 6AB
01235 820988
info@qgardensfarmshop.co.uk

4) Rectory Farm
Strawberry picking at Rectory FarmRectory Farm has grown in stature over the past 2 years. It’s Country Cafe and terrace area has been extended and the shop is well established. Always a fun afternoon out for the family. A wide variety of PYO followed by tea, a delicious selection of home made cakes and a bounce on their bouncy castle (sorry children only).

What’s for picking?
Asparagus season begins end of April and has just finished for the year.
The main pick-your-own and the farm shop are open from the 15th May to the end of August every day, 9.30am to 6pm; the Country Café is open 10am – 5.30pm. PYO crops include strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, whitecurrants, blackberries, asparagus, broad beans, carrots, beetroot. Lots of potato varieties.

Where?
Pound Lane, Stanton St  John, Oxford, OX331HF
01865 351677
Wheelchair friendly.

5) Millets Farm
Millets Farm PumpkinsA huge, rurally situated farm centre with large farm shop, garden centre, craft and art gallery, cafe/restaurant, summer maize maze, falconry site, farm zoo and playground. Large selection of fruit and vegetables plus dairy products, fish, patisserie, wine and meat.

What’s for picking?
Open for PYO from June to September 9-5.30pm. A massive choice of over 30 different fruits and vegetables can be picked throughout the warmer months and many new varieties of certain crops.

Where?
Kingston Road
Frilford, Nr Abingdon
Oxfordshire, OX13 5HB

The Farm Shop: 01865 392200
The Restaurant: 01865 391169
The Garden Centre: 01865 391923
Pick Your Own: June to September – 01865 391555
Maize Maze: July to September – 07826 132416

Do you know of any other PYO’s in Oxfordshire? Please drop me a line in the comments below or and email at carolinementzer@gmail.com

 

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