Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Open Farm Sunday

If you missed it this Sunday saw the tenth open farm Sunday, an event that has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2006. Farms all over the country open their doors to the public putting on tractor rides, educational talks, kids activities and much more, all for free! The idea is to raise awareness of how farmers are working in harmony with nature to produce good food with environmental care.

Having missed it last year we took the opportunity to visit Slade Farm, an organic farm that rears pork, beef and lamb that is available to buy from the onsite farm shop.

Having a two year old boy, a day on a farm is just about the perfect day out for us; a highlight for him being the pig racing along with seeing all of the tractors.

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The owner of the farm gave an interesting talk whilst explaining about sheep shearing. Any meat he doesn’t sell from the farm shop is sold to Waitrose, his point being that you can either buy the meat from him or it can be shipped to Cambridge sorted and shipped back to the local town of Cowbridge. Something to think about if you’re conscious of food miles as perhaps we should all increasingly be.

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Other activities on the day were archery, a blacksmith demonstration, learning how to milk a cow, and of course a bbq selling homemade sausages and burgers.

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A great day out for all the family and we'll certainly be visiting one or two more next year.

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