Next Sunday, June 12th is Open Farm Sunday when farms across the UK open their gates to visitors to help them understand more about food and farming. And collect some quality goodies for the larder.
You can view their website www.leafuk.org and find some two dozen Yorkshire farms holding open days. Here are three we like the sound of:
Swillington Organic Farm, Leeds: See sheep, pigs, cows and chickens. Meet the farmer, the butcher and the beekeeper and try out their burgers and sausages in the food marquee.
Carr House Farm, Foston on the Wolds, Driffield: An organic farm where they mill their own flour to produce bread in a traditional wood-fired oven. As Side Oven Bakery they produce bread, flour, muesli and granola as well as their own apple juice and elderflower cordial. A lovely day out and a chance to see herons, owls and maybe otters.
Calling yourself the Pizza Farm sounds like a good way to get the kids interested in food and farming and that’s the idea behind Caroline and Mike Newland’s farm at Tollerton near York. They tell the story from field to fork ending with a pizza from their wood fired oven.
Having met Swillington and Side Oven many a time suffering the weather at farmers’ markets around Yorkshire, it would be great to support them on their own patches next Sunday.