Thursday, 26 May 2011
Free Family Fun day shows the real story behind food
On Sunday 12 June 2011, various farms across Lincolnshire will be opening their gates to the public for the annual Open Farm Sunday. This national event is a must for anyone interested in discovering how farmers produce our food, and the ways they care for our countryside.
Open Farm Sunday helps the public understand the story behind food and it’s link with nature, by encouraging them to be interactive and have some fun.
Each event is unique to the host farm. Some are on a large scale and include activities and mini farmers markets. Others are smaller events, catering for specific group visits.
Following the success of last year, Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop in Kirton Lindsey are putting on their own unique family fun day.
Last year the Farm Shop welcomed over 2000 visitors to their outdoor event. This year they have some new additions to their programme of events and a new theme running throughout the day.
This year they have joined forces with “Red Tractor” assurance (www.redtractor.org.uk) to help raise awareness of the quality assurance mark.
The Red Tractor is a mark of assurance that shows the food or drink product meets strict standards of food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare. The Union Flag featured in the logo highlights a guarantee of origin in the UK.
Shoppers may recognise the logo from their trips to the supermarket. It is featured on a variety of food and drink products from milk, to fresh meat and dairy, to produce and cereals.
Through its association with Red Tractor assurance, Uncle Henry’s will offer the public a fun and engaging afternoon whilst underlining the importance of food safety and origin.
“We are even planning a “Red Tractor” Tractor pull competition, so are hoping for some strong visitors!” says owner Steve Ward.
Other activities will include a falconry display, puppets, trailer rides and demonstrations. A raffle will be held to raise money for local charities Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Grayingham Church.
Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), organisers of Open Farm Sunday said: “Last year over 184,000 people visited farms on Open Farm Sunday experiencing the joy of discovering the great outdoors down on the farm. This is a day out with a real difference and so much to discover! Whatever you do at an Open Farm Sunday event on Sunday 12 June, it is a great opportunity to experience REAL farming at first hand and to meet Britain’s famers. Just as each farm is unique, each Open Farm Sunday event is unique. LEAF supports farmers with putting on an event that is not only enjoyable, but gives visitors a really fascinating insight into aspects of the countryside that they would not usually see or experience on an average day out.”
Open Farm Sunday at Uncle Henry’s is on Sunday 12th June and is free to enter. Other farms do not usually charge entry. However this is down to the discretion of the individual farm.
To find out more about LEAF and Open Farm Sunday call 02476 413911 or visit www.farmsunday.org