Rural ‘celebration’

Benjamin France and mum Carolyn got up close to Mrs Fothergill, a European Eagle Owl, with the help of handler Simon Smith EMN-140529-151843001
Benjamin France and mum Carolyn got up close to Mrs Fothergill, a European Eagle Owl, with the help of handler Simon Smith EMN-140529-151843001

Farms from across the region are celebrating British agriculture and food with Open Farm Sunday this weekend.

The nationwide event attracts hundreds of farms who will open their gates to show the public how food is made and how farms are sustainable.

Uncle Henry’s at Grayingham Grange farm at Grayingham will have events including falconry, a dog show, tractor and trailer rides, pig racing, pony rides, wicker craft, machinery displays and bead and sausage making demonstrations.

Visitors will also be shown how the farm grows wheat and barley and shown what food can bbe produced from the grain, including cereals, flour and biscuits.

“There’s a lot to celebrate about British farming and food. My team and I are really looking forward to welcoming everyone and showing them around the farm,” said Steve Ward from Uncle Henry’s.

Sir Richard Sutton’s Settled Estates, at Stainton le Vale, is also taking part.

“Visitors will be able to discover the story behind their food and gain a fascinating insight into aspects of the countryside they won’t normally see. It also an opportunity for farmers to showcase the industry and all that is good about it,” said farm manager Malcolm Vaughan,”

Minting Park Farm promises a “fun, family day out” with a self-guided tour, machinery, a farm quiz and BBQ.

“Meet the cows, sheep, pigs & laying hens. The Farm Shop will be open and all the meat sold in the shop counter has been born and reared here at Minting Park Farm giving you full traceability,” said the farm’s Stephanie Camm.

And Bardney’s Poucher & Sons, Grass Driers and Arable Farmers will also be open giving the public a chance to easily visit two farms in one day.