Getting up close and personal with farm animals, machinery and crops may appear to those of us living in the countryside nothing unusual but sadly, despite an upsurge of interest in British food and drink, many still have little understanding of real farm life. We may drive past crops in the fields all summer but do we really know what is growing there or what is involved in the journey from field to plate? If not, you are certainly not alone! Since 2006 Open Farm Sunday, organised by LEAF (Linking Environment & Farming, has been encouraging us all to discover more about real farming life by providing opportunities for people to visit farms of all kinds, to meet the people who take care of the land and provide us with such an array of amazing British food. In 2015 80% of visitors said they learned something new about farming and for 1 in 5 it was their first ever visit to a farm.
This year Open Farm Sunday is 5th June and several Island businesses are opening their gates as part of this celebration of British Farming - so why not round off half-term with a farm visit? Learn more, participate in fun activities, enjoy the beautiful countryside and of course taste some of that delicious produce too! At Wight Marque we check all our members grow, rear or use truly island produce and this is an opportunity for you to see for yourself the passion lying behind some of the products which bear the Wight Marque logo!
Isle of Wight Open Farm Sunday also demonstrates the range of farms and produce available here:
At Living Larder, a vegetable farm, there are walking tours, bug hunts, pond dipping & a pop up kitchen with Robert Thompson, using the farm’s own delicious vege.
The Tomato Stall sells now famous Isle of Wight Tomatoes all across the country – and here you can tour one of the glass houses and see just how they grow the tastiest tomatoes in the land! At Briddlesford Lodge Farm you can meet the gorgeous Guernsey cows and discover why they produce such high quality milk, making Buttercup milk and cream so sought after for Island dairy produce and makes an Isle of Wight latte especially luxurious!
Possibly the most well-kept secret of all is tucked away in Newchurch- where The Fruit Bowl will be opening its fields to show you the many varieties of fruit they grow and their eco-efficient ethos, which result in their popular range of jams.
Open Farm Sunday - have a great day out, support our Island farmers – see and taste what a difference being truly local makes!
For details see contact details on our members pages - or visit www.farmsunday.org/visit-a-farm and enter Isle of Wight.