Last year’s Open Farm Sunday events on 335 farms attracted over 150,000 people and a Bridlington farming family is hoping that this year’s events will be even better.
Chris and Charlotte Shipley from Manor Farm Beef will be opening the gates to Chris’s parents’ farm, Manor Farm, at Thornholme, Bridlington for the third time on Sunday, June 9.
Explaining the rationale for opening the farm to the public, Charlotte Shipley said:
“With events surrounding provenance of food being high on the media agenda this year, consumers’ interest in where their food comes from is keener than ever.
“The theme of this year’s Open Farm Sunday is ‘Discover the story behind your food’ and we have a series of events planned, including interactive family fun in the farm yard, with home -made Manor Farm Beef Burgers and a guided farm walk with environmental and archeological interest.
“Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside. We hope that the events are well supported as it’s a great day out.”
Open Farm Sunday is the only day in the year when farmers and producers across Britain unite to open their farm gates to the public. It’s organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), who established Open Farm Sunday in 2006 and have been managing it annually ever since. Almost one million visitors have visited Open Farm Sunday events since it began.
For more information about Open Farm Sunday, please visit http://www.farmsunday.org. Other participating East Yorkshire farms include Home Farm, Sledmere Estate, Elmswell Farms, Driffield, Manor Farm, Lund and Weighton Wold Farm, Market Weighton.