The sun came out as crowds of families gathered to Foxholes Farm in Hertford last Sunday to celebrate Open Farm Sunday.
Award winning owner, Catherine Smith and her team and family worked incredibly hard opening the farm for the general public as host of this years Open Farm Sunday Organisation.
The day started tractor trailer rides from the farm car park to the farm entrance, escorting adults and children to the main barn entrance then to be greeted by the farms herds of cattle including adorable Jersey calves, Aberdeen Angus and Simmental breeds in the main barn. The barn included farm games, guess the weight of the bull and a pop up shop of goodies by volunteers from the East Anglian Air Ambulance Team, who do an incredible job with rescuing situations in harsh rural conditions, in which all donations were made on the day.
The Hertfordshire young farmers team, kindly gave up their hard working day on their own farms to make sure people were safe by machinery, escorting tractor rides and engaging with the public, handing out leaflets and goodie bags with information and knowledge on farm machinery and how the our crops are grown and cultivated from farm to fork with also signing up new members.
Fantastic butchery demonstrations by the farms own butchers were being held in the busy farm shop. The butchers demonstrated with great skill on how to butcher a lamb and pig, making our food more economical, together with cheese tastings from the farms own stunning delicatessen and local farm produce on sale.
Granny Smiths tea shop served up dishes using local and regional produce in which all ingredients were available to purchase from the farm shop and delicious cream teas all day and you could enjoy the fruits of their labour in the farms own children`s own picnic and play area. Served from the farms own outdoor kitchen was home reared hog roast with stuffing and salad in a tasty bap and BBQ serving the farms own sausages and burgers
Local Hertfordshire craft beer The Three Brewers beer tent had a busy time serving up their popular local craft beers brewed in St Albans and local dairy ice cream producers Dawlicious ice-cream parlour were on site, perfect for a warm summers day. If glamping is your thing, these luxurious tipi’s were on site showcasing the glamour of camping (coming soon at foxholes) in one tipi and excited children face painting in the other.
There was so much to see and information to hand to create this special event learning about life on a working farm. From saddleback piglets, free-range chickens, geese, ducks, lambs and sheep were on best behaviour for the locals to see. The Hertfordshire Rural Police were amazing showcasing their quad bikes and police buggies allowing children (and adults) on their equipment making sounds of police sirens, as these big boys toys so very popular with the dads.
Tractor Trailer rides with farm talks were taking people for tours around the farm literally all day, showing the rural life of Hertfordshire and how the farm intends to grow in the next few years and letting the public realise how hard farming life can be. A 20 minute ride with beautiful lakes, kitchen garden and cattle on show and then taken back to the farm to see the working gun dogs displays in the field, showcasing how these intelligent animals enjoy their work.
By far this was the best year ever, sharing our local rural life and making us think again how hard everybody has to work to create food on our table. Open Farm Sunday is managed by the Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) organisation, but the real hero`s are our local farmers looking after our stunning countryside, with farms such as Foxholes Farm who are a fine example of what Hertfordshire Farming has to offer from field to fork!
(Foxholes farm shop and tea room is open 7 days a week! Food for all the family)!