Go behind scenes at farm during open day

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Croots Farm Shop near Duffield is giving customers the chance to go behind the scenes of its farm during a national event. The gates to Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, are being thrown open on June 11 as part of Open Farm Sunday. See right for more.

Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), Open Farm Sunday is the opportunity for farmers to proudly showcase British farming and food. It will be the second year that Croots Farm Shop has taken part in the national event.

Kay Croot, who runs the farm, said: “After the great success that we had last year, we are proud to say that we will once again be opening our farm up to the public on Sunday, June 11 from 11am until 3.30pm.”

During the event on June 11, which is free to enter, visitors can watch sheep shearing and blacksmith displays, meet the farmer, learn more about lambing, join shire horse and cart rides, take part in competitions and look at tractors. There will be live music from contemporary folk band Isembard’s Wheel and a barbecue will also be running.

Croots Farm Shop and Café will still be accessible during the day, with events running in the fields and barns around the shop.

Kay added: “We are very proud of the food we produce at the farm and are looking forward to giving our customers the chance to see behind the scenes. Last year, more than a quarter of a million visitors went out onto farms during Open Farm Sunday, and since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1,500 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed 1.8 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. It’s a great opportunity to discover first-hand what it means to be a farmer and to find out more about how food is produced.”

For more information, visit www.croots.co.uk or find Croots on Twitter @crootsfarm_shop