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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Farming techniques of yesteryear combined with those of the 21st century when a heritage site threw open its farmyard doors for free.
Gressenhall Farm was one of thousands of farms up and down the country - and hundreds around Norfolk and north Suffolk - which took part in the nationwide Open Farm Sunday today.
It was the first time the popular museum, just outside Dereham, had taken part in what has been dubbed as the biggest date in the farming and good calendar, taking over the reigns from previous events run in the village.
As part of the sun-drenched event, hundreds of families watched shepherds shear sheep, had a go at making bread and butter, saw how sausages were made and learned how beer is created from barley.
There was also the chance to taste locally-produced popcorn, granola, oils and dressings and the chance to spot new barn owl chicks with the help of nature cameras.
Mike Crisp, assistant farm manager, said: “It’s been a wonderful opportunity for local farms to get out and tell the public about what they are doing and it’s a great place to do it.
“It’s all about helping children and families to make the connection between farming and food.”
Producers and organisations on the day included Crush Foods, Norfolk Beekeepers’ Association, Norfolk Young Farmers, Algy’s Norfolk Popcorn, Norfolk Farmhouse Ice Cream and Gorgate Products Fruit Farms.
Entry to the farm and the various activities was free while families were given the opportunity to visit the rest of the site, including the museum and adventure playground, for a reduced price.
Natasha Wright, from Foxley, who was with her husband Matt, daughter Sophia, four, and son Harrison, one, said: “It’s been really good. The children liked the tractors and the tractor ride the best.
“It’s all been interesting for the children and the staff have been really helpful and friendly.”
Heidi Clemo, 32, who was on holiday back home in Norfolk from Cornwall with her husband Richard and their two daughters, Jessica, one, and Bethany, nine weeks, said: “It’s been really lovely, and helped by the fantastic weather. It’s good to get hands-on on the farm and to see where our food comes from.”
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