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Open Farm Sunday is your chance to see how your food is produced. It’s a fantastic day out for all the family, and with hundreds of farms throwing open their gates on Sunday 7th June there’s something for everybody! What’s more, most of the events are free to attend and are a great opportunity to see what life is like on a working farm. 

Open Farm Sunday

As long standing sponsors of Open Farm Sunday, here at M&S we want to help everyone to understand the passion, hard work and care that goes into producing our food. So we are delighted that many of our producers all over the UK are once again taking part in this exciting event.     

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:  

M&S Dairy producers Chris and Caroline Spiby have been welcoming visitors to Chalder Farm, Chichester in West Sussex for a number of years…. and if you like ice cream then this one is well worth a visit. As well as supplying milk to M&S, Caroline produces a wide range of ice creams and sorbets from her dairy on the farm, the only problem you’ll have is choosing which one to try first! 

Another great M&S producer opening his gates is Rob Mercer at Packington Field Farm, Lichfield, in Staffordshire. Rob rears outdoor pigs and produces high welfare pork for M&S – expect plenty of boisterous piglets rooting through the grass and lots of fun.  

Robert Skelton owns Carnany Farm, in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, producing fresh milk for M&S. Robert has Montbeliarde cows (which are a distinct red and white colour). See them grazing the farm’s grass paddocks and meet the team who look after their every need. 

For those in Scotland, Castleton Farm in Laurencekirk, Scotland is a great place to visit. Long-standing M&S grower Ross Mitchell runs the farm and produces hundreds of tonnes of raspberries, strawberries, cherries and blueberries for M&S every year. There will be tours throughout the day as well as tractor and trailer rides  - and don’t forget to visit his wonderful farm shop selling local produce and home made chutneys.   
    

To find out more about the event and to find out which farms are open near you, visit www.farmsunday.org, and we hope to see as many of you as possible on the 7th June.

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