Open Farm Sunday success for The Store

Crowds at The Store Open Farm Sunday event
Crowds at The Store Open Farm Sunday event

Award-winning family-run business, The Store, held an Open Farm event recently that attracted over 2,000 visitors.

The event was held on Sunday, June 5, as part of Open Farm Sunday 2016 and allowed visitors to discover the world of farming.

Activities during the open day included tractor and trailer rides, farm machinery displays, a falconry display, crafts for children, sheep shearing displays and a bouncy castle and play area with farm toys.

Guests also had the chance to milk a plastic milking cow, make sausages, and meet some of the farm animals.

Local businesses showcased their produce during a farmers’ market on the day, and the recently launched Farmer’s Grill served up a selection of The Store’s Aberdeen Angus steaks, burgers and hot dogs.

Owner of The Store, Andrew Booth, said: “We are delighted to have so many visitors at our annual Open Farm Sunday, it gives us, as producers, a chance to explain farming practices.

“We are always so impressed with the interest from the general public about what happens throughout the year on the farm, so it’s a great chance for us take our customers on a journey through our farming year.

“We would like to thank not only local suppliers, but a number of well-travelled suppliers for making the event possible; Ogilvy Vodka, The Bay Fish & Chip Shop, and Agricultural suppliers, Ross Agri, to name a few.

“Local groups, such as Newburgh Brownie & Guides and Udny Young Farmers were also a valued element to the open day.”

The Open Farm Sunday event, organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) takes place annually to inspire and encourage more farmers to open their gates to encompass all types of British farming, from how crops are grown, and animals cared for, to how we manage our countryside.

The Store, which is based in Foveran, is run by four generations of farmers and has its own on-site butchery, farm shop, deli and coffee shop.