Open Farm Sunday

On Sunday 8th June there was a national day called ‘Open Farm Sunday’ which enabled people to visit local farms free of charge to find out more about the day to day running of a farm, plus information about how our food is produced.

Seeing the not so great forecast for the weekend we didn’t make any solid plans for Sunday, as we thought we would have a day indoors doing some jobs and playing games. But we woke up to the sun shining bright so thought we should make the most of it as you never quite know how long it will last in this country.

So after seeing a few tweets that morning I remembered it was Open Farm Sunday, so I took to the website to see which was our local farm. After lunch we headed off to Rowdefield Farm, Rowde, Wiltshire which was only a 10 minute drive from our house.

We arrived and parked in a nearby field much to the worry of the pickles that thought the car might sink as it had rained over the last week!

This pickles started off with sitting on some farm machinery including tractors, diggers, quad bikes and topped off with a sit on a combine harvester which Daddy was very excited about too.

Then the kids planted some cress seeds, which we amazingly managed to get home without spilling dirt all over the car. Now the cress is growing well on the kitchen window sill. We then took a look at some farm animals including sheep, horses, chickens, and some very cute chicks and ducklings.

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Then the part Faryl couldn’t wait for Tractor Rides, we all enjoyed this especially Baby Pickle who giggled all the way. It was a bumpy ride across a field.

After we finished on the tractor we headed to the barns to find out more about crops, the farming year and where our food comes from. Which was the whole meaning of the day, it really interested the bigger pickles. The afternoon was finished off with the pickles playing on hay bales and racing around in the ride on toy tractors.

So all in all we have a fantastic free day out and will have 7th June 2015 in the diary to do it all again next year, will you be joining us?

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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