A chance to see how farms work

TWO local farms are laying are inviting people to come and see where their food comes from.

Matlock Meadows ice cream parlour, at Masson Farm, Matlock, and Flagg Hall Farm, in Flagg, are both taking part in Open Farm Sunday this weekend.

The event has been organised by the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) and will see farms throughout the country opening up to allow people to get closer to the grassroots of modern farming.

Matlock Meadows sells ices cream made from milk from its own dairy cows.

The farm will be open from 11am to 5pm with free admission.

There will be activities including tractor and trailer rides, hog roast, barbecue, bar and bouncy castle.

Youngsters will also have the chance to meet farm animals, and there will be a silaging display, milking demonstration, shire horses, young farmers activities, face painting, market and craft fair.

Mandy Dakin, of Matlock Meadows, said: “It’s part of a national incentive to encourage people into farms and discover where their food comes from.

“We’re a dairy farm so we’re focusing on the dairy cows and the milk, which we use to make our own ice cream.”

Flagg Hall Farm also specialises in dairy and will be open from 11am to 4.30pm.

The farm will have tractors, machinery and a children’s petting area with lambs and hens.

There will also be the chance to feed a calf .

Visitors will be able to see the day to day life of a cow including what it eats and drinks, and will even get to see it having a pedicure.

There will be guided walks and at 2.45pm there will be a milking demonstration.

Andrew Mycock, a farmer from Flagg Hall Farm, said: “My team, family and I are really looking forward to welcoming visitors to our farm on June 17 so people can find out for themselves about the story behind their food.”