Open farm event a hit with visitors

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A FARM has been overwhelmed by people’s interest in where their food comes from.

Masson Farm, in Matlock, invited the public to come and see how it operated as part of Open Farm Sunday, an initiative of the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF).

To the surprise of the owners, visitors came flooding in to have a look around and see how the farm worked.

Mike Dakin runs the dairy farm, while his wife, Mandy runs Matlock Meadows ice cream parlour, which is based at the farm.

She said: “We probably had a thousand people come on the day at least.

“There was time when the car park was full – we weren’t expecting that.

“I don’t think we saw the end of the ice cream queue for about four hours.”

There were 15 stalls set up on the farm selling items such as fresh produce to craft.

The farm was also offering tractor and trailer rides, which proved very popular.

“People had a good walk around – some of them were here all day,” Mandy said.

“We had some shire horses and a foal.

“People watched the sheep being few and got in amongst the calves.

“They saw the cows being milked.”

There was an information desk available to those curious about farming, there was also a cow milking contest.

Money raised from the event will be split between LEAF, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI) and the Farming and Countryside Education (FACE).

Mandy explained: “LEAF is all about getting people to understand where their food comes from.

“RABI is more about helping farmers in times of hardship and FACE do a lot of work in schools – so its all hopefully going back towards farming.”

She gave her thanks to everyone who has helped her throughout the day on Open Farm Sunday.

“We couldn’t have done it without all the people who helped with things like car parking and so on.”