Open Farm Sunday was held back on the 11th June and is an annual event that we look forward to.
Open Farm Sunday started back in 2006 and has grown substantially over the years, offering a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food, enhancing the countryside and all the goods and services farmers provide.
We pick a different farm to visit every year and this year it was the turn of North Farm in Horton, and without a doubt it was our favourite visit to date.
There was lots to see and do including tractor and trailer rides, farm animals to see, a farm walk, thatching straw demonstration include thrashing and thatching, all sorts of farm machinery, and local food and drinks on sale.
It was obviously going to be a busy day as the car park was filling up quickly, so we headed to see the machinery first.
When you are a child there is nothing better than clambering on to giant machines, pretending to drive them and finding out just how they work.
Or just give your Mum kittens as you are so high up!!
Once the kids had finished clambering over their favourite machines, we headed off to see what else the farm had to offer.
Our first stand was a competition one, where the kids were given a sheet of paper with a challenge to find the answer to the questions throughout the farm, which ranged from questions on animals to questions about the crops and the next was to guess the number of balloons in a tractor.
The difference between this Open Farm Sunday to others, was the sheer amount of activities on. Sainsbury’s were there with a couple of stands, one to plant tomato and cress seeds.
The other was to sample local produce such as strawberries and cherry tomatoes.
The barns were also filled with things to see and do, including the opportunity to see some live sheep shearing.
And the answers to their all important quiz sheet.
There was also the chance for us mums to have a sit down with a cuppa whilst the kids charged around on mini tractors.
And then that all important farm tour on a big tractor, where we found out what they were growing on the farm and what fertiliser they used (treated human poo, much to the kids amusement).
My mum is currently having her roof re-thatched, so we found the thrashing and thatching really interesting.
We found all the answers to our questions, although we did have to ask someone what a baby hare was called (Leveretes if you are wondering) and the kids earned themselves a lolly for their hard work.
We spent a good few hours exploring with the kids learning lots about farm life without really realising. Find out what Megan and Olive thought of their day out over at Charliemoos.co.uk.