Open Farm Sunday

Thatched barns

Thank you to everyone who braved the chill wind to join us for Open Farm Sunday.  Despite the weather, we had 350 visitors and not one pig escaped amidst the excitement, so a good day all round!

One photo was missing from our barn restoration display, and mid clear-up this morning, it reappeared.  As a thank you, I thought I would share it on the blog!This is one of only two photos we own in which the barn is thatched.  It was taken from the front garden of the farmhouse, looking across Water Lane (not to mention a rather lovely flower border) - can you imagine the cost to do that now!  Or, as Dad wisely pondered, can you imagine taking on a farm with thatched barns today!?

Don't forget, you can submit your present day photos of OFS for the chance to win £100!  We would love to see them too - share them on our Facebook page or e-mail them to

Huge thanks to all our helpers without whom the event would not have been possible:  Lesley, Georgina, Mandy and Kathy who sold a record amount of cake -  Mandy's gluten-free lemon ricotta cake was described as "the best ever" by our GF connoisseurs;  Wayne, Paul and Brian for meeting, greeting and fielding questions about multi-colour cows;  Will Wilson for bravely volunteering to help at OFS having never seen the farm or us before (very brave)!  Becca, Naomi and Bridget for efficiency and cakes for the deprived Taylor girls;  Liz for returning after last year and excellent freezer work, and the Wiston crew for the loan of "safe" trestle tables.  Not forgetting the lovely other Taylor girls for all their help, support, obsessive drain-rodding and special commendation to the incredible Mrs Rogers for her superhuman pre-Open Day work.  Thank you!

The countdown begins...

17th June 2012 is Open Farm Sunday!

So mark the date in your diaries and join us and all the animals to celebrate            Lower Dairy Farm's third OFS.

For more information, to see a man apparently helping to harvest potatoes with a fork (who needs the machinery in the background?) and find farms across the country, visit the Open Farm Sunday website.

More details coming soon...