Now this weekend brings with it exciting things – its Open Farm Sunday! Now Team Pugh love Open Farm Sunday – this will be our third year. To quote the website ‘Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside’. What could be better than this? Sounds right up Team Pugh’s highstreet (haha get it!).
So we just sat down to look at the website and plan our farmyard frolics and we made a discovery…………………………… Open Farm Sunday is…………………… sponsored by quite a few Supermarkets! Oh very dear Team Pugh are as you know avoiding supermarkets for a whole year. So……. does this mean we can’t take part in Open Farm Sunday?
As the stapline says, the idea of the day is getting people out into the countryside and giving them an opportunity to see where their food comes from, which can only be a good thing, and the individual farms we are sure will not have been ‘supermarketised’, it just seems a shame that such a good back to basics idea has become a vehicle for supermarkets to seep further into every aspect of people’s lives.
Now we have been to Open Farm Sunday for the past two years and have bought great produce directly from the farmers, seen a lot of animals, equipment and even a few day old piglets, we have chatted to farmers about what they do and played on giant hay bale structures (we did have some small children with us at the time). We are fortunate to live in the countryside and to be able to visit open farms on a regular basis, but the day is a great way to visit farms that are not usually open to the public and see what is happening in the countryside near to us.
So……………….the big question is does the sponsorship of the day by supermarkets mean that we cannot go? It is a dilemma that we have not been able to come up with an answer for thus far and so we are embarking on the first ever Year Without Supermarkets poll! Please let us know what you think below and we will take our lead on this one from our lovely readers!
Now if you have clicked no do not feel too bad, we have been invited on Sunday to go and have a look around Dews Meadow Farm by the lovely Jane, which is not part of Open Farm Sunday but something we have been talking about for some time and are very much looking forward to, so we will not miss out on farmyard fun altogether this weekend!