This year for the first time we have teamed up with key companies to offer 24 competition giveaways across 24 hours as part of #Farm24. Read on to find out more about our generous suppliers who are supporting our event.
Founded in 1999, The Original Muck Boot Company has stood for reliability with a focus on creating specialised and versatile products that are made for the way people work and live today, keeping them dry and warm in any situation.
A key element that makes The Original Muck Boot Company’s products unique is the use of neoprene in every style.
Muck Boot are the pioneers in using CR flex foam in wellingtons. This material is an advanced type of neoprene, which provides excellent protection against cold and wet conditions, making it an insulator and 100% waterproof.
With the addition of a natural rubber overlay, Muck Boots will stay waterproof and flexible, setting the brand apart from other wellington boot manufacturers.
The Original Muck Boot Company know the importance of footwear which keeps you safe and allows farmers to work tirelessly throughout the long days and remain determined to find a solution for keeping feet warm and dry through all situations.
Muck Boot have helped landowners and workers alike to stay dry, safe and comfortable for more than a decade, providing the support, comfort and protection that a work boot needs, to handle the toughest of jobs. Each style of boot is designed to work hard for every task and brave every condition—so you can be protected, productive, and always in your comfort zone, no matter the weather or job at hand.
For more information visit www.muckbootcompany.co.uk
For The Love of the Land celebrates the stories and recipes of some of the UK's finest farmers.
Compiled by Jenny Jefferies, herself the wife of an arable farmer, the farms featured in the book cover the length and breadth of the UK, and see farmers specialising in a diverse array of produce; from game, pork, lamb, beef, cheese and dairy to the more unusual such as lavender, chillies and edible flowers.
Among those to feature are Michelin-starred chef and Great British Menu regular Tommy Banks, who grew up on a farm in Yorkshire, award-winners Daylesford Organic Farming and dairy farmer, Katie Lowe, also known as the The Female Farmer.
Jenny Jefferies, who compiled the book, said: “After marrying my husband, John, I discovered the wonderful, challenging and sometimes isolating world of farming. I never before quite appreciated where our food came from so it’s been a real privilege to speak with the farmers within this book; they are truly the backbone of our country. They nurture and provide for us; putting food on our table for us to enjoy, so let’s give thanks and praise for all the hard work that they do.
“This book has become a labour of love and I hope this collection of stories and of the farmers’ favourite recipes is simply enjoyed for its food, provenance and for the sharing of good of good and positive stories. This is a celebration of British farming – enjoy!”
For the Love of the Land can be purchase from Amazon, bookshops including Waterstones and online from www.mezepublishing.co.uk.
Quicke’s has nurtured the family’s land for nearly 500 years, crafting outstanding cheese from an idyllic corner of Devon.
Quicke’s farmers carefully manage their ancient pastures, feeding specially bred cows on lush grass year-round so they give the very best milk for their cheese.
Using time-honoured methods their award-winning truckles are handmade, clothbound and slow-matured for up to 24 months, giving the cheese its distinctive depth and complexity of flavour.
For more information visit www.quickes.co.uk
Pictured: Wendy Paul and Jo Wright of Organic Blooms farm cut flowers on 9 acres in South Gloucestershire.
Flowers from the Farm is the award-winning membership association supporting 880 independent, artisan British cut flower growers across the UK.
Their flower farmers grow a sensational variety of seasonal, scented, garden-style cut flowers and foliages on farmland, smallholdings, walled gardens, allotments and cutting gardens from Inverness to the Isles of Scilly.
These locally grown flowers are popular for bouquets, weddings, funerals and events and increasingly sought after by florists. Flower-lovers can find their local flower farmer and more information on the growing movement at www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk
On August 14 - 16, 2020, Flowers from the Farm is taking its three-day open flower farm festival online.
The Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend will take flower-lovers and would-be flower farmers behind the scenes of the Flowers from the Farm movement to meet the growers virtually and discover the art and craft of flower farming.
The free daily programme at www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk includes a series of short films shot on flower farms across the UK as well as a daily Flower Farmers’ Question Time packed with tips, tools and techniques.
Other chapters include Chapter Two – Dark Skies, designed to celebrate the Forest of Bowland’s status as an area of astronomical significance.
What sets Sandford Orchards apart is the quality of our fruit and a no compromise attitude to the provenance of our cider.
All of our apples are sourced locally and all of our ciders are made with natural fermentations from whole juice, no concentrates, no fake flavours or aromas, just genuine, top quality, authentic craft cider.
Our story started in 2002 when Barny Butterfield started making cider as a way to subsidise his farm labourer wages. He started out by making a few gallons in an old shed and bottling it on his kitchen table, but as all his friends and family kept drinking it he started to make more and has made a bit more every year since.
About 80 per cent of the orchards we use are within five miles of our press, as the unique microclimate in our corner of Devon and Redland soil, (iron rich and free draining) offer the perfect growing medium for orchards, as Barny explains:
“We also only ever use cider apple varieties, with weird and wonderful names such as Slack Ma Girdle, Farmer’s Glory and Sweet Hangy Downs, most of which come from unsprayed, ancient orchards. We’re very proud to be giving our local orchards a purpose again and we’re also investing in the future of Devon farming and cider making as we've planted circa 22,000 new apple trees in recent years.
"Devon is a forgotten cider county that once had more apple trees per head than any other county. Our mission is to make Devon cider great again."
For more information visit www.sandfordorchards.co.uk
Mackie's of Scotland is a vertically integrated, fourth generation family business who have been farming at Westertown, Aberdeenshire since 1913 and making ice cream in a "sky to scoop design chain" since 1986.
The award winning environmental business is powered by renewable energy from Mackie’s wind turbines and a solar panel farm.
The 1,500 acre arable farm supports a 450-cow dairy herd which supplies fresh whole milk for their real dairy ice cream. Mackie’s most popular flavour is Traditional - a natural creamy taste – awarded 2 Great Taste stars in 2019.
Mackie’s are committed to good environmental stewardship and the company vision is to be a Scottish global brand from the greenest company in Britain created by people having fun.
In appreciation of the beauty of their Aberdeenshire countryside home, the Mackie’s team aim to run a successful sustainable business, self-sufficient in renewable energy and taking care of the land, wildlife, farm animals, staff and local environment in the best way possible.
Chocolate is Mackie’s more recent addition – also made on the farm in a converted tractor shed and the great taste of their familiar ice cream flavours has been deliciously transferred to chocolate.
For more information visit www.mackies.co.uk
Romney Marsh Wools is a family business owned and run by Kristina & Paul Boulden and based on the family farm on Romney Marsh, Kent, with Romney sheep having been in the family for at least six generations.
Current numbers are around 1,200 Romney ewes in the flock along with 150 Merino ewes.
Romney Marsh Wools was born through a firm belief in raising the awareness of all the benefits wool can bring and wide range of products are produced using their own Romney wool, from knitting yarn to throws, cushion covers to flat caps as well as sheep skin booties for babies and everything in between.
Lanolin is a naturally occurring fat in wool and this is used to produce a range of toiletries including shower gel, shampoo, soap and moisturiser. All of the products are made in the UK by the very best British makers.
The most recent addition to the farm is Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, two luxurious huts which sit in the heart of the farm, with stunning views over the Romney Marsh and a chance to unwind and get close to nature, with vast open skies and beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
For more information visit www.romneymarshwools.co.uk
Founder and self-confessed veg nerd, Guy Singh-Watson, has taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering home-grown organic vegetables to friends, to a national veg box scheme across the UK.
As demand grew, the challenge was to find a way of embracing such growth, finding farmers who shared the ethos of local growing coupled with offering a friendly, professional service.
Riverford now encompasses four units all growing, packing and delivering veg boxes from Devon (the original farm), Hampshire, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire.
Delivering to around 75,000 customers a week, Guy is a passionate farmer who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. In 2018 he decided to sell 75% of the business to its staff, making it an employee owned business.
The online business also offers a range of organic fruit and veg, meat boxes, eggs, milk and bread and customers enjoy seasonal recipes and a weekly farm update via a newsletter in their vegetable box.
Cheshire Farm is run by the Jackson family who have farmed at Teuthill Farm in Frodsham, Cheshire for the past 5 generations.
Cheshire Farm Chips was founded in June 2010. Having always grown potatoes on the farm it has naturally evolved from selling potatoes from the then farm shop, to supplying food service (which is still done today).
During this time there was a huge demand for our products to be available for customers to enjoy at home, therefore we launched our retail range which is available in a number of outlets up and down the country.
Paul and Wendy took over the running of Teuthill Farm from Paul’s parents in 1997, and have put plenty of passion and knowledge into growing their award-winning potatoes, which they use to create an amazing product range, which currently consists of nine products.
Following the completion of her university degree Paul and Wendy’s daughter Lucy, joined the family business heading up the sales and marketing team.
For more information visit www.cheshirefarmchips.co.uk
Duncan Farrington was born and brought up in the village of Hargrave, Northamptonshire.
Following University, he joined his parents in the family business as a fourth generation farmer on Bottom Farm, growing rapeseed, barley, wheat, oat and beans.
After joining the farm, it wasn’t long before Duncan realised that growing crops and driving tractors would not be enough to sustain his family for a further four generations, so he looked into farm diversification options.
Returning to his University research on cold pressed rapeseed oil, a passion was awoken, which quickly turned into an obsession, for the fantastic culinary and health properties of the oil.
Following years of research, Duncan launched Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil in 2005 as the UK’s first ‘seed-to-bottle’ rapeseed oil producer.
With his mother’s help bottling the oil, he would drive around local shops trying to gain customers who still remain loyal to this day.
Later, in their farmhouse kitchen, Duncan’s wife Eli expanded the range to include infused oils, salad dressings and mayonnaises.
Today, the business has grown beyond anything Duncan could have imagined, being sold in shops and restaurants nationwide and abroad. Provenance remains as important as ever, with the same passion, attention to detail and quality going into every bottle.
Sustainability and the environment is very important to Duncan, so all the rapeseed grown for Farrington’s Mellow Yellow is grown to LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Marque standards, a system designed to ensure environmentally responsible and sustainable farming methods.
The environment is at the heart of everything they do and recently became the world’s first food producer to be certified as both carbon & plastic neutral!”
For more information visit www.farrington-oils.co.uk
Case IH has been manufacturing machinery for farmers for over 175 years.
From the mighty Quadtrac - the first four-tracked high-horsepower machine - to the ever-popular Puma and the classic Farmall, this brand has a reputation for producing robust, reliable, user-friendly machines for all types of farm.
The flagship Axial-Flow combine harvesters from Case IH continue to be the machine of choice for many large modern farms and contracting businesses.
Case IH was the inventor of the single Axial-Flow® rotor design on self-propelled combines, and together with its patented AFS Harvest Command automated harvesting technology, the Axial-Flow is continually evolving to deliver ever-more accurate, high-speed harvesting, always with unbeatable grain quality and with auger and header options to suit Controlled Traffic Farming systems.
AFS Connect technology from Case IH gives farmers the freedom and connectivity to reach new levels of productivity. Two-way data transfer allows farm managers to manage their farm and fleet with precision from their office or mobile device, with the ability to remotely view a tractor’s operating screen. The technology is now available on the award-winning Magnum AFS Connect as will be rolled out on the Quadtrac from this autumn.
For more information visit www.caseih.com
The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in Wensleydale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the home of the famous crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.
It uses traditional methods to handcraft cheese to time-honoured recipes, using milk from local farms, as well as being innovative with the development of new cheese recipes.
It's signature crumbly Wensleydale Cheese sets the creamy and full-flavoured ‘Yorkshire Wensleydale’ cheese apart, from other Wensleydale cheese produced in other counties around the UK.
Due to the PGI status [obtained 2013] cheesemakers outside the designated area can only call their cheese ‘Wensleydale’ not ‘Yorkshire Wensleydale’, ensuring the Creamery’s products always stand out as the original and highest quality product.
The Wensleydale Creamery was the first to launch Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, in 1996, which has now become one of its best sellers and has firmly become established as a crumbly fan favourite.
The Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes is also home to the UK’s flagship cheese Visitor Centre, which offers a ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ to the 350,000 visitors it welcomes each year.
The Visitor Centre includes the Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience with a cheese-making viewing gallery and demonstration room, a cheese shop with more than 20 cheese varieties, Calvert’s Restaurant and 1897 Coffee Shop serving dishes inspired by the use of cheese, and an extensive destination gift shop.
The business supplies a broad range of customers including major UK retailers, wholesalers, independent retailers, delis and farm shops around the UK, as well as the manufacturing and foodservice sector. It also exports its portfolio of products around the world.
For information on The Wensleydale Creamery, its range or Visitor Experience, please visit www.wensleydale.co.uk.
Warwickshire farming couple Jo and Andrew Reynolds gave up milk production in 2012 to chase the craft beer dream.
Andrew, known as Ren, began milking cows in 1983, but the price war of milk between supermarkets eventually caused the dairy to cease trading.
“The dairy business began to shrink and margins got tighter, until eventually we were unable to compete with supermarkets. We knew we could make a cracking pint of beer, we just needed to do it on a bigger scale,” says Ren.
What began as a hobby in 2009 to produce beer for rugby watching sessions in the ‘man shed’ between father and sons, Sam and Harry, quickly became a burgeoning business following research into the market.
Moving from milk to beer was not as big a leap as many would assume. The bulk milk tanks became fermentation vessels, the milk receiving tank became a mash tun and the milk bottling machine became a beer bottling machine.
Although the Reynolds have creatively recycled equipment and kit, they applied for a grant from Warwickshire County Council and were awarded £25,000, which went towards investing in the brewhouse and purchasing additional kit.
The business has brought the family together, as they all take up individual roles. Ren brews the beer, oldest son Sam, 29, creates recipes and has a financial background, which he puts to good use, and Jo works with customers and manages sales. Youngest son Harry, 21, helps with marketing and branding. In addition to the family, the business now employs a small team of two salesman, a brewer and a drayman.
For more information visit www.churchfarmbrewery.co.uk
What is Feather Down? You’ll stay with the farmer on the farm in luxury accommodations.
Light comes from the candles and oil lamps and cooking is done on the rustic wood-fired stove. Simply enjoy each other’s company without the distractions of technology at Feather Down.
Tucked away in some of the most gorgeous spots in the UK and abroad, you’ll dive into the world of farming, meet the animals and watch the world go by from the comfort of your private luxury tent.
Feather Down is unique because children can play in a safe environment and are surrounded by farm animals.
Guests of all ages will be bound to have a good time as each location offers something different to learn and discover.
With 70 locations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland, experience nature of the countryside and the beauty of the 4 seasons at the doorstep of your accommodation.
For more information visit www.featherdown.co.uk