On Sunday 5th June, Uncle Henry’s Open Farm Sunday event attracted a record breaking figure of over 5,000 visitors from across the county to learn how their food is produced.
This free event is a fun family day out with a grand raffle prize draw held on the day in aid of Brigg Rotary Club for their chosen local charities with prizes kindly donated by suppliers to Uncle Henry’s.
The total raised for Brigg Rotary Club was £3522.82. Final figures now show that this year broke previous records for fundraising with a whopping £6500 raised in total!
Other fund raising efforts on the day were to raise funds for Grayingham Church, Macmillan and the Air Ambulance. Uncle Henry’s would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the various efforts throughout Open Farm Sunday to achieve this figure.
Open Farm Sunday is a national event and the day at Uncle Henry’s ran from 10am-4pm with attractions such as the Combine Harvester and JCB in the Farm Zone, hatching chicks, Lincoln Longwool Sheep, pigs and giant tortoises in the Animal Zone.
This led through to the Lincolnshire Market Zone where local producers educated visitors on how farms raw materials are processed into delicious food and drink products or crafted into clothing materials, such as the spinning of the Lincolnshire Longwool fleece into yarn. Market Stalls included Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Staal Smokehouse and Uncle Henry’s own award winning sausages!
Emma Ward, general manager at Uncle Henry’s said:
We were amazed by the support our customers gave us here at Open Farm Sunday. The figures raised for rural and local charities are fantastic and we’d like to thank everyone for their generosity on the day. The atmosphere was great and everyone enjoyed visiting the farm and learning more about how their food is produced.
Eat Street offered hungry visitors the chance to enjoy Uncle Henry’s home produced pork at the Brigg Rotary BBQ with bacon baps, sausage buns and burgers served in freshly made bread from J.H Starbucks at Market Rasen. Uncle Henry’s also invested in their own hog roaster which proved so popular they sold out in two hours! The drinks marquee offered tea and coffee alongside the Farmer’s Pond bar which provided adult refreshment.
The Demo Stage played host to various demonstrations throughout the day including bread making by Pete Welbourne, carcass butchery and sausage making by Uncle Henry’s butcher Jack Reeves and cooked pork by Ladies in Pigs.
Highlights of the day included pony rides, face painting and free children’s crafts provided by Junction Arts in the Nature Zone, Tractor and Trailer Ride around the farm and activities in the Main Ring. Crowds were entertained by Birds of Prey, Dog Displays and a mascot race with entrants from Ladies in Pigs with Priscilla the Pig, Field of Dreams and the silence from Dr Who. The darlek did try his best to compete but was unable to negotiate the jumps on the course.
Uncle Henry’s new produce entrance was also officially opened by the Ward family and Uncle Henry’s staff on the day with Steve Ward officially cutting the ribbon to allow customers in at 10am.