Surrey Farm and Food Week 2014 events

PUBLISHED: 11:37 24 September 2014

On the farming trail in Surrey

On the farming trail in Surrey

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Held at harvest festival time in late September, Surrey Farm and Food Week is a programme of farm walks and events designed to help bridge the gulf of understanding between farmers and the public. Here’s our pick of this year’s highlights...

 

Saturday September 20, 2pm and 4pm

Vineyard and Distillery Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of Albury Organic Vineyard and the new Silent Pool distillery next door, which is powered by a 1970s steam boiler from Liverpool Docks. Contact info@alburyvineyard.com.

 

Sunday September 21, 10am to 4pm

Farm Walk and Farm Shop

Join a farm walk with Wildcroft Rare Breeds – and meet their rare breeds of pig and sheep, plus goats, rheas, chickens, ducks, turkeys and bees – at Clear Barn Farm in Puttenham. Contact wildcroftrarebreeds.co.uk.

 

Sunday September 21, 2pm to 5pm

Dairy Farm Walk

Visit Goldstone Farm at Polesden Lacey for trailer tours to see the herd of Ayrshire cattle named the 2014 Surrey County Show Reserve Dairy Champions in their stunning parkland setting. Contact 07587 189135.

 

Tuesday September 23, 6pm

Jerseys, Bats and Beer Farm Walk

See pedigree Jersey cows in their robotic milking parlour, identify bats and visit the new microbrewery at Pierrepont Farm in Frensham. Contact beverleyclear@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday September 24, 5pm

Medieval Farm Walk

A historic farm with a 15th century barn, Hardwick Court Farm at Chertsey was once the manorial court. Discover medieval field systems, vintage machinery, heavy horses, cattle and sheep. Contact 01932 571237.

 

Wednesday September 24, 11am and 3pm

The Secret Life of the Farm Shop

Visit Fanny’s Farm Shop at Gatton Bottom for elevenses with a tour of the vegetable and cutting-flower gardens. Fanny will share her farming secrets at the fascinating new farm museum. Contact 01737 554444.

 

Friday September 26, 2pm

Fruit Farm Walk

At Tuesley Farm in Milford, they produce strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries and redcurrants over 469 acres. In 2012, the farm was named the first Waitrose Demonstration Farm. Contact 01483 410940.

 

Friday September 26, 11am

Vineyard Walk

Take a guided tour of the 25-year-old Greyfriars Vineyard at Puttenham, which produces classical Champagne grape varieties. Contact info@greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk.

 

Saturday September 27, 11am and 3pm

Wonderful Watercress Tours

Tour the watercress beds at Kingfisher Farm Shop in Abinger Hammer and find out how this salad crop was once a major Surrey industry. Contact 01306 730703.

 

Saturday September 27, 12noon to 4pm

Food Fair and Tunnel Tour

Take a tour of the polytunnel at Village Greens Farm Shop in Ockley to see courgettes, beans and salad crops. Local producers whose food is stocked in the shop will also be on site. Contact 01306 713474.

 

• The programme of events draws to a close with the Surrey County Ploughing Match and Country Fair at Loseley Park on Sunday September 28, 9am to 5pm. For more information on Surrey Farm and Food Week 2014, visit http://www.surreycountyshow.co.uk

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