I love trying to grow my own veg at home and when I read about open farm sunday 2014 on the lovely Emmas blog http://www.farmerswifeandmummy.com, was hooked to go to see how the professionals work! Open Farm Sunday 2014 http://www.farmsunday.org/ is a day where farms across the country open their doors to the public to get a glimpse into the working of the farm and how the produce is made.
♡ days out with Bertie, so we went together out to Castleton farm http://www.castletonfarmshop.co.uk Aberdeenshire. The sun came with us too and was more than welcome to join our day out.
All set for our day out!
Castleton is a family run farm covering 192 acres and it’s main produce includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries. They supply some of the supermarkets in aberdeen including m&s and tesco and have their own lovely farm shop on site with +++ goodies!
The farm had a tour for open farm sunday. We jumped on the trailer and headed off, held on tight as was a bumpy ride!
Mmmmm strawberries, plants from Holland, grown under polytunnels on trays of the ground with their own water supply.
The hunt to find ripe strawberries
Strawberrries growing up!
Mmmmmmmmmmmm Our hunt to find a ripe strawberry was successful xxxxx
Enjoying the breeze on the tractor truck
Best growing tip of the day I picked up was when frost is expected the fruits are sprayed with water, which freezes the fruit with the frost and protects them during the colder temperatures.
As well as the farm there were some local artisan food producers present with their goodies. I headed straight for the chocolate and had a lovely chat with Louise, Sales & Marketing executive at Cocoa ooze http://www.cocoa-ooze.co.uk. Cocoa ooze is a cafe and chocolate producing site in Aberdeen who also provide classes for any keen chocolatier. My ♡of chocolate is continuing to grow and hearing about cocoa ooze made me excitied to visit!
Thanks Castleton Farm for having us! Can’t wait to try growing some strawberries at home, my lovely growing calendar from Ngozi_a is feeling the strawberries too! If you have successfully grown strawberries at home or planning too would love to hear how you got on.