Har­vest fes­ti­val for our farm­ers;

We boun­ti­ful cel­e­brate har­vest this with sea­son’s three pro­ducer mem­bers of the Royal Nor­folk Agri­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion (RNAA) ex­plain­ing the im­por­tance of lo­cally grown food and how ev­ery­one can get in­volved with har­vest­ing this au­tumn

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Oliver and Char­lotte Gur­ney run White House Farm, a pop­u­lar pick your own (PYO) venue lo­cated close to Nor­wich on Blue Boar Lane, Sprow­ston. The cou­ple grow many va­ri­eties of fruit in­clud­ing ap­ples and pears which are avail­able to pick now, and a vast range of soft fruits dur­ing the sum­mer months.

“This au­tumn we are ex­pect­ing a crop of around 20 tonnes of ap­ples and pears which we wel­come vis­i­tors to the farm to pick for them­selves. The cold start to the sea­son has meant the crop is a lit­tle late so we an­tic­i­pate we will be of­fer­ing PYO fruit right through un­til the end of Oc­to­ber pro­vid­ing the weather stays rea­son­able,” ex­plains Char­lotte.

“Our har­vest is mainly pick your own, but we’ve re­cently sold fruit to Roys of Wroxham, our lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, who are fo­cussed on re­gional pro­duce. We sell our own ap­ple juice and cider in the farm shop and at this time of year we also do­nate pro­duce to lo­cal char­ity events such as har­vest fes­ti­val ser­vices. We now have a butcher in the farm shop and even the sausages will con­tain ap­ples so our fruit har­vest makes its way into every­thing at White House farm!”

When Tim Pap­worth isn’t busy as a stew­ard in the grand ring at the Royal Nor­folk Show he’s work­ing hard as a di­rec­tor of fam­ily con­tract farm­ing firm L F Pap­worth, based at Felm­ing­ham, near North Wal­sham. Tim’s farm grows on av­er­age 7,400 tonnes of pota­toes each year for crisp­ing, chip­ping, pro­cess­ing, pack­ing and sal­ads.

“We plant the pota­toes in early March and start har­vest­ing in July right up un­til the end of Oc­to­ber. So far it’s been a good year for pota­toes but we will never re­ally know un­til we have com­pleted the har­vest. Our pota­toes are used lo­cally by Ket­tle

Oliver and Char­lotte Gur­ney at their White House Farm pick your own

Join in the fun of pick your own at White House Farm

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