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
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