Castleton Farm raised £1247 for The Archie Foundation when they welcomed over 1000 visitors to Open Farm Sunday on June 8.
Ross Mitchell of Castleton Farm, in Fordoun, said: “We are delighted to have taken part in Open Farm Sunday. It was a fantastic opportunity to show our wonderful customers exactly where our fruit comes from, the whole procedure from field to fork.
‘‘To raise money for The Archie Foundation, a charity that makes a real difference to the lives of sick children in the North of Scotland, was an added bonus.”
Open Farm Sunday is a project which has seen hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up their farm for one Sunday each year since 2006. It is an opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer. This year a record breaking 375 farms took part with over 205,000 people visiting farms throughout the UK.
During the event the team at Castleton escorted over 500 people on guided tours of the farm via tractor and trailer rides, stopping to see the state of the art pack house in operation.
Café and farm shop manager Anna Mitchell said: “We welcomed many local businesses who showcased their fantastic produce, complementing our ethos that ‘local food tastes miles better!’
‘‘There was plenty to do for all the family including a delicious BBQ, a bouncy castle, face painting and our ever popular outdoor play area.”