Today, my little boy and I were delighted (and in Eli’s case, super excited!) to visit Northwoods Farm in Eagland Hill and to meet farmer Martin Lawrenson. Today is #Farm24 – a day long online celebration of British farming that aims to remind the nation why British food and farming matters in our everyday lives. The campaign is being supported by the National Farmers Union to showcase the passion and commitment that goes into producing the food we eat.
This year we were made more aware than ever of how much we rely on our food producers and distributors as we faced the biggest health crisis in generations. So many of us turned to the farming community for veg and fruit boxes and a delivery service when access to essential supplies became difficult.
Farmers like Martin have found the last few months really tough. He and his family grow Pilling Potatoes and supplies to Blackpool and the Lake District where chip shops, restaurants, hotels and B+B’s have been closed and where demand for produce dried up. Many farmers are now left with a surplus of produce that no-one wants.
I’d like to take this opportunity of thanking all the farming community across the constituency for their support and hard work and I hope we repay them by continuing to support them with our business. And thank you to Martin for postponing his time out on the combine harvester to spend time showing Eli and I his farm!