The Store opens its doors

The Store open days are popular with families.
The Store open days are popular with families.

A North-east family-run business is preparing to open its gates to the public to coincide with a national event celebrating UK farming.

The Store in Foveran, which was launched in 2000 and has its own on-site butchery, farm shop, deli and coffee shop, is hosting its annual farm open day on Sunday, June 7.

The business, owned by Andrew Booth, is inviting visitors to go behind the scenes and explore the farm. The open day coincides with Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015,

Mr Booth said: “This year we have pulled out all the stops and we have a number of different activities for families to experience a real insight into farming life.”

Open Farm Sunday which is a national event, has been organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) to educate and inspire the public to shop locally, and aims to showcase some of the country’s finest food and drink producers.

On the day, guests will get the chance to experience sheep-shearing demonstrations, ride in tractors and trailers, get the opportunity to make their own sausages during demonstrations, along with other activities.

The popular event, which attracts families from across the region, will also include farm machinery demonstrations, the chance to view some of the farm’s animals, butchery talks with the on-site butcher, and woodwork demonstrations.

The Store will also host talks from local farmer Stewart Davidson who will discuss soils, celebrating the International Year of Soils.

As an added extra this year, The Store is also hosting a farmers’ market in conjunction with Energetica, to showcase some of the area’s most successful producers.