To set the scene, we're a family farm, that goes back 150 years, meaning the soil here has been worked by many a men, woman, horse and today, machine. We've tried not to change things too much so you're guaranteed the true farm experience; the tools on the walls really were used on the farm once, the cafe is located in the old pig sty, the butcher in Dan the old blacksmith's shed and the cart in the farmshop has pulled bundles of barley for many moons on this very farm.
Believe it or not, the farmer Ollie, (who you'll see knocking around in his wellies!), spent 6 years in the Royal Marines before coming back to farm his family fruit farm on the edge of Norwich in 2013. He brought his new wife Charlotte and together they have turned the ancient 'veg shed' into an expanded PYO, Cafe, Farmshop and this year have added a new Butcher. They hired their first apprentice Tom Thompson to help with the fruit through the EDGE apprenticeship scheme, and turned the crumbling old cart shed into the farmshop and café you see today.
Some of you will have been picking here for donkeys' years with your grand children and all the family. We absolutely love your stories so keep them coming. You may even find yourselves in the old photos hung in the cafe. Others may be visiting us for the first time; if that's you, welcome and pat yourself on the back for discovering this well kept secret. The farm after all is situated a stone's throw from the city centre but yet as soon as you venture off Blue Boar Lane you feel you're in the heart of Norfolk countryside. Children can run free and enjoy the rural surroundings and really learn where their fruit and veg come from. (None of that supermarket nonsense, we have real trees that things grow on!) Follow the farm in all its colour on Facebook and Twitter and watch the developments for yourself.
If you want to hear a real Norfolk voice of the land, listen here to our 'Sparrow' talking about life in farming on the BBC before his retirement in 2015. It's a very special voice!