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The fine foodie visits Church Farm, Ardley

PUBLISHED: 13:44 05 July 2016

Free range hens at Church Farm, Ardeley (Photo Sharon Struckman)

Free range hens at Church Farm, Ardeley (Photo Sharon Struckman)

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Sharon Struckman spends a morning down on Church Farm, Ardeley to take part in its Chicken Experience

We all know eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. A single large boiled egg contains Vitamin A, B5, B12, B2, folate, phosphorus and selenium with decent amounts of calcium, zinc and vitamin D, E, K and B6. I decided to become a chicken farmer for the day and participate in the Chicken Experience at Church Farm in Ardeley.

They offer the ‘Little farmer’ or in my case ‘Big farmer’ the chance to help with feeding and collecting eggs from their happy free range hens.

You can book a session – egg collecting is at 11.30 am and 3pm daily and lasts approximately an hour. Each session is £9.95 per child, and it’s free for supervising adults. As part of the experience, you get a bag of chicken feed and get to take home half a dozen fresh farm eggs – eggcellent! I accompanied one of the farmers, the wonderful Tom, and experienced the free range chickens close up while he shared fun facts about these mother hens. I got to feed them, pick them up, stroke them and then collected the fresh eggs from their nests. We collected a total of 170 that morning. Tom then showed me the farm’s sorting room and how the eggs are graded. The eggs go for sale in the on-site farm shop and butchery, which sells all Church Farm’s other fresh produce, meat and healthy products.

You can plan a whole day out at Church Farm and there is a farm café on site for a tasty lunch; it’s a fantastic, unusual and relaxing day out for the whole family.

Church Farm is in Ardeley near Stevenage (SG2 7AH for the sat-nav). For more information go to churchfarmardeley.co.uk

Sharon Struckman is a food blogger and photographer at whatishootieat.co.uk

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