Members of the Slow Food Aylsham organisation recently paid an evening visit to Nortons Dairy farm in Frettenham, near Aylsham, to discover more about an important local business that has essential ‘Slow Food’ principles at its heart.
Emily Norton was the guide for the visit and she took her guests through the various processes of milk, butter and cream production, while on the way introducing the cows and their calves. She explained that the Norton family has owned Church Farm since 1946 but it was only a few years ago that they decided to become a specialist dairy producer, having previously mixed arable, beef and dairy.
The farm can now produce up to 2000 litres of a milk a day, around half of which is sold locally to individual and business customers. The evening rounded off with a visit to Nortons farm shop where there was the opportunity to try a variety of produce.
Over 70 ‘contestants’ attended Slow Food Aylsham’s event, a food-themed quiz night in the Town Hall on Saturday 25th April. The quiz was a sell-out with the worthy winners taking away a selection of local apple juice from Ashill Fruit Farm and cheese from Ferndale Norfolk Farmhouse Cheeses.
There is more about Slow Food Aylsham at www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk and information will also be available on their stands at Aylsham Carnival on Sunday 5th July 2009 and Aylsham Show on Monday 31st August 2009.