Lacey’s Family Farm: Modern farming the good old-fashioned way
With the increased pace of life and the rise of the supermarket, modern farming has never been more mysterious as we all become further removed from our food. That’s why it’s such a testament to Ed and Will Lacey that Lacey’s Family Farm is bucking the trend and serving the local area with their own, fresh produce, right on your doorstep.
Located in Lane End, the fact that Lacey’s Family Farm continues to be a family-run business operating on the same site as it has been for over 130 years is enough to tell you that they must be doing something right. Opening in 1884 and getting their first dairy cows in 1936, Ed and Will have stuck to the principles of good and honest hard work laid out by their ancestors, and it is these values that continue to drive their success.
Ed and Will’s efforts are not in vain, either; their enthusiasm for their work is both infectious and commendable, a combination that’s a necessity in the job. It’s a job that also comes with a remarkable level of scientific minutiae, a fact that became rapidly apparent on my tour of the site, as Will revealed his encyclopaedic knowledge of everything on the farm at every stop. Explaining nutrition, body shapes and good farming practice, Will took me on a half-hour crash course of his every day work, including visiting some beautiful Guernsey calves, and even checking in on some expectant mother heifers who Will explained could give birth at any moment. And, to finish the tour, we spent some time breathing in country air and marvelling at the herd that Ed and Will have devoted their lives to tending.
With their farm shop on site, it’s never been easier to enjoy local produce directly from this family farm. The farm shop has plenty to offer, from their very own milk bottled on-site, to meat, to eggs, to cheeses made specially from the milk produced by their own Guernsey herd, all the way to handmade scotch eggs and meat pies. It was almost like taking a step back in time in the most welcome way possible, seeing people choose their food directly from the producer, instead of packaged in plastic two weeks before.
If you’re at all curious about how it all works, Lacey’s Family Farm will be opening its doors on Sunday 16th June from 10am until 4pm, with live milking demonstrations, tractor and trailer rides, cows and calves to visit, and plenty of other things to see and do. It promises to be a fantastic day out, and I can personally testify to that all-important headspace you can get from surveying the wonderful views of Buckinghamshire countryside.
Lacey’s Family Farm, Bolter End Farm, Finings Road, Lane End, HP14 3LP
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