The countdown is on to the annusal Charity Farmhouse Breakfast feast in the New Year.
Throwing open their doors again for three-day 2010 spread are husband-and-wife farmers and on-farm accommodation hosts Chris and Christine Ryder, of Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses, midway between Skipton and Harrogate.
Christine is a leading member of the locally based REAL Food and Farming, which both promotes and supports the Yorkshire Dales uplands and the communities and businesses that depend on them.
Morning and afternoon breakfast sittings will be staged on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 26, 27 and 28, with the potential to serve up to 180 farmhouse breakfasts over the three days.
Helping out will be staff from main sponsors Barclays, along with fellow Yorkshire members of Farm Stay UK, Britain’s biggest network of farm-based accommodation providers.
Tickets are now on sale at £15 a head from Christine on 01943 880354. The emphasis will again be on the use of quality local produce, also promoting the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast every day as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Ryders first hosted Yorkshire’s Charity Farmhouse Breakfast in 2007 and over the years the event has raised many thousands of pounds for deserving causes.
The 2010 beneficiary will be the ARC-Addington Fund, a national charity that helps maintain the economic and social fabric of the farming community. Its main work is the Strategic Rural Housing Scheme, which provides housing for farmers who have to leave their farm and cannot find anywhere suitable to live.
“Breakfast bookings are already coming through nicely. We’re grateful to Barclays for their backing and would also welcome donations of breakfast ingredients from local suppliers, along with other sponsors who might like to support the cause, either through cash donations or raffle prizes,” said Christine.
Charity Farmhouse Breakfast details are also posted at www.realfoodandfarming.co.uk
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