A Norfolk Farm on a Plate
Anna Hill is in Norfolk on the Blickling Estate to see one farmer's produce end up on her plate - as a traditional roast dinner and a pint of ale. Tony Bambridge is a specialist grower of both seed and ware potatoes which require virgin land each time they are grown. Potatoes are particularly susceptible to pests and pathogens and ensuring that he uses fresh land cuts down on the risks of these affecting his crop. For seed potatoes he must leave a gap of 12 - 15 years so he rents neighbouring farmers' land, fitting into their crop rotations. On his own land he also grows Maris Otter winter barley, which he sells to local microbreweries to produce real ale. His niche crop is horseradish root which goes to local restaurants and shops, and is particularly popular amongst the Jewish community at Passover. Tony's wife Emily breeds Lincoln Red cattle to produce beef which is all sold to the local butcher in Aylsham. All these elements come together at the Saracen's Head, where Anna sits down to a plate of roast beef, roast potatoes, horseradish sauce with a pint of local beer, all produce originating from Tony's farm.
Produced by Beatrice Fenton.