Heath Farm Suffolk in Hessett to feature on BBC One's Countryfile next weekend
A Hessett farm is due to feature on BBC One’s Countryfile after the production team expressed interest in its commitment to local produce.
Heath Farm Suffolk, which is run by Mike Phillips and Katie Mitcham, was selected to appear in a special Suffolk-based episode which will air on Sunday, November 25.
The farm was chosen for its dedication to rearing traditional heritage breeds and for its ‘farm to fork’ ethos, which ensures that all meat is born and raised on the farm.
“We sell our produce directly to the public in our farm shop cutting out any middle man so people can see exactly where their food comes from,” said Katie, who gave up her job as a chef to take over the running of her father's farm after he suffered a near-death car accident in September 2012.
She then joined Heath Farm as a partner six years ago.
“It feels incredible to be chosen and we feel incredibly proud of what we are doing.
“I’m also very proud for my father because to be 78 years old and have Countryfile filming on your farm is a great achievement. It’s a national programme at prime time on a Sunday so to be featured on a programme of such calibre is amazing.”
Presenters Margherita Taylor and John Craven spent a day filming at the farm on Friday, November 2, with the contents of the episode being kept under wraps until next weekend.
“The team blew me away. They were so kind and patient as I had to go over things lots of times to get it right,” said Katie, 41.
“It’s a surreal experience. It was a different day but a very very enjoyable one.”
And Katie hopes that being featured on the programme will attract more local people to the farm.
“I hope it will put what we’re doing and what we’re all about out there for people to see,” she said.
“Mike and I hold down three other jobs to keep the farm going and there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved.
“So for us to be recognised for what we do would be invaluable. It would be great.”