Meet the Fieldings
I am starting to produce a series of blogs for the Food Alliance showcasing local food production and supply so that the people of Blackburn and Darwen can get to know who their local producers are and support small and local.
I sat down and mapped out who the food producers are that I need to talk to, drew up a list, picked up the phone and started to ring people. Pulford Dairies was literally my first phone call. Becki Fielding offered me a visit the following week!
I arrived at the farm to be greeted by Becki, wellies on and off we went! The tour started with an introduction to the cows, explaining how they are reared, how farming has changed over the years and how they have risen to the challenges .
This farm really is a family affair. They have been producing milk for the Blackburn with Darwen community for around 50 years. Sandra and Leonard Fielding bought the farm in 1976 and Sandra, now 78, is still very active in the farm business. Their children Colin and Sally, with their spouses Becki and Steve, are the second generation to manage and work the farm and their herd of Holstein cows and flock of Mule sheep. Along now with their third generation of sons Ted, Sam, Joe and Paul each one doing different jobs around the farm and dairy. Joe’s wife, Samantha has also recently joined the staff team too.
They supply fresh dairy deliveries to homes, commercial customers and other milkmen across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
All of the milk is processed and bottled at the dairy. Becki estimates that around 99% of the milk they produce is processed milk – they are however licensed to produce and sell raw milk which they sell in their farm shop at Eccleshill and is also delivered to local customers on their rounds. As well as raw milk they are also licensed to produce Kosher milk, which goes to Leeds and Manchester, and probiotic natural yoghurt and cream.
The family decided to open a farm shop in October 2022. All of the produce in the shop is seasonal and sourced as locally as possible. They sell their own milk, cream, yogurt and beef but you will also find other local produce including Whittakers meat, fresh free range eggs from Nightingales eggs, honey from local Dan the bee man, butter from Derby Hill dairy, and ice cream from Longridge. The shop is well stocked and Sally plans on expanding very soon by offering a bigger frozen goods section with their own meat in stock.
Pulform Farm Dairies is a Red Tractor™ Assured farm , meeting all Red Tractor’s standards for food safety, animal welfare, traceability, and environmental protection. They also have a “scores on the doors” rating of 5 stars at the dairy. Becki is an ambassador for the National Farmers Union and has been involved in community outreach work with schools and media work.
Thank you to Becki for showing me around, introducing me to your family and also connecting me to other local food producers. I am sure we will stay in touch.
For More Information
For more information on Pulford Farm Dairies visit their website
Pop to their shop-Bent Farm, Off Johnson rd, Eccleshill, Darwen BB3 3PE.
Shop opens daily from 11am to 5pm.
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