Specialist horticultural grower Richard Snowdon, who is busy harvesting fields of asparagus and lettuce in the shadow of Harewood House, is one of eight Yorkshire farmers featuring in a film putting food and farming at the heart of the Grand Départ.
The two minute film was launched this week and features the group, spanning three generations of local farmers, and gives the public a behind the scenes tour of a day in the life of a farming community along the route of the Tour de France.
The day starts at 5.00am with 62-year-old Bruce Bell, who produces milk for Wensleydale Cheese. From there the film follows the 243-mile route over the course of the next 19 hours.
On the way it visits several sites including Buckden sheep farmer Garry Schofield, Skipton pedigree Aberdeen Angus producer Alistair Lawn, and Mr Snowden in Harewood.
The video also takes in Harrogate’s award-winning local food retailer Fodder as well as Little Valley Brewery in Crag Vale where the small brewing team have used prime malting barley to produce a special beer for the Tour stage winner.
NFU Regional Director Richard Pearson said the goal was to highlight the diversity of food and drink produced in England’s largest county.
“We also wanted to show just how much our farmers enjoy what they do,” he said.
“It’s true the industry has its challenges and we have seen our local producers face difficult times, but the vast majority of farmers who manage 70 per cent of the county’s area simply would not do anything else. It’s a vocation, a way of life and you only have to watch the film to see just how much they love it.
“Welcoming the Tour de France gives Yorkshire a fantastic opportunity to showcase our county and our way of life. Our love of farming must be clear to anyone travelling round the area. I hope this film will help put the local farming community at the heart of this amazing event.”
The film was produced with the NFU’s Back British Farming Campaign and can be seen at nfuonline.com/about-us/our-offices/north-east/