Orchard View Farm cooked up a mighty home grown feast last week to celebrate the most important meal of the day – breakfast. 

The farm, in Little Meadle, took part in national event, Breakfast Week, to encourage people to sit down and enjoy a healthy, tasty meal first thing in the morning. 

The nationwide Shake Up Your Wake Up campaign includes Breakfast Week, which aims to celebrate everything breakfast related.

The farm served up several hundred breakfasts during the successful weeklong event, which ran from 25 to the 31 January.

From homemade toasted muesli to a full English breakfast, made with award winning sausages, bacon, baked beans, black pudding and eggs that were all produced on the farm, everyone was catered for throughout the weeklong food celebration.

Jim MacKellar, who owns and runs the farm with his wife Helen, said: “Breakfast week went really well for us. We were really busy and the most breakfasts we made was on Saturday, when we made 48 in one day.

 “The farm is really unique, we make everything ourselves, including our baked beans and black pudding which is made with beer from a local brewery, so breakfast week was a great way to raise awareness about what we do here. Even our eggs are made by my children’s chickens.

“I’ve had loads of full English breakfasts in the past and I can honestly say that ours is the most unique.

“It sounds like a cliché but breakfast really is the most important part of the day. Having breakfast makes such a difference to your day. It gives you more energy and sets you up for the rest of day.”

Jim and Helen bought the land where their farm stands in 2009, but never set out to start running their own farm.

“We were actually looking for a house with an acre or an acre and a half of land so that we could become more a more self-sufficient family. We were inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and River Cottage, so we hoped to own a few pigs and chickens and grow some vegetables. He was our drive to becoming healthier and it just fuelled our imagination.

“When we saw the land, we knew we couldn’t miss out of the opportunity to set up Orchard View Farm.”

If you missed out on breakfast week this year, have no fear, because Jim is certain that they will make a habit out of the event.

“This is the first time we’ve done breakfast week but it went so well, we will definitely be doing it again next year, but our All Day breakfasts are available all year round.”

There are more quality food events at Orchard View Farm to keep your tummies full in the meantime – on 28 February, join visually impaired host Andy Shipley for a three course meal in the dark. Call 01844 273 387 for more information.