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Dagenham farm grows fanbase with homemade jam at open day

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 August 2016

Jackie and Dave Gascoigne sample the farm's jam and scones

Jackie and Dave Gascoigne sample the farm's jam and scones

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Scones smothered in organic jam went down a treat at a farm open day.

Katie Young, four, and Amy Jury, 11, having funKatie Young, four, and Amy Jury, 11, having fun

Visitors to Growing Communities’ Dagenham farm on Sunday could indulge in a cream tea – complete with homemade DagenJAM.

The apricot and strawberry and rose geranium varieties are the first to be produced by the four food trainees at the Rainham Road North patch.

Vince Thomas, team leader at Dagenham Library, was so inspired by the farm’s output that he performed a song that he’d penned about the jams.

The less musically inclined helped taste test the farm’s tomato ketchup which is being finalised at the moment.

Paul Harris, on the left, showing people around the farmPaul Harris, on the left, showing people around the farm

There were about 100 visitors to the farm including some people who lived nearby but had only recently discovered that it existed and others who came when it first opened in 2012.

Project co-ordinator Kerry Rankine said it was great to increase awareness of the farm.

“It was really nice to talk to people about what we do and encourage them to come back – it wasn’t the end of something, it was the start,” she explained.

“But we might need to start rationing the jam as we sold so much of it. Some people were using the two jams as an excuse to have a few scones!”

The farm is open to the public every Sunday from 11am to 3pm until November 27.

Pick up a copy of today’s paper for more pictures.

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