Matthew, 4, helps the Duchess bake bread
PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010
THE DUCHESS of Cornwall was delighted with her 'tortoise' bread made at a Topsham farmer's mobile bakery at the Devon County Show. Ian Shears, one of the owners of Highfield Farm, in Topsham, was delighted when the Duchess visited his unique wood-fired ov
THE DUCHESS of Cornwall was delighted with her 'tortoise' bread made at a Topsham farmer's mobile bakery at the Devon County Show.Ian Shears, one of the owners of Highfield Farm, in Topsham, was delighted when the Duchess visited his unique wood-fired oven and kitchen and joined the schoolchildren in making bread rolls.Ian, an organic farmer, said: "She was very enthusiastic and I was really impressed how she got stuck in. "My son, Matthew, told her that he was doing a tortoise so she started making one too. "Once it was baked, I gave it to her in a bag and she said she would have it for lunch."The Duchess told four-year-old Matthew Shears, a pupil at Hope House Montessori School, in Topsham: "It looks more like a hedgehog!"After showing off her baking skills in the Devon Young Farmers' marquee, the Duchess walked around the show talking to the visitors.Ian invented his unique, patented oven last year to help reconnect schoolchildren with the way food is made and where it comes from and has visited over 1,000 children with it this year alone.The farmer gets funding from the Higher Level Stewardship allowing schools to visit the farm for free - seeing the cattle and chickens as well as making their own rolls.He said: "I had seen similar ovens in Italy and was looking for a way to add value to the wheat grown on the farm. "All children love farms and I have always felt that it is very important for them to see how food is grown and harvested."Devon County Show is the largest agricultural show in the county and acts as a showcase for Devon's food and farming industry.l If your school would like to visit Highfield Farm call (01392) 876388.