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Published 12th July 2015

This year we will have hosted our fourth Annual Groups Visit, which we hold on the first Thursday in July each year.  It all started back in 2012 when a couple of local Women's Institute groups contacted us asking if they could visit the farm and see where we produce our famous Lincolnshire rapeseed oil.  Word quickly spread on how interesting and informative everyone had found the day and within weeks we had more groups booked into the following year. We've had engineering groups, U3A groups, groups of WI ladies, Town's Women's Guilds - the mix of people has been fantastic!

We were lucky with the weather again this year - our groups were welcomed with tea, coffee and biscuits (this year I chose not to make biscuits with our oil but introduce everyone to the delight of "Grantham Gingerbread" - a very traditional local biscuit, made by Alastair Hawken - I do like to support other local businesses too.

Andrew took the groups on a tour and talked about the farm machinery (which is used to prepare the soil; plant the seeds; spread the fertiliser and harvest the crops) before heading into the Oil Pressing Shed where he explained how we press and bottle our popular rapeseed oil.

A break for lunch down at our village hall - I had cooked and baked everything with our oil.  A lovely selection of sandwiches was made using bread made by me and also Welbourne's Bakery (from Navenby)as well as foccacias, pizzas, quiches, dips, crackers all filled the long table and there was much interest and sampling of the food on the Gluten free table (my new area of interest for this year).  A good selection of cakes went down well with copious amounts of tea and coffee before heading off to the vineyard for another talk, before the day was finished!

Next month I am going to let you know how pleased I am with my trials using gluten free flour and our oil - so do come back and read my blog then!  We are hoping to start this year's harvest in about 10 days time so check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to see what's happening every day.