Royal visitor gets taste of what local firms offer

Published on: 07 Jun 2013

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The Prince of Wales was given a taste of local produce when he paid a visit to two ventures near Keynsham.

Newton Farm Shop at Newton St Loe and Bath Harvest Rapeseed Oils at Wilmington Farm were both on His Royal Highness's route when he visited the Newton Park Estate, part of the Duchy of Cornwall, on May 7.

At Newton Farm, the Prince met third-generation farmers Hugh and Celia Gay, their family and staff from the farm shop, and watched sausages being made as he learned how the farm produces its own beef and pork to sell through the butchery and keeps British breeds of cattle – South Devons, Herefords, Aberdeen Angus, and Ruby Red Devons.

He met the family’s next generation of farmers, Kirsty, Naomi, William and Joshua, to talk about their hopes for the future and was introduced to Hugh’s mother Audrey, who used to run the farm and now bakes cakes for the cafe.

Next was royal oil-tasting at Bath Harvest Rapeseed Oils, where owner Debbie Keeling set out samples for the Prince to try, with the newest rosemary-infused rapeseed oil proving a particular favourite. Prince Charles at Bath Harvest Oils

His Royal Highness spent some time admiring the views at Wilmington Farm and visiting the farm’s Aberdeen Angus herd before being taken on a tour of the pressing room.

Debbie said: “Prince Charles was particularly interested in the process of pressing the rapeseed and he seemed very impressed that we feed our Aberdeen
Angus cattle on the by-product so that literally nothing goes to waste.

“We were delighted by the visit. I think he wanted to have a look at the pressing room because he is interested in diversification within the farming industry.”

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