The new Vine House Farm Shop and cafe has opened its doors to the public.
After around seven years of planning the newly built facility in Deeping St Nichols next door to the old shop has opened its doors to the public this morning (Thursday).
The new store allows Vine House to offer a wider selection of local produce on sale, including home and locally grown fruit and vegetables, an in-store butchery hosted by Grasmere Farm, a wide-selection of local produce, Lincolnshire-brewed ales and wines, fresh locally baked bread, and their own free- range eggs.
And on top of that is the new 70-seater cafe, which will serve fresh, local, and home-grown produce on its menu, as well as an outside decking area overlooking the wildlife pond and a larger carpark with electric-car-charging points.
The first person through the doors was given freshly picked strawberries, home grown organic asparagus and freshly laid eggs as a thank you for their custom.
General manager Amy Wood, said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to have the shop open.
“We’ve got a great team and an even greater range of products on offer.”
Nicholas Watts, the Farm’s founder, is over the moon to be able to open the shop and café, describing it as “the realisation of a long-held dream”.
Nicholas and his family are passionate about British farming and sustainable, locally sourced produce and hope the larger farm shop will help showcase and celebrate the produce of Lincolnshire’s farmers and business-owners, as well as offer them support following the challenges they have faced in the last year.
The family is especially excited to be working with Grasmere Farm, which will be running an in-store butchery concession where they will be selling their own reared pork, perfect for those looking to host BBQs and get the family together in the sunshine over the next few months.
They’re also pleased to have several other local products on their shelves; as well as original favourites like the freshly-baked bread and pastries of Pacey’s Bakery and home-made preserves of Saints & Sinners, visitors can also look forward to several new additions, including pizza from Brick Pizza and frozen gourmet meals from Cook.