VIDEO: Barns Green farm unveils healthy bakery

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A bakery designed to produce healthy local food made from linseed was opened at a Barns Green farm on Friday (September 19).

With the help of former Great British Bake Off finalist Cat Dresser, a farming family made up of Durwin Banks and sisters Gay and Wendy unveiled the bakery.

Durwin Banks with The Sheriff of West Sussex, Jonathan Lucas, and Durwin's sisters Wendy and Gay

Durwin Banks with The Sheriff of West Sussex, Jonathan Lucas, and Durwin's sisters Wendy and Gay

The Linseed Farm, formerly known as High Barn Oils, has received a £30,000 EU grant to fund the new kitchen.

It has helped the siblings with the expansion of their business from a linseed farm to an on-site producer of healthy food products.

Durwin said: “It’s something we must change in the future, we have got to eat to keep ourselves well, instead of trying to think we can cure ourselves.

“Although we are just in a small farm in Barns Green, I’m hoping to have a much more nationwide presence and help people realise the importance of food.”

The family’s all-new Lin Food range will be produced in the bakery.

Wendy said: “It’s a case of evolution really. It’s a case of the growing of the business and a coming to a realisation of the goodness of the product.”

Cat opened her debut bakery in Handcross earlier this month and cut the ribbon to officially open the kitchen.

She said: “Working in a bakery has shown me how interested people are in what they are eating.

“I think anybody who makes a difference locally is doing an amazing job, so I hope it grows for them.”