A vet from Granborough is branching out from treating animals and giving sage advice to their owners by launching her own herb business.
Vanessa Swinson set up Hogshaw Herbs cafe and gift shop last year, which was officially opened by food writer Mary Berry in November, and is planning to expand the business into selling a range of herbs for cooking and planting.
She hopes to have her herb garden and display area up and running in the spring in time for the growing season.
She is also planning to run courses on growing and cooking with herbs.
Speaking to the Advertiser and Review, Mrs Swinson said: “I have long had an interest in growing herbs and using them in cooking and making hand creams and that kind of thing.
“We have a small farm where we keep livestock, but we are trying to make better use of our barns and this was a way of building a business to sell some of the things from the farm.
“Everybody seems enthusiastic, which is encouraging.”
She added the cafe was also popular with cyclists and walkers, a fact she wanted to build on for the spring.
Mrs Swinson said: “We want to sell some of the more unusual herbs for people to plant in their own gardens or have pots they can pick fresh herbs from and for it to be more widely known how to use them in cooking to get more flavour into food without needing more fat or salt.”
Hogshaw also employs three members of staff who live locally.