Bonjour to food county

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Market Rasen Rotarians have been promoting the area’s food industry.

True to being at the centre of this great Lincolnshire food county, French food science student Marion Blanchard’s feet have hardly touched the ground since she arrived in Market Rasen.

The butcher from Sunnyside Up Farm Shop demonstrated how to properly joint Lincoln Red Beef, and visits to Lincoln and York Coffee at Elsham airfield and nearby Piper’s Crisps have all been on the agenda for the 22-year-old during her week being hosted by the Market Rasen club.

And if that wasn’t enough, she also spent time at Osgodby’s Cote Hill dairy farm, where Marion witnessed the manufacture and maturation of their excellent cheeses, all followed by an early-morning visit to the Grimsby fish docks, where the auction process was observed, as well as seeing the fish smoking procedure.

Following a breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club at Market Rasen Racecourse, where Rotary banners were exchanged, Cherry Valley Farms took Marion through the whole process of rearing and fattening ducks, and showed stages all the way to preparation of meals, made with duck meat.

The day entailed three sets of ‘showering in and out’ of various units, with changes of clothing for each session.

Marion is spending a total of eight weeks in England on a programme organised by the Rotary Club of Skegness.