10 years of cold pressed rapeseed oil. From a leading actress and a butcher to Michelin star chefs and business leaders; all part of this modern farmer’s story.

Celebrating 10 years, Farmer Duncan Farrington thanks the people who supported his British culinary oil with the first 10, new look bottles off the production line.

Farrington’s Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil celebrates its 10th anniversary with a redesign and fresh look. The success of this British brand of culinary oil has been achieved through lots of hard work, as well as support from a wide variety of people.  Duncan started selling bottles of Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil to independent retailers from the boot of his car in 2005, including his first stop at the local butcher, H Johnson & Sons in Thrapston.  Mr. Johnson agreed to give it a try on a sale or return basis and within a fortnight had placed his second order having completely sold out.

In 2003 Duncan became a LEAF Demonstration Farmer, as part of a network of farmers who talk to the public about their environmentally friendly farming practices. Actress Tamsin Greig launched the Farrington family farm as a demonstration farm. Tamsin was playing Debbie Aldridge in the Archers at the time, where the character had just completed her LEAF audit on the show.  Duncan invited Tamsin and her family to the farm where she planted an owl box to mark the occasion. Later with LEAF Marque accreditation for his rapeseed, Duncan began producing Farrington’s Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil to the highest environmental standards and raised the bar of British produced culinary oils.

Cold pressed rapeseed oil continues to grow in popularity and is much loved by chefs and home cooks alike, who appreciate its culinary and health properties.  Leading chefs to discover Farrington’s early on included Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.  Duncan introduced himself to Jamie at a consumer show in 2006, and since then has produced one of Jamie’s brands of rapeseed oil as well as being on the menu at his Union Jacks restaurant.  Nigella was an early fan too, naming Farrington’s Mellow Yellow as her rapeseed oil of choice in her book ‘Kitchen’. More recently, the company was chosen by Michel Roux Jr’s Cookery School to become a partner.  The school contacted Farrington’s because their chefs have been using the oil since the school opened in 2013.

Duncan also acknowledges other people who support British agriculture and who have, in one way or another, been advocates and mentors.  Duncan says, “Our success has been achieved not only with a great product but also through working with great people who believed in what I was trying to achieve right from the start.  From the food writers and independent shops to the national retailers and Michelin-starred chefs, all of whom I’ve enjoyed working with and who have supported us on our journey from humble beginnings”.

The ten people to receive bottles of Farrington’s Mellow Yellow cold pressed rapeseed oil are Judith Batchelar, Graham Cassie, Sheila Dillon, Tamsin Greig, Adam Gray, Nigel Johnson, Nigella Lawson, James Martin, Jamie Oliver and Michel Roux Jr.

Thank you for 10 years of cold pressed rapeseed oil, here’s to 10 more!

Come and meet the family, we have added two new products to the Farrington range this year!  Many shops are enjoying great success with the whole range, but if you have yet to try them, then please do come and visit us on stand 1135 at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London on 6-8 September.

Northamptonshire’s Finest!

We were delighted to scoop Runner Up prize for Best Local Product at the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2009, held at Holdenby House last week.  The judges included celebrity chef Sophie Grigson, Michelin-starred Aday Gray, chef Stephen Bulmer (all long term Mellow Yellow fans) and of course, the general public!  Although a national brand, Mellow Yellow is proud of its roots and didn’t mind coming second to local butcher Sauls of Spratton’s excellent potted beef, especially as they do, of course stock Mellow Yellow!

Farming update

As you will no doubt be aware, we are Britain’s original “seed to bottle” producer.  We are pleased to report that although many people are complaining that they have not had a summer, this year’s harvest has been considerably drier and therefore easier than last year!  Our LEAF marque rape was all harvested a few weeks ago and is ready to press, on demand to ensure the freshest product for you and your customers.

If you are unable to make the show but would like further information, please do contact us on 01933 622809 or by email info@farrington-oils.co.uk ; or one of our brilliant wholesale suppliers, who are always happy to hear from you:

Berryhill Merchants Ltd (Ireland); Cotswold Fayre, Hider Food Imports; Goodness Foods; Michael Bance (Leicestershire), Richards Catering Supplies (Cornwall), T & J Fine Foods (Lincolnshire), Vin Sullivan (Wales and North West)

Summer has finally arrived, the harvest is in full swing and we are busier than ever on Bottom Farm!  Welcome to our summer newsletter, where we are in the press, on the box and more…..

In the Press…

We hosted a very successful press day in May, where, in spite of the rain, we enjoyed Mellow Yellow drizzled barbequed asparagus cooked for us by Adam Gray (Head Chef at Rhodes Twenty Four in London).  This has resulted in some excellent coverage in magazines such as Delicious, Countryfile and Good Housekeeping.

On the Box…

ITV viewers in the Anglia region will be able to catch us on “Country Lives” on Friday 22 August at 8pm and in the Meridian region on Sunday 31st August at 6pm to see Duncan give a tour of the farm and some background on Farrington Oils Ltd.

Show Time…. We continue to show at both the trade and retail fairs and we have really noticed in the retail shows how familiar people are with Mellow Yellow as a brand and how aware they are of the many health benefits of cold-pressed rapeseed oil – many have stopped using olive oil in favour of Mellow Yellow.

Thank you to those of you who dropped in on Duncan at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair in Harrogate in June.  We also had a good show at the CLA Game Fair in July at Blenheim, where this time the sun shone as it should!


Award winning Dressings!

The dressings have been flying off the shelves.  Although people do associate them with salads and warmer weather, it is well worth remembering that they are also delicious with steamed veg, as well as smoked fish and cheeses.

SALSA… No, thankfully we haven’t all taken up latin-american dancing but we are very pleased to have attained our SALSA (Safe And Local Supplier Approval) accreditation which means that you can be confident in the high standards to which our oil and dressings are produced.

Further Information

For orders and further information, please do not hesitate to call us on 01933 622809; email info@farrington-oils.co.uk ; or one of our brilliant wholesale suppliers, who are always happy to hear from you:

Essential Trading Co-op; F.A.Wyatt & Co Ltd.(Ireland); Hider Food Imports; Goodness Foods; Michael Bance (Leicestershire), Richards Catering Supplies (Cornwall), T & J Fine Foods (Stamford).