My inspiration: Leona Kane
The Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil owner created her firm after deciding to try the oil from the seed grown on her husband's farm when she ran out of olive oil for cooking one evening
Our arable farm is located on the Broighter Road outside Limavady, where we currently farm around 650 acres, of which 120 acres is oilseed rape.
It was back in 2005 when my husband first started to crush oilseed rape to make biodiesel that I began to think about a potential business idea.
I've always enjoyed cooking and used olive oil but didn't enjoy the strong flavour. One evening after running out of olive oil I decided to try some of the filtered rapeseed oil. The much more pleasant smell enticed me initially and the milder nutty taste was completely different. It didn't overpower the food, and left everything crispy rather than oily.
It was then we began researching the benefits of rapeseed oil, which contains half the saturated fat and has 10 times more Omega 3 than olive oil. From that moment on Broighter Gold rapeseed oil was born.
Eventually, in the summer of 2011 we were ready to introduce the product to the market, and the response has been amazing. Our customer base includes delis, farm shops, restaurants, fruit and veg shops and butcher shops across the province. We also supply a number of the cookery schools such as Belfast Cookery School and restaurants such as Lizzies Kitchen and James St South.
It's much easier to sell a product that you are passionate about, and it means so much to be able to sell a product that is grown, processed and marketed direct from our farm.
We're proud to say that we were recently awarded the Economusee (Artisans at Work) for NI through the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, and will be travelling to Canada in May to promote our oil.