Turners of Bytham
Every farm has a story to tell, as unique as the farm itself. For some, it is an important part of knowing where their food comes from and the wider values that they are supporting. For others, it is a chance to get to know the farmland whose trails they have enjoyed exploring. So, whatever your reason for searching us out, thank you and this is just a really small snapshot of what we do and the people who help to make it all happen.
“Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told.”
The Grange is a traditional, organic farm cared for by the Turners for over four generations. Tucked away in the small village of Little Bytham near Stamford, the farm is able to produce some very special crops from its small (by today’s standards) 100ha. It sits overlooking a broad valley formed by the once great Bytham River, whose legacy is its unique range of soils. John and Guy continue the same long tradition of truly mixed, rotational farming that has a passion for our produce.
There are reminders that farming has been practiced in Little Bytham over many centuries. One of the suggested origins of the village’s name “Bytham” comes from the Anglo-Saxon term "cultivated village”. In medieval times, the land was sought by the Earl of Albemarle, half-brother to William the Conqueror, “to give him some land which would bear wheat, whereby he might be better able to nourish his son”.