Midweek run to Farmers Arms Hotel and B&B Basil herb garden

A large number of members gathered at the Club Rooms for an 11:30am departure time. The route eventually took us along Sutton Grange and Axe Creek Roads, with a few members joining the group along the way. Eventually we arrived to the Farmers Arms Hotel in Junortoun, where the group numbers swelled to around 50. 

Lunch was terrific with most members opting for the 2 course lunch special, chased down with either a brown ale or soft drink. The meal was piping hot and extremely tasty. Members commented on how good the staff attended to our main meals and deserts. Tea and coffee were provided as a complimentary service.

On arrival at B&B Basil herb growers in Rowena Street, our group numbers had dropped to around 45 in total. Once ready to go we were ushered into the facility by Clive where we were greeted by George the proprietor who explained in great detail how the business originally begun from humble beginnings and grew to its present state.

B&B Basil grow micro greens and with an ever expanding business, now selling to 4 states or Australia and other countries in addition to local Bendigo customers. 

Our group toured the state of the art facility with George explaining the inner workings of each hot house. All members sampled a great variety of fresh tasty micro herbs and edible flowers, all digested with a thumbs up for presentation quality and flavour. What a great business to originate in Bendigo! 

Finally the group thanked George for an excellent tour, with a round of applause well received. The afternoon concluded at around 4:45pm. Thanks to Clive and Peggy Bennett for organizing such a great mid week adventure.

Article by Colin Butler