Once they have taken the Münsterlanders to their hearts, they are loyal - Britta Nahrup and her team at Nahrup's Hof in Greven have found this time and again. Whether in the farm shop or the farm café - the many guests from the region appreciate the personal contact, the relaxed interaction, the delicious products. And they are interested in the people behind it all: "They know our faces and love the fact that we always put our heart and soul into it," says Britta Nahrup. A typical family business.
The farm was first mentioned historically in 1472 - at that time still under the name Hof Johanning. This name changed when the heiress Helene Spahn-Johanning married the farmer Bernhard Nahrup in 1941. For many years, everything on the farm revolved around farming and animal husbandry, and then in 1974 the family grew its first asparagus. But that was not to be the end of the story - the range of products in the farm shop grew ever wider, and 20 years ago the family decided to add another mainstay: they opened a farm café in 2000.
Where there used to be tractors, ploughs and much more, a cosy place with lots of regional food was created. And it is only 150 metres from the canal. The perfect place to stop for hikers and cyclists. The café now seats 120 people inside at normal times and 200 more on the outdoor terrace. The courtyard is also popular for events such as weddings or family and birthday celebrations.
Although the restrictions surrounding the Corona pandemic mean that the café can only operate to a limited extent at the moment, the regulars don't have to do without the cake specialities even during these times. "Instead, we offer hot and cold drinks and mini cakes to take away," says the Greven native. And since the café is currently only open on holidays and weekends, during the week it runs quite simply with self-service: guests can buy these in the farm shop and enjoy them at the bar table or on the sun terrace.
On Sundays and public holidays, the cake box is added: Then customers can take the cake they want from the fridge without having to wait and simply put the money in a box there. Trust is a top priority here. Meanwhile, asparagus is still on sale anyway: it is not only available in the farm shop daily from 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., but also at many regional weekly markets.
It is especially the homemade products that have been well received by customers in the farm shop for years. There is a variety of cakes and pies, delicious home-made bread, sultana bread, multigrain bread - of course always fresh from the oven. In addition, there are all kinds of other regional delicacies on the shelves: Westphalian mettwurst or ham on the bone, homemade jams and honey from the beekeeper, liqueurs, potatoes from the region, fresh free-range eggs. "We have noticed for years that there is an increasing demand for regional products," says Britta Nahrup. And so it is above all the people from Münsterland who are her guests in the farm shop and café. "Some come directly with cake forks in their luggage," the café owner says with a laugh. And then they sit down by the canal with a delicious piece of cake and enjoy the break and the beautiful view.