Locally produced cider, beef, honey, chutney, charcoal, flour and apple juice all receive awards and will now be able to use the coveted Fine Farm Produce Award logo on their products. The winning products were chosen from a very high standard of 47 separate entries.
The following National Trust tenants and in-hand producers in the South West have received a Fine Farm Produce Award for 2011.
- Barrington Court Estate, Medium Farmhouse Cider, Somerset
- Big Red Cow, Red Devon Beef, Somerset – first time entrant and winner
- Burrow Farm, Red Devon Beef Devon – first time entrant and winner
- Clyston Mill, Stoneground Flour, Devon
- Home Farm, Red Devon Beef Topside and Mince, Cornwall – first time entrant and winner
- Killerton Estate, Traditional Medium Dry Cider, Honey, Charcoal, Devon
- Parke Farm, Apple Juice, Devon – first time entrant and winner
- Stourhead Farm Shop, Organic Angus Cross Beefburgers, Wiltshire – Burgers win for the first time
The awards, now in their sixth year celebrate the breadth and quality of produce farmed, grown or processed on land owned or managed by the National Trust, including tenant farms, orchards and gardens.
Rob Macklin, national agriculture and food adviser at the National Trust, said: “To even qualify for judging, all products meet strict criteria of provenance and environmental and animal welfare standards, and all primary ingredients must meet high production assurance.
“Products that successfully pass this check are subjected to a vigorous blind taste test by a panel of judges. The appearance, preparation, colour, aroma, texture and taste all have to be at least as good as a high quality, commercially available alternative, to win an award. Judging is therefore harsh but fair.”
The National Trust cares for half a million acres of farmland across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It works closely with its properties and tenants to help them develop high quality products.
Rob continued: “Since 2006, over 150 products have received a Fine Farm Produce Award and this year’s winners will join a group of some of the very best producers that the country has to offer.”
This year’s judging panel included Henrietta Green, food writer, broadcaster and founder of FoodLoversBritain.com; Karen Barnes, editor of delicious magazine and Richard McGeown, chef patron at Couch’s Great House Restaurant in Cornwall.
A full list of the award winners and details of their produce can be found online at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/finefarmproduceawards
The National Trust is passionate about using local and seasonal food in its 150 tearooms and cafes. Many of this year’s Fine Farm Produce Award winners sell their produce either through their own farm shop, direct to customers or on-line.