Titles for cider, honey, chutney and flour at National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards
Top quality food and drink made, grown and reared on National Trust land in the South West has scooped awards at the charity’s Fine Farm Produce Awards.
Killerton House in Devon was the main winner regionally, picking up five awards, for its cider, honey, charcoal, apple chutney and Clyston Mill flour, which is grown on the Killerton estate.
Barrington Court Estate in Somerset won awards for its apple juices and cider, which won an award for the first time. There was also an award for the Trust’s Hindon Organic Farm, on Exmoor.
Clyston Mill Flour and Killerton Kitchen Apple Chutney were two new entries in this year’s awards.
Ed Nicholson, head warden for the Killerton Estate, at Broadclyst near Exeter, said: “We experimented using the different apple varieties and eventually created our medium dry cider which is incredibly popular – we just can’t make enough of it. We made just over 3,000 litres this year, which is about 4,000 bottles, all sold through our own shop and other National Trust shops. Next year we would like to increase production to 4,000 litres.”
The winners will now be able to use the coveted Fine Farm Produce Award logo on their products.
The awards, now in their fifth year, are going from strength-to-strength and 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.