BBC Food & Farming awards
Closing date approx 26 Jan 2016
In spite of the global recession, Lord Hamilton, owner of the Apley Estate, opened Apley Farm Shop nearly 4 years ago in March 2011, specifically to champion Shropshire’s local food producers.
He also encourages his team of staff to be committed to the local & seasonal food ethos, at the heart of the Farm Shop’s mission statement. The Farm Shop employs local people whenever possible & provides a retail outlet for local producers. Julie Wycherley, our head cake baker, lives 4 miles away on an organic milk farm.
As well as Apley’s own game (pheasant & partridge), Apley’s farm manager supplies the farm shop’s butcher Mark Lowe with Apley Estate beef, whilst Apley tenant farmers supply lamb & potatoes. Apley Walled Garden supplies the majority of the fruit & vegetables sold in the Farm Shop. Ready made meals, pies & tartes are handmade on site & sold on the Delicatessen counter.
2014 winner – Edge and sons butcher, Wirral
Runner up – Veasey fishmonger and the Courtyard cheese shop
Best of the best in British food and drink
Best food producer – Gigha Halibut Scotland, Best Atlantic halibut
Cook of the year Tony Mulgrew – Impoving school menus at Ravenscliffe school
Presented on radio 4
to honour those who have done most to promote the cause of good food”.
The Judging Process
Once the judges receive the nominations (thousands come in from every region in the UK) they select a short list of three finalists in each category which has to be signed off by the entire judging panel.
Then the fun begins! Working in pairs the judges travel to meet their chosen finalists (over the years this has involved visits ranging from the Isles of Scilly to the Isle of Islay).
A few weeks later, after all the visits have been completed, the team gathers at the final judges’ meeting; stories are exchanged in detail, businesses explained and flavours described. The panel, working as a team, decide on the eventual winners.
Deadline 26th January 2015
Main nominations for the 2015 awards have now closed but you can still make a nomination for the Countryfile Farming Hero. Open from 1st to 14th February – click on the category description below to go to the Countryfile website to submit your nomination