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Fine Farm award for Barrington Court cider
1:00pm Monday 8th October 2012 in News
APPLE juice and cider made at Barrington Court are among the products to win a prestigious National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award.
The awards, supported by Freedom Food and now in their seventh year, celebrate the breadth and quality of produce grown, reared or made on special places owned or managed by the National Trust, including tenant farms, orchards and gardens.
Three of the products made from the orchards by the Trust at Barrington Court won awards this year/ They are the South Somerset Blended Apple Juice and two ciders – the Medium Farmhouse Cider and Dry Farmhouse Cider. They will all now be able to use the coveted Fine Farm Produce Award stamp to help market their products.
Barrington Court’s apple expert, Rachel Brewer, said: “Our three awards are for probably the three most popular products that we do and since we can only enter three it is great to have won with all of them.
“In previous years, we’ve won for the early Worcester and Bramley apple juice. Having the Fine Farm Produce label on our bottles is a thrill and makes people aware of the high quality of our juices and cider from Barrington.”
Rachel explained that because the cider and juice is made in small quantities great care can be taken in ensuring the high quality.
She said: “We think the quality comes from the tremendous care taken in all the stages of production.
“We harvest apples by hand with volunteers, the apples are carefully selected and crated before being pressed.
“We can get them from the tree to being pressed in two hours – packed with vitamins and really sweet.”
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.