Manor Farm Shop Wins 'Rural Oscars'
|Published: 8th April 2011 01:46|
The ‘Rural Oscars' as they are known are awards run and judged by the Countryside Alliance. This is their sixth year and they champion community values and commitment to produce.
Manor Organic Farm in Long WhattonProud winner of the Local Food Award for the whole of the East Midlands is Manor Organic Farm in Long Whatton. You have an Oscar winner here in the middle of the East Midlands.
The awards Director , Jill Grieve and on the visiting judging panel described Manor Farm Shop as "A really dynamic enterprise which is high quality and run with passion and good humour. There is a dedicated in -house Master butcher as well as on-site artisan baker. School tours emphasise a motivated approach to taking the local food message to the next generation. The team's commitment gives the whole farm a great atmosphere, and if local produce depends on families like the Matravers and their staff then it is in safe hands".
The awards attract 1000's of nominations and are whittled down to twelve regional winners who in the judges eyes celebrate the characters, produce, traditions and enterprises of the countryside.
Vivienne Matravers, owner of Manor Organic Farm with husband Graeme, said:
"We will try not to let this go to our heads - well not too much. We will still be staying up late in the lambing shed and mucking out the cows and here in the shop in what sometimes feels like 24/7. What I am really so pleased about is that this actually recognises that we are offering the geniune article - a farm shop selling its own and other local farmers produce to the people living around it and maintaining the traditional farming, butchery and bakery skills.
"And as they say in all Oscar acceptance speeches thank you to all those who support us, we literally would not be here without you!!"