CARROLL’S HERITAGE POTATOES, from Cornhill-on-Tweed in Northumberland, have been named as winners of a prestigious award at the 2015 British farming Awards ceremony held earlier this month at Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa. The awards ceremony was a fantastic night attended by more than 450 farmers and industry professionals and saw Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes win Arable Innovator of the Year.
The British Farming Awards showcase the innovation and achievements of grass roots farmers across the agricultural industry and rewards farmers who have worked hard to make their businesses successful. This is its third year and 14 awards were given out with Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes winning in the Arable Innovator category beating four other short listed entrants.
Sponsored by Certis this award is given to someone who demonstrate a progressive and forward thinking approach to arable farming. The award could be given for developing new methods of cropping, the use of new technology or environmental management.
Anthony Carroll gave his views after winning the award “It feels amazing to have won. You look at the standard of other people there and you think, well, we’re fifth by far. There are some really impressive businesses out there. We are both thrilled and surprised.”
He added “the arable sector is going through a tough time at the moment. You’re up against world prices. You can set up a business which you can drive forward and you can set the prices and have direct contact with people and I think that puts sustainability into the business.”
Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes pride themselves on their high standard of service and call their customers on a weekly basis to tell them which varieties are being dug. They also invite chefs and other buyers to the farm and work with customers in their development kitchens.
The British farming Awards are aimed at recognising British Farmers across a range of awards businesses through an innovative approach, re-invented your business, developed a new agricultural input or piece of machinery, have thought-out a new approach to livestock or crop production, or adopted and adapted new research and technology.
What the judges said: “Anthony and Lucy Carroll demonstrate a high level of innovation both in variety choice and marketing, which they have total control over. They are enthusiastic about what they do and have clearly though about the supply chain from start to finish.”
A small family business, based in beautiful North Northumberland countryside near Cornhill-on-Tweed, Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes, Lucy and Anthony Carroll and their team work hard to grow harvest, pack and distribute around 17 varieties of potatoes specialising is growing potatoes with the qualities we all want – excellent flavours, textures, colours, shapes as well as adding a taste of history.
Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes was launched 10 years ago after Anthony and Lucy Carroll, having grown older potato varieties in their garden, began experimenting commercially and the business was born. Now the family run business supplies heritage varieties to some of the nation’s top chefs and premium restaurants. They have a real passion for the varieties they grown even the ones that are difficult to grow and harvest including Yukon Gold which can have a low yield compared to varieties such as Maris Piper. So it’s not all about the economic potential when Carroll’s choose which potatoes to grow.
For more information about Carroll’s Heritage potatoes visit www.heritage-potatoes.co.uk.