Alternative farming project wins award for its turkeys

Food experts gobbled up the turkeys produced by The Inkpot at Scredington.
Food experts gobbled up the turkeys produced by The Inkpot at Scredington.

An alternative farming project has won a National Great Taste Award for its turkeys.

Hannah Thorogood has been developing The Inkpot at Scredington as a green, sustainable and non-intensive form of food production known as permaculture for the last two years.

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2016 and out of 10,000 products to be judged, The Inkpot was awarded a Great Taste award for its traditional British, free range Inkpot turkey.

The judges said: “A beautiful looking bird, nicely proportioned. The aroma suggests it has been hung well. Excellent flavour to the dark meat. All in all a fine eating experience.

“A well reared turkey, the flavour of the meat came through well.”

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is a widely respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Hannah said: “We are delighted that the very high welfare and gentle handling of our animals here at the Inkpot has been recognised through the flavour and quality of the meat.”

“We believe firmly in working with natural solutions to rebuild soil health and fertility, and biodiversity; to work with and support people from all walks of life and to share our knowledge (and mistakes) with anyone who is interested.”

The farm also won first place for its cider, broad beans and salad potatoes at this year’s Heckington Show.