Clock House Farm celebratied success once again at the National Cherry & Soft Fruit Show, after scooping a raft of awards for its raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. The wins included two first prizes in the Supermarket Packs; earning the Pask Cornish & Smart Cup and prestigious title for Best Exhibit of Raspberries (Driscoll’s Reyna)* and scooping first prize for blackberries with Driscoll’s Victoria. The farm also took first position for raspberries in the Primo Cane Variety Class.
In addition, in the Supermarket Class, Clock House Farm was awarded second place for One Single Layer Case raspberries, its strawberries (Driscoll’s Zara) were Highly Commended, and its blackberries (Driscoll’s Victoria*) were Highly Commended in the Sweeter Eating Variety class. In the Taste of Kent the farm took third place with its strawberries (Driscoll’s Zara).
Judges at the event, which is held annually to showcase the best and award-winning soft and stone fruit produced by commercial growers across the UK, said they were impressed with the range and high standard of the fruit in this year’s show.
In fact, the winning fruit is deemed fit for the King! The Show’s organisers are sending a selection of the award-winning fruit, including Clock House Farm’s Driscoll’s Reyna raspberries to Buckingham Palace, namely the King and Queen and Prince William and Princess Kate and family.
Commenting after the event, Oli Pascall, managing director of Clock House Farm said: “We are delighted with the results – especially in view of the challenging commercial conditions of the last year – and consider they speak volumes for the farm’s dedication and focus on growing strategies to deliver high quality produce. We believe our award-winning Driscoll’s Reyna raspberry is set to take the industry by storm due to its unsurpassed flavour and appealing shelf life. Our aim has always been to deliver exceptional premium fruit to the UK’s leading retailers whilst, at the same time, taking our responsibilities as custodians of the landscape seriously, in creating efficient, environmentally-responsible growing conditions. These wins would not have been possible without all the hard work of the whole team at Clock House Farm.”
All three Driscoll’s varieties (Reyna, Zara, and Victoria) are already award-winning varieties after they received the highest possible three-star rating and rating them as ‘exceptional products at the Super Taste Awards* earlier this year, organised by the International Taste Institute.
At last year’s show Clock House Farm won Best Supermarket Class for Raspberries and Best Supermarket Class for Blackberries.