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Food and Farming Awards 2010

June 29th, 2010

The Food and Farming Awards 2010 are now accepting nominations.  With awards in categories such as Best Food Market, Best Food Producer, BBC Farmer of the Year and several others, why not nominate a business or person you feel deserves the accolade.

Follow the link below to find out more and nominate your favourites:

Nominations close at midnight on 15th August 2010.


Get your Scottish Soft Fruit now!

June 18th, 2010

Our Soft Fruit chair Peter Thomson has told the Herald today that strawberries will soon be in full swing, some early Scottish rasps are already for sale, and the newer crops of brambles and blueberries will be on their way shortly:

“We have got off to a slow start but the good news for fans of Scottish soft fruit is that things will soon be in full swing for strawberries, raspberries and the host of other fruit now being grown on Scottish farms.

“Strawberries that were well protected through the winter have arrived on time, but the main season fruit has been delayed due to the cold weather in both winter and spring. It is now really getting going and the prospects are good for a good year. As always, the season will depend on the weather, and the recent sunny weather has given an early boost to sales.

“The raspberry season will follow much the same pattern with some early Scottish fruit already for sale, but the main crop may be a bit later than usual. This will be followed by the newer crops in Scotland, blackberries and blueberries where larger crops than  in the past are expected.

“With all the Scottish crops now hitting the shelves, the customer can expect the extra flavour that makes Scottish soft fruit such a treat.”

For best results, eat with cream and Wimbledon.


Seasonal calendars

June 10th, 2010

Our new seasonal calendars are now available for you to download.  On the reverse of the calendars there are six simple recipes, provided by some of our farming members, for you to try at home.  If you are planning an event, or would like to promote Scottish produce in any other way by making use of the calendars, please contact myself at wendy.fleming@nfus.org.uk for copies to be sent out via post.

Celebrate Red Tractor Week

June 9th, 2010

Next Monday sees the start of Red Tractor week (14 – 20 June) which is celebrating 10 years of the logo which helps shoppers identify quality assured food and drink.  Produce that shows the Red Tractor logo meets strict standards of food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare, with a guarantee of origin.

   -   The flag in the Red Tractor logo guarantees the origin of the food.
   -   The Union Jack flag tells you that the product has been farmed and packed in the UK. 
   -   All products that carry the Red Tractor logo can be traced back to the farm they came from with the guarantee that strict standards are being met from farm to pack.

There is lots of activity around the week – with writer and presenter Janet Street Porter fronting the campaign.  Visit www.myredtractor.co.uk for the Red Tractor Week Summer Eating Guide, a guide to the Top Outdoor Eating Spots in the UK, Summer Eating tips and interactive kids’ section.


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