Judge Charlotte Cooper commented: “This is a very locally minded business – the meat comes from the family farm and other local farms, ingredients are all from local firms where possible. There is an appealing farm to fork ethos and a virtue is made of regional recipes and specialities, including Westmorland sausage. In addition, employees are all local people who care about the area, and they are all heavily involved in the business, creating new products etc. The team are constantly looking at ways to increase their business and their role in this Cumbrian community. As well as butchers, Low Howgill offers hot food to take away and outdoor catering and the team also attend farmers markets and events. Butchers these days take education very seriously and this is also the case here – Young Farmers Clubs, schools and groups are welcome to visit both the farm and the shop to learn more about the business and the local produce ethos.
Recognising the hard work, innovation and determination of farming, the awards showcase the achievements of farmers working within the UK agricultural industry.
2018 is the fifth year of the Farm Shop and Deli awards and their success and reputation grows from strength to strength. Recognising the best in class in the specialist independent retail market, they celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in the sector.
Category awards are up for grabs across 13 different specialisms including Butcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Low Howgill Butchers are finalists in the running for both these categories!
We will be attending the awards ceremony on the 16th April in Birmingham.