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‘STAND OF THE SHOW’ FARMING SUCCESS STORY
Written: 27 August 2014
The Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink ‘Stand of the Show 2014’ winner Partridge Farm continues to go from strength to strength with award winning produce from their very own slow-grown animals reared outdoors on their 75 acres.
One of Exeter Food Festival’s ‘Fresh at the Festival’ exhibitors 2013, husband and wife team Duncan and Hannah are enjoying hard won success and recognition. Managing and working their farm near Tiverton themselves, aided in part by their two young sons – ‘little farmers in the making’ - the couple have embraced a lifestyle that runs in their blood.
Both from farming and food families, Duncan and Hannah’s passion for their venture, now in its fifth year, is evident with heritage and hard work central to the couple’s ethos. ‘As Hannah explains: ‘Our approach is based on authenticity, taste and traditional farming values. Partridge Farm’s Large Black and Saddleback pigs and other rare and traditional breed livestock including pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle are reared the natural way, fed on homegrown and milled barley as well as top quality grass from our own pastures in mid Devon.’
This might all sound standard for many of today’s producers dedicated to the re-emergence of slow reared meats and keeping things local but at Partridge Farm Hannah and Duncan have gone one step further and brought the butchering, curing and air drying back ‘in house’. The proof is in the pudding – literally in the case of Partridge Farm’s very own black puddings! The awards proudly featured on their website speak for themselves; the produce Hannah and Duncan capture in their meats is truly flavoursome, mouthwatering and juicy.
In addition to their ‘Stand of the Show’ win, Partridge Farm has received many accolades from other prestigious organisations including Taste of the West, Food & Drink Devon and Countryside Alliance awards.
Partridge Farm meats may be ordered from the online shop or bought from a selection of local outlets all listed on their website.