Purton House Organics has won a prestigious Gold Award at the Soil Association’s Organic Food Awards, for its Variety Veg Box, and was runner up in the Best Box Scheme category.
This highly contested category looked at the value, freshness, quality and variety of produce on offer, as well as the ethics and story behind the company itself.
The judges said: "Foodies delight. Excellent variety of seasonal produce. Pot of Greek basil the icing on the cake. Heart-warming commitment to local community and the organic movement as a whole. Worthy gold and close runner up."
Pictured: Rowie with Hardeep (left) and apprentice David (right)
Purton House Organics Farm Manager Rowie Meers commented: “We are delighted with our award, and so pleased that all the team’s hard work and commitment to good, healthy food while respecting the environment is being recognised.
"We are especially pleased to have beaten the large national box schemes in this category, and believe the award proves that local box schemes are better value, with fresher produce and local provenance.”
Winners of this year’s Soil Association Organic Food Awards, supported by Seeds of Change, were announced on 19 September 2013 at a celebration in central London, and awarded by food writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.
The awards showcase the UK’s best organic food produced with passion, creativity and care. Now in their 27th year, the Organic Food Awards blow the trumpet for the best of the best. These are the producers who go the extra mile.
Speaking at the event, Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association said: “This year’s Organic Food Award winners prove there is even more to their products than fantastic taste. Organic food producers champion health, and new solutions to the challenge of caring for people, farm animals and wildlife, while feeding an ever growing population.
"I am thrilled that there were so many entries this year, reflecting recent research showing an overall return to growth in the organic market. The judges were often hard-pressed to make a decision in many categories as the quality was so high.”