From county shows to red tractor symbols, we are proud of all the achievements of our business, our products and our people and are pleased to display a selection of them here...
Cheese and Dairy Shows
Perhaps the most satisfying awards we get are when our products are tasted and judged by people who may not even know of us.
It happens each year at County Shows like the Bath and West, the Nantwich Show (home of the International Cheese Awards) and on our home patch at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Our successes in recent years include:
The Great Taste Awards
These awards are held every year and attract around 12,000 entries across all sorts of food and drink categories. An esteemed group of over 500 judges, including chefs, food writers, restaurateurs and others, all taste a selection of products and then award a small number of them a coveted gold star – ranked from three stars to one.
They are seen as the 'Oscars' of the food and drink world and we are pleased our products have been enjoying success at these awards for the last six years.
This is our list after the 2017 awards:
- St Helen's Farm Whole Goats Milk - 2-star
The judges remarked on our milk’s ‘creamy and fresh taste’ and ‘brilliant white’ colour. In respect of these qualities the judges went on to acknowledge ‘this would be good in so many recipes’.
- St Helen's Farm Goats Butter - 2-star
‘[A]n elegant butter’, the judges ‘love[d] it’s creaminess’ and described how it ‘melts in the mouth’.
- St Helen's Farm Natural Live Goats Milk Yogurt - 2-star
The experts were won over by our yogurts ‘zesty citrus profile’ and ‘beautiful consistency’ describing it as ‘utterly lovely!’.
- St Helen's Farm Mature Goats Cheese - 1-star
The judges explained how our cheese ‘is nicely balanced’ and ‘the texture is creamy and crumbly’ they ‘could see this grating well.’.
- St Helen's Farm Goats Milk Ice Cream -Vanilla - 1-star
The judges felt our ice cream was ‘rich and creamy.’ They described it’s ‘[l]ovely vanilla quality. Great length of cream and vanilla notes dancing along the taste buds’.
This year we were especially pleased to be certified as a Great Taste producer, awarded to companies with a proven track record of achieving Great Taste awards for a minimum of three years.
Assured Food Safety and Quality
The image of the Red Tractor is a well known and respected one amongst farmers, producers and consumers.
So we are delighted that our own farms and all of our suppliers are members of this scheme which independently monitors standards of animal welfare, food safety and environmental protection.
In addition, our dairy is also accredited by the SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) food safety standard organisation. This is a body set up to independently set and monitor food producers to ensure they are adhering to legal requirements and operating to agreed industry best practices.