Peter’s food hero hon­our

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A WEST Lan­cashire farmer has been named as Lan­cashire Life Food Hero Of The Year.

The hon­our went to Peter Ascroft, a cau­li­flower and beet­root grower of H&P Ascroft, based at Wor­thing­ton’s Farm in Tar­leton.

The awards were held at the Dunkenhlagh Ho­tel & Spa in Blackburn on Mon­day (Oc­to­ber 17).

Lili­bets on Lord Street in South­port was Highly Com­mended in the Tea Room/Cafe cat­e­gory, while Choc Amor on Church Road in Tar­leton was Highly Com­mended in the In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer of the Year sec­tion.

Peter sup­plies his pro­duce to a num­ber of lo­cal sup­pli­ers, in­clud­ing Booths su­per­mar­kets.

“A lot of the time men think they can’t un­der­stand women’s needs. Women are easy com­pared to cauliflow­ers,” joked Peter.

Peter has been growing caulis for Booths for 15 years at Wor­thing­ton’s Farm.

The va­garies of the crop are all-con- sum­ing. Peter’s fa­ther was plant­ing cauliflow­ers in his fields in Tar­leton when he was born, and trag­i­cally died out there, too.

“When you’re a man of the land you’re a man of the land,” said Peter. “It’s not just a job, it be­comes a part of you. I grow my cauliflow­ers with every­thing I’ve got.”

The re­sult of this ded­i­ca­tion is a de­li­cious crop which not ev­ery­one can achieve.

“If you talk to am­a­teur gar­den­ers they’ll say they can grow cour­gettes and cab­bages but they can’t grow cauliflow­ers,” Peter added.

“They don’t like it too hot and they don’t like it too cold.

“They do like a full moon, though, that gen­er­ally brings them up!”

In sum­mer, when the curds are white and ready for har­vest, Peter eats his fill.

He said: “I eat one raw in the morn­ing when we’re cut­ting and one for my tea at night, with ei­ther cheese sauce on or a bit of gravy.”

Look out for full cov­er­age in the De­cem­ber 2016 is­sue of Lan­cashire Life.

Paul Williams, owner of Choc Amor in Tar­leton

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