Peter’s food hero honour
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.