Clarke’s the pick of the bunch for their straw­berry jam!

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

IT’S been a bumper crop in many ways this year for Clarke’s Fresh Fruit from Sta­mullen, who have just won a bronze medal at the 2020 Blas na hEire­ann Ir­ish Food Awards for its straw­berry jam. THE fam­ily farm, cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary this year, was one of ten Co Meath food sup­pli­ers nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious na­tional awards.

‘We were de­lighted when we heard that we had been nom­i­nated and even more thrilled to win the bronze medal af­ter such a chal­leng­ing year,’ said Master Straw­berry Grower Pat Clarke, owner and di­rec­tor of Clarke’s Fresh Fruit (be­low).

‘In 2018, we won two silver medals at the Blas awards for our rasp­berry jam and straw­berry jam with no added sugar, and we con­grat­u­late all our fel­low nom­i­nees and win­ners, and ev­ery­one whose hard work was recog­nised by the judges.’

Their goal, as al­ways, is the on­go­ing pro­vi­sion of whole­some qual­ity fruit.

‘Our pro­duce is Bord Bia Qual­ity As­sured through strict au­dit­ing and we are proud mem­bers of their Ori­gin Green sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gramme, adds Pat. ‘ The rep­utable firm Fol­láin in Mac­room, Co Cork have been mak­ing our straw­berry, rasp­berry and black­berry jams for al­most a decade, and only from whole­some fruit grown on the fam­ily farm.’

Now in its 13th year, the Blas na hEire­ann Ir­ish Food Awards is the big­gest blind tast­ing com­pe­ti­tion for qual­ity Ir­ish pro­duce in Ire­land.

More than 2,500 prod­ucts were en­tered into the 2020 com­pe­ti­tion in a broad range of food and drink cat­e­gories.

Clarke’s straw­ber­ries are all har­vested with a unique pick­ing method that pre­serves the in­tegrity and fresh­ness of the fruit.

In 2010, Clarke’s picked up a Bord Bia Grower of the Year award and in 2000, won an FBD Fam­ily Farm of the Mil­len­nium Award which hon­oured farms com­mit­ted to safe, en­ter­pris­ing and ef­fi­cient prac­tices.

They em­ploy more than 170 peo­ple and is one of the largest sup­pli­ers of fresh fruit to the Ir­ish gro­cery mar­ket, with their pro­duce ap­pear­ing on the shelves of most ma­jor re­tail­ers na­tion­wide

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