STRAWBERRY FIELDS DONATES ORGANIC VEGETABLE BOXES TO COMMUNITY EVENT

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Competition winners from Boston Town Team’s first community event came together to collect their prizes with Jenny Elwick, Boston Area Chamber’s Network Development Officer.

Judi Kay won the organic vegetable boxes, which were kindly donated by Select Lincolnshire for Food member Strawberry Fields organic farmers, near Stickney.

Judi scooped the prize by successfully milking the most from a mechanical cow at Boston Town’s Team’s Food for Thought event in February.

Upon receiving the prize, Judi kindly donated it onto to the Salvation Army. The donation was a sign of thanks, in return for the Salvation Army’s recent support of new Christmas toys offered to the charity that Judi works for.

Judi, who is the Home Start Boston Manager, has her own allotment and fully appreciates the benefit of good local produce, so much so that she wanted to share her prize and give something back to the local community, who in some cases are unemployed, homeless and in need through the Thursday lunch that’s offered by the Salvation Army.

Trinette Homes (pictured) cooks the three course meal for up to 60 people every week, as well as turning her hand to cooks for many other special occasions. Those wishing to go along for lunch must contact the Salvation Army on 01205 359232 first.

Trinette Homes said: “The food boxes are very much appreciated and will go a long way”’.

Judi was spurred on to win the competition following her sister’s attempt at milking the mechanical cow.

Other winners included Martyn Moses, who also collected his Nutri Blender prize from Boston Area Chamber Network Development Officer Jenny Elwick. Martyn entered a free prize draw and will be putting the blender to good use as he is planning to make his own healthy soups.

The Food for Thought event was the first to be arranged by Boston Town Town, and following its success there are hope to arrange more in the future.

Those wishing to go along for lunch must contact the Salvation Army on 01205 359232 first.

Picture caption:

L_R: Major Sarah Price, Trinette Homes – Cook (volunteer) at The Salvation Army in Boston, Judi Kay – winner of the milking mechanical cow competition, Jody Raggo – Boston Town Team Board Member, LCVS

 

CO-OP GETS QUIZZICAL FOR LINCOLNSHIRE DAY

Lincs-day-quiz-webBrainboxes will have a chance to prove their smarts on October 1st at the Big Lincolnshire Quiz Night.

Lincolnshire Co-op will be celebrating Lincolnshire Day and what’s great about the county with the ultimate test of local knowledge.

Quizzes will run simultaneously at four locations; the Drill Hall in Lincoln; the Admiral Rodney Hotel in Horncastle; the Solo Club in Sleaford and Gainsborough Old Hall.

Local celebrity Colin McFarlane is best known as the voice of The Cube, ITV’s popular Saturday night game show – and in his latest high-profile role he’ll be acting as virtual quizmaster for the Big Lincolnshire Quiz Night.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Member Engagement Manager Richard Whittaker said: “We’re over the moon to have Colin on board, I think having him as our virtual quizmaster will really add some excitement to the night.”

People who are passionate about their local area will have an advantage as the quiz will have a Lincolnshire twist – subjects will include food, history and people.

“We’ll be testing what people know about where they live,” Richard said, “It’s going to be a really fun evening and a great way to celebrate everything that’s great about our county.”

People can get a ticket to any of the events for £3, while they’ll be available to dividend card holders for just £2. The price includes entry as well as a drink on arrival and refreshments during a half-time break that have been sourced locally.

There are vouchers up for grabs for the teams who know the most about yellowbelly life at each of the four events. At the end of the night one team will be crowned the overall winner with each member of bagging a copy of the Lincoln Monopoly board game.

Places at the events must be booked in advance and competitors can either sign up as a team, or register individually to be assigned a team.

It’s not the only way the Society will be celebrating Lincolnshire Day, with food stores also offering a sampling of local produce, a flag game to win Lincolnshire treats and a prize draw for members to win a Batemans Brewery experience break.

Customers can get involved in the fun between 2pm and 6pm in all Lincolnshire Co-op food stores.

Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies and travel branches will be getting involved too, selling Lincolnshire crossword sheets for 50p, all proceeds of which will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.

The latest news at Uncle Henry’s

The award winning Farm Shop, Butchery and Café based in the Lincolnshire countryside, and showcases the best in local and regional food and drink. Winners of over 100 industry awards, the family run business continues to go from strength to strength every year.

We caught up with Emma Ward, General Manager (and the next generation of the family learning the ropes), to hear all about the latest happenings at Uncle Henry’s.

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The Butchery:

The Uncle Henry’s butchery team is headed up by Jack Reeves who trained at Uncle Henry’s as a butchery apprentice prior to going to University. After successfully completing his degree and working in the butchery trade in London, Jack has now returned to Uncle Henry’s to manage the department.

Speaking about his return to the business, Emma Ward (General Manager) said ‘We’re really pleased to welcome Jack back to our family business. He is really passionate about our products and is not only a highly skilled butcher but is also a keen cook so can offer our customer loads of tips and advice. Jack is also really talented in product development so there are lots of exciting new products in the pipeline for the Uncle Henry’s butchery counter’.

Uncle Henry’s traditional butchery is focused on providing customers great quality locally sourced meat which is fully traceable back to farm. All of their pork is home reared, their Lincoln Red beef is supplied by Michael Reed’s farm in Hemingby and lamb from Wrights in Boston. Their speciality is their Lincolnshire sausage for which they won Britain’s Best Sausage Award on the BBC One Show last year.

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Open Farm Sunday:

On Sunday 7th June 2015, Uncle Henry’s Open Farm Sunday attracted over 3,500 visitors from across the county to learn more about the farm and how their food is produced. The free event raised over £3,500 for Brigg Rotary and their chosen charities and Grayingham Church.

The day at Uncle Henry’s ran from 10am-4pm and the farm to fork experience included attractions such as the ABN Animal Discovery Zone featuring Lincoln Longwool Sheep, hatching chicks and Daisy the milking cow and the Farm Machinery Zone where the combine harvester and tractors were on display. This led on to the Lincolnshire Market area where Uncle Henry’s food heroes educated visitors on how the farms raw materials are processed into delicious food products. Market stalls included Ownsworth’s rapeseed oils, Grafters Brewery, Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese and Uncle Henry’s own award winning sausages. There were also bread making demonstrations and pork cookery by Ladies in Pigs.

Highlights included tractor and trailer rides around the farm and the day’s activities in the main ring which included a Birds of Prey display, Gun Dog demonstration and a Mascot Race with entrants from Brigg Rotary Club, Ladies in Pigs with Priscilla, LIVES with their new mascot Dexter, and Scunthorpe United’s Scunny Bunny who won the race after Priscilla the Pig cheated!

Emma Ward, General Manager at Uncle Henry’s said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many visitors to our farm on Sunday to learn about what goes on behind the scenes here at Uncle Henry’s and more about how their food products are produced. It was great to see so many families enjoying the day’s activities.”

Save the date for next year’s Open Farm Sunday: Sunday 5th June 2016