Brown Cow Organics meets HRH The Prince of Wales at Start Living Advice Centre Opening, Bristol
PUBLISHED: 12:23 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 20 February 2013
Judith Freane, owner of Brown Cow Organics in Pilton was honoured to be invited to meet HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, along with a select number of organisations.
Judith Freane, owner of Brown Cow Organics in Pilton was honoured to be invited to meet HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, along with a select number of organisations at the opening of the Start Living Advice Centre, located in Cabot Circus, Bristol on the 7th September.
Start (www.startuk.org) is a national initiative by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living and practices; from ethicalbusiness to fair farming, social justice to rainforest protection. The Cabot Circus Centre opening began a tour of ten different locations throughout Britain, to celebrate sustainable community living.
Brown Cow Organics - local Pilton producer of Organic Beef, Organic Artisan Yogurt and Cow Hide luggage, bags and accessories - were there representing organic farming, sustainable food production and as a major participant at the Organic Food Festival.
During the meeting Judith spoke about the Brown Cow Organics business, its sustainability ethos and achievements. The Prince of Wales discussed the challenges of organic farming with Judith in the Community Room at the Advice Centre and was delighted to be able to taste the produce and said of the Vanilla yoghurt he sampled "That really is quite magnificent yoghurt", The Duchess of Cornwall expressed a view that her son Tom Parker Bowles should and would be told about the quality of produce from Brown Cow Organics after she had declared the same yoghurt as "absolutely delicious!"
Judith also joined Mr Philip Lowrey (Founder and Director of Real Food Festivals Ltd) to announce the final line-up of the Organic Food Festival held last weekend (11th/12th September), Brown Cow Organics were one of the largest participants at the Festival, and they also won Four Awards at the Organic Food Awards announced at the Organic Food Festival thats a total of Eleven Awards this year so far!
Organic Beef and yoghurt producer Brown Cow Organics, based in Pilton nr Shepton Mallet,were awarded four golds at the Great Taste 2010 Awards in July for their organic beef.
Brown Cow Organics are no strangers to awards; this year alone they have already won Gold & Silver at the Bath & West Show in June for their yoghurts, plus another award for their organic beef in the Taste of Somerset Awards.
Every good product has to have a good story to tell and the Brown Cow story is no disappointment; offered a paltry sum for a pure bred Guernsey male in the 1990s owners Judith and Clive Freane decided to keep the meat for their our own use instead, Judith Freane takes up the story.............
We gave some of the beef to friends and the overall response was that we had produced some very tasty beef indeed. So at the Organic Food Awards 2001 we entered a piece of our cross bred beef (Guernsey dairy cow Mother and Beef Bull Father) and against stiff and well established competition we won! One of the judges was David Lidgate of Lidgate Organic Butchers London who rang after judging the awards to say he considered our beef some of the finest that he had ever tasted and was frankly astonished that something so good could be produced from a dairy breed. We started supplying his quality establishment (Highrove and Gatcombe Park also supply Lidgates) and that relationship continues to this day.
In maintaining the consistent quality of their organic beef its essential they hang and butcher their meat on site Judith says. Starting with a butchery unit on one of their farms, in 2006 they converted a disused milking parlour at Perridge Farm (the home of Brown Cow Organics) into the on- site butchery. Apparently the conversion looked so good they converted another barn into premises for making their Brown Cow and famous River Cottage yoghurt - great hindsight as their production is increasing at an alarming rate!
On winning yet another award Judith says We are very proud that our Beef is consistently recognised for the quality product it is; these awards give a real seal of quality and excellence and shows our customers they can trust unequivocally in Brown Cow Organics produce, it makes all the hard work and dedication worthwhile
You can order Brown Cow Organics Beef online and purchase at local farmers markets details of everything on their website.www.browncoworganics.co.uk.