Store’s Bakewell tart up for gong

Steve Croot.
Steve Croot.

A Duffield farm shop is celebrating after winning a place in the final of the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015.

Croots Farm Shop’s Bakewell tart was named as one of ten short-listed products in the sweet bake category of the awards, run by Great British Food Magazine.

Owner Steve Croot said: “We are thrilled that our Bakewell tart has been selected as a finalist in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards.

“We receive great feedback from our customers about how much they love our home-produced Bakewell tart, and to be chosen for the shortlist of an award in a national magazine is amazing.

“We sell about 50 Bakewell tarts a week – and the number is growing all the time.

“They’re very popular and it’s really good to be flying the flag for Derbyshire food on the national stage too.”

The shop, based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, opened seven years ago and sells a range of home-produced items, including sausages and meat products, pies, ready meals and flavoured oils.

It has won a wide range of awards for its products, and last year Steve was named as a ‘Derbyshire Food Hero’.

Tom Shingler, deputy editor of Great British Food Magazine, said of the awards: “We had a record-breaking 353 entries from 242 companies, making this the biggest awards yet.

“For us, provenance was a priority.”

Winners of the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015 will be announced on June 29.