Last week Cranstons presented Farm Supplier of the Year awards to two Cumbrian farm suppliers. Wigton farmer George Harrison and Mark Wills of Fawcett Farm, Dufton in the Eden Valley both received Cranstons Supplier of the Year Awards for their supply of prime quality Cumbrian lambs. Roger Cranston, operations director visited the farms to present the awards.
Cranstons Farm Supplier Awards recognise stockmen and women who have consistently supplied Cranstons with top quality local livestock helping Cranstons maintain their reputation for quality. The awards also aim to highlight Cumbria’s continuing reputation for producing excellent livestock.
Cranstons stock their four local produce Food Halls and two traditional butcher’s shops with locally sourced meat. Roger Cranston buys beef, pork and lamb direct from a handful of tried and trusted farms and through two Cumbrian auction marts, Hopes of Wigton and Penrith and District Farmers Mart.
Operations Director Roger Cranston says, "We began sourcing sheep and cattle through Wigton Mart so that we could offer customers at our new food halls at Orton Grange and Brampton and our existing food hall in Carlisle more North Cumbrian reared livestock. George produces exceptional quality lambs so we regularly buy from him through Wigton Mart. We also buy high quality livestock from Mark, through Penrith Auction Mart"
Roger explained:"We aim to buy the best lambs in the market buying predominantly texel crosses which give us a great quality carcass. Cranstons then have full control of the quality from the auction onwards. We use the family run Blackbrow abattoir at Wigton hang our meat in purpose built chillers ‘in house’ before our master butchers prepare it using traditional butchery craft skills"
George, who farms at Howrigg Farm near Westnewton, has supplied Cranstons with Texel Cross Sheep since the firm began sourcing them through Hopes Auction Mart at Wigton last Summer. He says, "It’s great to supply a Cumbrian family-run business so well-known for quality produce."
Mark, who farms at Fawcett Park at the foot of the Northern Pennines said: "It's great to supply a local family-run business, which is well known for high quality produce. It's good to have our hard work and recognised by Cranstons."
In addition to buying local meat the company sells complimentary food and drink sourced from over forty Cumbrian suppliers at its four Cumbrian produce Food Halls- Cranstons Brampton Food Hall the company’s newest Food Hall opened in February 2016.