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Flourish Produce has been crowned the country’s Best Organic Producer as Velvet discovers.

Flourish Produce, based on a horse-powered Hildersham farm, has been crowned the country’s Best Organic Producer at The Food & Drink Awards. Judged by a committee of industry experts, with backgrounds in every sector from fine dining to street food, the inaugural awards praised the work of 30-year-old Calixta Killander, founder of Flourish, deeming her seed-to-chef operation “one of the finest producers of organic ingredients in the country”.

Supplying Michelin starred kitchens, and selling via speciality grocery store Meadows Cambridge, Calixta and her two French Comtois horses, Bill and Ben, grow vegetables, herbs, salads, fruits and flowers. The horses are, explains Calixta, kinder to the ground than machines, resulting in better soil quality and better crop flavour, too.

Best Organic Produce Award winner Calixta Killander and Rosemary Shrager CREDIT: The Food and Drink Awards/Rachel Kiki (28826627)
Best Organic Produce Award winner Calixta Killander and Rosemary Shrager CREDIT: The Food and Drink Awards/Rachel Kiki (28826627)

In their inaugural year, The Food & Drink Awards were presented last month at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry, recognising the best in a dozen categories, from fish and chip shop to cookery school to most unusual location (the latter won by London’s Dans Le Noir?, where diners eat in total darkness, guided by blind or partially sighted staff).

See thefoodawards.com for a full list of winners. Find out more about Flourish Produce at flourishproduce.co.uk



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