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Apple Syrup wins Gold Star in the 2018 Great Taste Awards

Wow, we did it! This year for the first time we entered The Great Taste Awards, nervously submitting our Apple Syrup to a blind tasting by some of the most highly regarded foodies in the country. There were over 12,600 entries this year, and there’s no set allocation of awards – if you’re good enough you get a gold star, if you’re not, you don’t. It’s that simple.
 
We’re delighted to announce that the Apple Syrup has been awarded a Gold Star! That means it was judged as ‘extraordinarily tasty’.
 
The Judges said, ‘Deep apple flavour settles into a dried fruit datey, raisiny sweetness. Good balance of sweet sour tang, would work in a dressing as well as the sweet suggestions’ and ‘Lovely colour and consistency. The massive hit of sweetness comes from the reduction of the apples’ and ‘A sticky and dark syrup with a toffee apple flavour’.
1 August 2018

Porter’s Perfection Vodka is now clearly different – but Porter's-Perfection-Vodka_ljust the same

Press release – for immediate release 27/7/2018

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It’s clear – we’ve taken out something from Porter’s Perfection Vodka – but not the taste

Liberty Fields, the West Dorset artisan food and drinks producer, have been working on streamlining their production methods in order to meet demand for Porter’s Perfection Vodka – and it’s had a very clear result.

Vicky Morland, Liberty Fields Marketing Director, says

‘Our vodka is now clearly different – but it’s exactly the same. Our recipe and the taste haven’t changed, only the production method. We still use the heritage apple, Porter’s Perfection, which grows in our West Dorset orchards, as its delicate flavour results in a beautifully subtle, smooth vodka, ideal for sipping over ice or mixed in cocktails. We distill this with British wheat grain spirit, local spring water and just a couple of botanicals. We’ve been so impressed with the unique taste that this apple gives to our vodka, that this year we’ve grafted 24 Porter’s Perfection trees to increase the stock of them – it’s a rare local variety and using them in our vodka helps ensure their future.’

Porter’s Perfection Vodka is available from good independent wine shops, delis and farmshops across the South of England, and from Nectar Imports, Diverse Fine Food and The Cress Co. See http://www.libertyfields.co.uk for stockists and for more information.

If you want to try Porter’s Perfection Vodka and see what you think, Liberty Fields will be exhibiting at The Dorset Festival of Food & Arts at Poundbury on 4 August, The Melplash Show in Bridport on 23 August, and the Sturminster Cheese Festival on 8 and 9 September.

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For more information contact Vicky Morland at Liberty Fields, 01935 892430 or libertyorchards@gmail.com

 

Liberty Fields now distributed by The Cress Co – 1 July 2018

We are very pleased to announce that the full range of Liberty Fields products is now available from  The Cress Co, one of the largest distributors covering the vast majority of the UK. Their Christmas catalogue is now available online, with minimum orders of only £125 to avoid carriage.

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Like many people, we’ve been looking at the amount of plastic we use in our business and trying to work out the best way to reduce it. We’re looking at a number of different ways of tasting our products at shows and in shops, as well as thinking about ways in which we can encourage customers not to want plastic bags when they purchase.

Our first change is that we have sourced new tops for our bottles. Currently most of them are cork, with a plastic top, but we are now swapping (whenever possible) to cork with a wooden top.  It’s a small step but hopefully only the first of many.

Dessert Cider from Liberty Fields – 12 April 2018

We’re really proud of Liberty Fields Apple Aperitif. At shows and tastings, it’s nearly always our most popular product – people love the unique taste, the fact that it’s made purely from Dorset apples, as well as its versatility, especially when they learn that you can drink it neat or mix to make a longer drink.

However, over the last couple of years, we’ve received a lot of feedback from shops and customers saying that they find the name confusing. Sometimes people don’t know an apertif is, when to drink it or what to do with it.

We want to make it easier for everyone to enjoy it so we’ve taken the decision to change the name to

Liberty Fields Dessert Cider

This – we hope – clarifies that it’s something which is a brilliant accompaniment to puddings, cake or mince pies, or a plate of cheese (as well as a drink that you can combine with spirits, prosecco or mixers to make a longer drink). And it’s only 7% alcohol too.

It’s the same product that customers love when they try it, it’s made in the exact same way, the packaging is exactly the same – it’s just the name that’s changed!

We’re currently making the 2016 Vintage (that’s using apples picked in Autumn 2016, gradually heated to concentrate the flavour and sweetness, then slowly aged in barrels for an extra depth of flavour) so this seemed the perfect time to launch our new name.

 

Wassail!
We held our first community Wassail on Sunday 22 January 2017, and we were so pleased by the response and the turnout. With a competition for the best decorated hat, song and music provided by the Ridgeway Singers, a fabulous warm punch created  by Lloyd Brown, bonfire and a rocket, we did our best to drive the evils spirits out of the orchard and to help this year’s harvest. Some great coverage of our first Wassail (January 2017) in our local media, including the Blackmore Vale and Dorset Echo.

http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/liberty-fields-celebrates-first-successful-community-wassail/story-30079226-detail/story.html

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15049935.PICTURES__Quirky_ceremony_to_awake_the_apple_trees_comes_to_Dorset_countryside/

Liberty Fields wins BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award
14 October 2015

Liberty Fields, who make unique apple-based products on a farm in West Dorset, has been judged to be ‘one of the most deserving small independent food businesses in the country’ by the BBC Good Food Show. They have been awarded one of the highly coveted Producers Bursary Awards and will now be exhibiting free of charge at the BBC Good Food Show at Olympia in London from 13-15 November. London Bursary

Vicky Morland of Liberty Fields said, ‘We are incredibly pleased to have been selected as one of only 24 producers in the country for this Award. We’ve had a lot of fantastic support locally from retailers and shoppers, but are thrilled to have the opportunity to take our Apple Balsamic Vinegar and Apple Aperitif to a much wider market. As a new business we’ve been looking at ways to reach more people but have been constrained by our budget, so The BBC Good Food Show in London is the perfect opportunity to show food lovers what we do and tell them our story.’

All entries to the Bursary Scheme are tasted at the BBC Good Food Test Kitchens by a team of experts, including Barney Desmazery, Food Editor BBC Good Food, Holly Brooke-Smith, Staff Writer BBC Good Food Magazine, Miriam Nice, Food Writer and Katy Truss, artisan food specialist for the BBC Good Food Shows. This year there were hundreds of entries to the Scheme, all of a very high standard, showcasing the great range of food and drink producers in the UK.

Katy said, ‘The judges were all eager to open up the bottles of Liberty Fields Apple Balsamic and Aperitif and what we discovered inside certainly lived up to expectations. We all loved the products and at the end of the judging session we were all keen to take home the left overs!’

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