Howard Blackwell from Blackwells Farm House runs both his farm where he produces turkeys to our Golden Turkey standard but also Blackwells Farm shop. Here below, are Howard’s responses to our interview questions…

Which year did you become an accredited Golden Turkey Farmer – and start producing Golden Turkeys for Christmas?

Since 1987

How long have you been a farmer / in farming?

45 years

Do you produce anything else on your farm?

We produce our own Geese, Chickens and Ducks
We also run our own Farm Shop

What do you do in the first 6 months of the year, when not producing turkeys?

We grow crops; wheat and barley
Our first goslings arrive in April.

Have you won any AWARDS for farming, food or your business?

Marrow Fat Peas Cup Winner
Anglian Turkey Association Cup Winners
EssexLife Fine Food & Drink Awards 2011, 2012, 2015
EssexLife Food & Drinks Hero 2015

Apart from selling direct to customers direct – who else do you normally supply Golden Turkeys to?

  • Butchers
  • Farm shops
  • Pubs & Restaurants

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Being out in the open air, enjoying the different seasons and the opportunities they bring to the farm and shop.
Running a variety of businesses, in both retail and wholesale sections.

What or who, inspires you?

Carrying on the family history of farming and my uncle Chris’ inspiration and funny quotes!

What was your first job?

I’ve always been in farming

 What would you be doing, if you weren’t a farmer?

Buying and selling in the City

Tea or Coffee?


Favourite Book or Film?

Book – Bird Song Book

Film – Zulu

Favourite Food?

Roast Dinner

Best way to relax after a stressful day?

A glass of Whiskey whilst watching TV

How has the Corona Virus Pandemic affected your farm life and business?

 Are you planning to offer a nationwide delivery service?

Yes, always have done.


Which social media platforms do you use for your Christmas Turkey business?Which do you prefer?

Facebook : @BlackwellsFarmShop

Instagram : @BlackwellsFarmShop

















Golden Turkey Accreditation

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