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?
How long have you been a farmer / in farming?
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?
- 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
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