Teesdales win Farmers Markets supreme award

Andrew and Joanne Teesdale delighted.

Andrew and Joanne Teesdale delighted.

The George Wilson plums from Teesdale Orchard took out the overall supreme award in the Farmers Markets NZ summer food awards. From left: Andrew Teesdale, John Scott, Joanne Teesdale and grandson George Webb. Picture by Paul Rickard

Back Ormond Road orchardists Andrew and Joanne Teesdale were delighted after their George Wilson plums took out the supreme award in the Farmers Markets New Zealand (FMNZ) summer food awards.

There were entries from around the country and competition organisers said the quality was high.

“Joanne and I are certainly pleased to win our sections again and prouder still to win the overall award for the first time.”

They have been section winners for the past five years.

“A lot of our success is due to the fact we leave our fruit on the tree to ripen properly.

“You cannot beat tree-ripened fruit. It’s got the flavour in it.”

Judges were asked to look at each entrant’s product, taste every item, give feedback and allocate points.

At the completion of this whole process, the judges were then asked to select an overall winner.

“Due to the high quality of the produce entered, the judging process was difficult with the produce very even in quality,” said FMNZ chair Maggie Asplet.

“In the end, a standout comment by one of them summed up how they felt about the overall winner — Shut the gate, take my money. I could eat these all day long.”

The judges said the Teesdale’s plums had an amazing colour and a nice balance of tart and sweetness.

Gisborne category results

Pip fruit:- Runner Up — Bruce Estate (Geoff and Raewyn Meade), Hosui nashi. Highly Commended — Bruce Estate, Kosui nashi.

Berries: Winner – Sunrise Orchard and Irises (Garry Griffin), Blackberries. Runner Up – Glenhaven Vineyard (Wayne and Lynne Norris), New York Muscat table grapes. Highly commended – Hill Road Orchard (Matt and Cath Carter), Blueberries.

Stone fruit: Winner — Teesdale Orchard (Andrew and Joanne Teesdale), — George Wilson plums. Highly Commended — Teesdale Orchard Golden Queen peaches.

Melons: Winner — MPV Produce (Phil Spence), Ice Box yellow watermelon. Runner up — MPV Produce, Canon Ball red watermelon.

Citrus: Winner — Sunrise Orchard and Irises, Gisborne late navel. Runner up — Hill Road Orchard, Valencia Oranges. Runner up — Sunrise Orchard and Irises, meyer lemons.

Dirt off the Roots: Joint runners up — HandPicked (Emma van Berkel), Gisborne — Micro greens salad mix and Teesdale Orchard — Beefsteak tomatoes. Highly Commended: Teesdale Orchard – Sweet corn.

Free-range eggs: Joint winner – Renie’s and Goosey’s Kitchen (Ann Davis), Gisborne – Shaver hens.

Joint runners up – Sunrise Orchard and Irises, Ross Brown hens, and Manurau Gamebird Products (Joyce Lloyd), Quail eggs.

Overall winner — Andrew and Joanne Teesdale.

Back Ormond Road orchardists Andrew and Joanne Teesdale were delighted after their George Wilson plums took out the supreme award in the Farmers Markets New Zealand (FMNZ) summer food awards.

There were entries from around the country and competition organisers said the quality was high.

“Joanne and I are certainly pleased to win our sections again and prouder still to win the overall award for the first time.”

They have been section winners for the past five years.

“A lot of our success is due to the fact we leave our fruit on the tree to ripen properly.

“You cannot beat tree-ripened fruit. It’s got the flavour in it.”

Judges were asked to look at each entrant’s product, taste every item, give feedback and allocate points.

At the completion of this whole process, the judges were then asked to select an overall winner.

“Due to the high quality of the produce entered, the judging process was difficult with the produce very even in quality,” said FMNZ chair Maggie Asplet.

“In the end, a standout comment by one of them summed up how they felt about the overall winner — Shut the gate, take my money. I could eat these all day long.”

The judges said the Teesdale’s plums had an amazing colour and a nice balance of tart and sweetness.

Gisborne category results

Pip fruit:- Runner Up — Bruce Estate (Geoff and Raewyn Meade), Hosui nashi. Highly Commended — Bruce Estate, Kosui nashi.

Berries: Winner – Sunrise Orchard and Irises (Garry Griffin), Blackberries. Runner Up – Glenhaven Vineyard (Wayne and Lynne Norris), New York Muscat table grapes. Highly commended – Hill Road Orchard (Matt and Cath Carter), Blueberries.

Stone fruit: Winner — Teesdale Orchard (Andrew and Joanne Teesdale), — George Wilson plums. Highly Commended — Teesdale Orchard Golden Queen peaches.

Melons: Winner — MPV Produce (Phil Spence), Ice Box yellow watermelon. Runner up — MPV Produce, Canon Ball red watermelon.

Citrus: Winner — Sunrise Orchard and Irises, Gisborne late navel. Runner up — Hill Road Orchard, Valencia Oranges. Runner up — Sunrise Orchard and Irises, meyer lemons.

Dirt off the Roots: Joint runners up — HandPicked (Emma van Berkel), Gisborne — Micro greens salad mix and Teesdale Orchard — Beefsteak tomatoes. Highly Commended: Teesdale Orchard – Sweet corn.

Free-range eggs: Joint winner – Renie’s and Goosey’s Kitchen (Ann Davis), Gisborne – Shaver hens.

Joint runners up – Sunrise Orchard and Irises, Ross Brown hens, and Manurau Gamebird Products (Joyce Lloyd), Quail eggs.

Overall winner — Andrew and Joanne Teesdale.

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