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Skipton Stand Pie Supreme at Great Northern Pork Pie Competition 2010

Skipton butcher Farmhouse Fare in High Street reigned victorious in a ‘War of the Roses’ battle to find the best pork pie in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Farmhouse Fare, run by Skipton lady Janet Green – ironically a Lancastrian born in Colne! – landed the supreme champion pork pie accolade with her first prize-winning and best-in-Yorkshire stand pie at the second annual Great Northern Pork Pie competition, staged to coincide with the Christmas prime stock shows and sales at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sun, Nov 28, 2010) For good measure, Farmhouse Fare also won the top prize in the speciality cold eating pie category with its pork and apple speciality cold eating pie. The business was established 35 years ago by Janet’s father Ted Lee, who, at 75, is still involved, though Janet took over in her own right in 2002. The shop has been at 2, High Street, Skipton, for 15 years, with the main kitchen and bakery based in the town’s Cumberland Street.

Mrs Green said: “We’ve always known our pies are extra-special and this proves it. We are over the moon to win the supreme accolade in such a prestigious competition in our home town, more so because the title-winning stand pie was made by my nephew Robert Ogden.

“We have been using the same recipe for our pies for many years – and we didn’t change it in any way for our competition entries. They are exactly the same as the pies that can be bought in our shop on a daily basis.”

Farmhouse Fare pies are made with pork from pigs reared outdoors in the Lake District, which are supplied – again somewhat ironically – from Lancashire by meat wholesalers James Law, of Bacup.

Mrs Green received the Great Northern Pork Pie competition trophy from sponsor Robin Moule, of Skipton-based Moule Media.

The contest was open to both White and Red Rose butchers, along with farm shops and bakers who make pies on their own premises.





                                Supreme Champions Again 2011


Farmhouse Fare champion again at Great Northern Pork Pie Fest 2011

Yorkshire butchers yet again triumphed over their Lancashire counterparts in the third annual Roses ‘battle of the butchers,’ the Great Northern Pork Pie Fest at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sunday, November 27)

White Rose butchers have notched up a hat-trick of supreme championship successes since the contest, which runs alongside the mart’s annual Christmas primestock shows and sales, first began in 2009.

At the latest renewal, Janet Green, of Farmhouse Fare in Skipton High Street, pulled of a supreme and reserve championship double.

The shop retained its 2010 title when landing the champion pie accolade with its first prize speciality cold eating pie  - a pork and apple pie, also chosen as the best pie from Yorkshire. Janet received her trophy from competition sponsor Robin Moule, of Skipton-based PR company Moule Media.

Farmhouse Fare entered all three pork pie classes and only narrowly failed to pull off a clean sweep of the major honours. The shop also presented the first prize and reserve champion stand pie and was runner-up in the traditional pork pie class.

It’s been a productive month in the pork pie competition arena for Farmhouse Fare, which was also a finalist in the large pork pie class at the previous week’s Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition in Bradford, and in the Pork Pie Appreciation Society’s annual competition in Ripponden, Halifax, also held in April.



Farmhouse Fare lands Skipton pork pie championship hat-trick

 Farmhouse Fare in Skipton won its third successive supreme championship at the annual Great Northern Pork Pie Competition, which ran alongside the 2012 Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.

 The business has a bakery in Skipton and a retail shop in the town’s High Street and pulled of a remarkable championship hat-trick with its first prize stand pie, also chosen as the best pie from Yorkshire. Farmhouse Fare’s first prize speciality pork and apple pie was awarded the reserve championship.

 Janet Green, who runs the Skipton shop, was up and about at 5am on the morning of the competition to make and cook the pies to ensure they arrived in peak condition.

 She said: “We have been using the same recipe for our pork pies since day one when we first established the business in 1975. To win the supreme championship for the third consecutive year is a major coup for us and true testimony to the quality of our pies.”

 The fourth annual Roses ‘battle of the butchers’ again saw pie-makers from both sides of the border go head to head in a competition to find who produces the best pork pies.

In fact, all the prizes in the three competition classes fell to entries from Yorkshire butchers, with Bolster Moor Farm Shop at Golcar, Huddersfield, presenting the first prize traditional pork pie, the second and third prize stand pies, and the second prize speciality pork pie.

Farmhouse Fare four-timer at Great Northern pork pie highlight      


There’s no keeping a champion pie-maker down!

 Farmhouse Fare in Skipton won its fourth successive championship at the fifth annual Great Northern Pork Pie Competition, which ran alongside the 2013 Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sun, Dec 1)

 The business, which makes pies at its Skipton bakery and sells them through its own retail shop in the town’s High Street, again clinched the title with its first prize stand pie.

 Farmhouse Fare’s Janet Green was over the moon at the shop’s continuing domination of the annual contest and dedicated the coup in honour of her late father Ted Lee, founder of the business, who died earlier this year. The shop was also runner-up in the speciality pie class and third in a new competition class for sausage rolls.

 The reserve pork pie championship was awarded to the first prize traditional pork pie from Robinsons Farm Shop in Halifax, which was also responsible for the second prize stand pie.

 The speciality pie first prize winner was Lunds Family Butchers in Keighley, which also submitted the third prize traditional pork pie. Runner-up in the same class was Geo Middlemiss & Son, of Otley, which achieved its own first prize success in the Scotch eggs competition class.

 Haighs Farm Shop in Mirfield finished third in the stand pie class, as did J Brindon Addy Butchers, of Hade Edge, Holmfirth, in the speciality pie class. All entries were again judged by a panel of pork pie experts and aficionados.

 Janette Pate, of Gisburn, presented the first prize sausage roll, with Beamsley’s Cathy Cromarty in third place. Two Valleys Fresh Produce in Meltham, Holmfirth, had the second prize Scotch eggs, with Brimham’s Jackie Bradley placed third.

 A standalone competition class for fruit cakes, notably popular among farming ladies, was won by Dorothy Dean, of Threshfield, with Lothersdale’s Margaret Booth finishing runner-up and Judith Throup, of Silsden, third.

 A fodder hay competition was won by the first prize bale of old meadow hay from Starbotton’s Richard Close, while a new competition class for walking sticks and crooks proved extremely popular. The inaugural winner was 70-year-old George Smithson, of Kirkbride, near Wigton in Cumbria, who has been hand-crafting sticks since he was a boy of 12 and has won numerous championships over the years.

 There was again a major charity element to the day, with pork pies, fruit cakes, Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and fodder – all donated by willing participants, plus generous donations by many others - auctioned off in the main ring to a host of enthusiastic bidders. Over £3,000 was raised for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope,



Pic caption 1: Farmhouse Fare’s Janet Green and her nephew Robert Ogden are pictured receiving their champion pork pie accolades from sponsors Robin Moule, left, of Skipton-based PR company Moule Media, and David Hempel, a director of spice merchants TW Laycock in Keighley.