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Rasen creams it at Great Yorkshire Show

Helen Haigh with the blueberry ice cream that scooped gold at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Helen Haigh with the blueberry ice cream that scooped gold at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Willingham Fayre won gold, silver and two bronze for its ice creams at the Great Yorkshire Show this month.

Blueberry Shortcake was winner in the ice cream fruit flavours category and Lemon Cream Dreams took silver in the any ice cream, any flavour category.

Owners Helen and Alan Haigh also took bronzes in ice cream fruit flavours and non-fruit flavours.

The couple have been dairy farmers all their lives, with the last 20 at their current farm in North Willingham.

Ten years ago they opened the ice cream parlour, which also serves meals and has become a popular stop-off on the A631 east of Market Rasen.

Helen produces 36 flavours, but only has room for 18 in her freezer cabinet.

She submits entries at the Great Yorkshire Show every year and has twice won its championship.

“It’s because it’s made in Lincolnshire from wonderful Lincolnshire milk,” she says of her success.

The milk comes from nearby Cote Hill Farm, which keeps 70 Friesen, Holstein and Red Poll cattle and is famous for making the only soft cheese in Lincolnshire.

Cote Hill Farm also won gold for its Cote Hill Blue in the Speciality cheese class. It also won silver for the unpasteurised milk from its dairy cows, which it uses in the cheese. Its Cote Hill Reserve also won a bronze in the washed rind class.

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese of Ulceby Farm in the Wolds also won a gold.

 

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