Farmer celebrates after landing sausage title

A Hampshire free range pig farmer is celebrating after taking a top title for his sausages.

Greenfield Pork Products took the title of Supreme Champion in The 2008 Great Hampshire Sausage, Pie & Ready Meal Competition, held on Valetines Day, for its Hampshire pork and bramley apple sausage.

Martin Martindale of Greenfield Pork Products fought off stiff competition at the annual county competition organised by county food group Hampshire Fare.

The competition, held at Sparsholt College, attracted 244 individual entries from 28 Hampshire butchers and meat farmers. Judges awarded 68 gold certificates and 13 trophies. In addition to winning Supreme Champion, Martin scooped champion trophies for Best Hampshire Sausage, Best Speciality Pork Sausage, Best Valentines Sausage and Best Hampshire Farmers' Market Entry.

Upon receiving his trophy, Martin said: "I am chuffed to bits. I started making sausages about five years ago and have entered this competition for the last five years. I have been working towards winning Supreme Champion, and came close a couple of times, so to win this year is fantastic!"

Martin's Supreme Champion sausage contains his own free range pork, Hill Farm apple juice and Blackmoor Farm Shop bramley apples. He puts the emphasis on the quality of his meat reared with the highest standards of animal welfare, and using complementary Hampshire ingredients for his winning recipe.

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