Norfolk young farmer’s boost for local food

Young farmer Emily Rout is a passionate campaigner for locally-produced food and drink.

And the enthusiastic member of Diss Young Farmers' Club has just published her first cookbook to promote East Anglia's finest foods.

She was approached by ITV Fixers after winning the Bernard Matthews Young Farmer of the Year Award last year.

The national project aims to encourage young people, aged under 25, to get involved in a range of positive projects.

'I was asked if I would be interested in doing something to promote young people and agriculture,' said Emily, 19, of Tibenham, near Diss, who used her �1,000 prize award to add to her small dairy herd.

Her seasonal cookbook contains some great recipes, including one from top chef Galton Blackiston, using seasonal, local and easily sourced food and drink.

'It is divided into the four seasons, so you can find out which foods are in season, when, where to source the ingredients and most importantly what to do with them,' she added.

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Emily, who was contacted by ITV Fixers in August last year, has just received copies from the printers. She plans to sell her seasonal cookbook, which includes three of her recipes, at food outlets in Norfolk and through suppliers and also at farmers' markets.

'I became an ITV Fixer so that I could help people to support their local economy, eat more seasonally and reduce their carbon footprint. I'm really passionate about supporting local farmers,' she added.

Further recipes and suppliers will be featured in future editions of the A4 format and a handier A5 version may also be issued.

Emily, who featured on Anglia Television last December, was filmed with Galton Blackiston making a warm salad featuring Fielding Cottage goats' cheese made by Sam Steggles and using beef from Swannington's Farm to Fork.

And one of her choices for a luxury dessert, Clarke's Ice Cream from Wattlefield, near Wymondham, is also featured in the cookbook. And Judy Clarke and her daughter, Caroline, will be at Wymondham Farmers' Market on Saturday, February 19 (9am to 1pm) with a selection of their ice creams.

Copies cost �5 from Emily on 07500 932769 or see Emily's video report,