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Cornish potatoes used to make gin and vodka

potato 3A pair of potato farmers from Cornwall are branching out from traditional farming and making gin and vodka from their harvest. Colwith Farm is one of the biggest potato producers in the South West and has been in the Dustow family for five generations. But with each year’s harvest so dependant on the weather Steve and Chris decided to diversify from the humble potato to a premium spirit. They teamed up with a biochemist to start producing vodka and gin – taking a huge risk. Says Chris Dustow: “I made a big break with the farm and decided we were going to push on with it so I heavily reinvested. Because we specialise in potatoes we had to be careful that we didn’t just have particular market, so when Steve discussed the opportunity it was another market we had a guaranteed sale for.” EU red tape means the spirits are distilled away from the farm but plans are in place to build a distillery on site. And there are hopes it will mean this farm is here for another five generations to come. More

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