2016 Young Grower of the Year

YGOTY 16Andrew Hutchinson from Wilcox was awarded the Young Grower of the Year title last night (20th July) after two days of challenging exercises including participating in a Leadership panel discussion and presenting two speeches. He successfully competed against the 4 regional fruit grower winners to take out the tittle. Young Grower of the Year is an annual competition run by Horticulture New Zealand to find the best young fruit or vegetable grower in the country. The focus of the competition is to give young people working in the industry recognition, develop their skills and foster individual young grower leadership. Andrew won 3 of the 4 categories, Best Practical Skills, Best Business Skills and the Innovation Award. Andrew will now go on to contest the Young Horticulturist of the Year in November. Wilcox was well represented at the awards, with last years winner Hamish Gates carrying out the MC duties for the evening.

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Goodness always tastes better with Wilcox

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Wilcox started growing potatoes and onions in the volcanic Pukekohe soil in the early 1930’s.

Now, four generations on, we’re still growing the most delicious varieties of potatoes, onions, and carrots in the most fertile areas all over New Zealand.

It’s what we do to bring the best tasting goodness to your table every night.

Seasonal Focus

  • Perlas New


    Perlas are small, new season potatoes that are washed and ready fresh out of the box. Their small size means they cook easily and consistently, retain their goodness and taste delicious. Perlas have delicate, fine skins; leave them on, no peeling required! They are high in vitamin C and fibre, particularly with the skins on, achieving the National Heart Foundation tick. They have a smooth waxy texture and hold their shape well when cooked. Great for every occasion and are excellent served either hot or cold. Perfect for easy and healthy family meals; thrown on the BBQ, in a salad, or gently boiled and tossed in a little olive oil and sprinkled with herbs and seasoning. Perlas Baby potatoes are perfect if you're after a smaller bite size potato...great for kebabs and salads . Perlas are only available during the spring and summer seasons, from September through to March.