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Local Food Directory

This is our free directory to local food producers in suport of the Cornish Diet idea: 80%+ of your food produced in Cornwall. Miles better value than any supermarket : Reduction in food miles and energy use + Better for the local economy: more jobs + Increase in food security + Better animal welfare + Better social cohesiveness + Better value for money + Better deal for farmers + Better quality, fresher + Reskilling in traditional food preparation.
Free entries for Cornwall based food suppliers. Just click on 'Add new comment' describing your local food business or use the 'Contact us' form to send in your advert/ message to publish.
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Notes from Chester Food Assembly

This week we hear from Katie, Host of the Chester Food Assembly!

Way back in June, I had finished a year long course in social enterprise. One bright summer’s morning, I was pondering my next steps (trawling through Facebook) when I came across something called The Food Assembly. Little did I know that the chance encounter with a Facebook post would have me running around the beautiful Cheshire countryside finding farmers, shouting about local food on social media and hosting one of the U.K’s first food assemblies. You just never know what is around the corner! Hopefully it will be local, of course.

I have always loved food. I wake up thinking about it and go to sleep at night planning meals for the next day. But I haven’t always had a love of quality food: as a teenager I survived on chicken dippers and pasta, much to the dismay of my wholefood loving parents… chickpea anyone? But when I went to university in Devon I began to experiment with cooking. There were some triumphs and some epic fails – it turns out you need to wash leeks before you cook them by the way, unless you like grit in your casserole.

My love of real food, which had been forgotten as a teenager, luckily came bouncing back and soon I was down on the sandy beaches of Devon catching mackerel and cooking it up with fresh veggies (very Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, if I do say so myself). Junk food began to dwindle and I shone a little light for healthy eating.

Food became a passion, and like anything we are passionate about we look for more information. This is where it gets grim; our love of convenience and cheap food has basically caused chaos. Environmental damage due to wiping out natural habitat to make space for massive farms and using brutal chemicals to keep things growing in unnatural conditions; animal cruelty (turns out if you pack ‘em in really tight you can make loads of money); ill health, kids who are obese but nutritionally deficient – the list is long and shocking. I am not going to bang on about this, you have heard it all before and I am not an expert. So let’s focus on the good! And that is where local comes in.

Take a little look around and you will find amazing local producers right on our door step. And do you know what? Most have a tiny impact on the environment – in fact, some are even benefiting it. There are passionate people connected to their land and their produce and they want to tell you about it, to bring you quality and to show you their craft.

But what difference does buying local food make?

Well, it makes a huge difference because we are supporting our local community, we are keeping our countryside alive by choosing small scale producers, we are supporting traditions and livelihoods to thrive and we are connecting with real people. And this is where being a Food Assembly host comes in; through this role, my understanding of the local food movement has grown immensely, as has my passion for supporting it. It has been my job to find local producers and every single one of them has taught me something about food, how we live and how we eat.

From that chance Facebook encounter I now host the Chester Food Assembly. Each week 11 local producers sell their produce to local customers. Each week customers can fill their kitchen with amazing local produce which they have bought directly from the producer. Each week, customers and producers come together to share a love of food and something special is really beginning to grow. Last night at our weekly Assembly, for example, one of the producers said, “It is so lovely that the customers know my name.”

Why? Because when we pick something off a big shelf and put it in a basket we know nothing of the story, who made it or where it came from. When we take something from the hand of a producer or farmer we can know the whole narrative, we can ask our questions and we can connect. This is why I host a Food Assembly.

It is not perfect yet; the website sometimes drives me bonkers as it is still a work in progress and continually evolving. And I want to reach more people, find more producers and grow the Assembly. But we are getting there. And there is a beauty in facing the challenges, experimenting with solutions, and shaping the growth of the network from the grassroots up. We are a tiny drop in the ocean thus far but we are beginning to make ripples. Onwards and upwards!

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