Saturday 1st September 2012
We have reached day 1 of the 30 Mile Local Food Challenge. We’re all very excited about eating local food for the next month and supporting our local producers here in Suffolk!
We have had a fantastic launch day today at the People’s Community Garden, building a clay oven (see left), swapping seeds and tools, and visiting the community bee hives. Thanks to those of you who came down to join in!
It’s been a busy few weeks preparing for the challenge; we’ve been distributing our mini-directory at the Ipswich Food Festival, and to all the retailers supporting the challenge – not to mention getting in supplies of local food ready for today! It’s great that the time is finally upon us to grow, shop and eat local. If you haven’t picked up a directory yet, pick one up at our next event, or check out the pages on this website to see our producer and retailer maps.
Our project coordinator Lucy is featured in today’s East Anglian Daily Times, and appeared on ICR and BBC Radio Suffolk this week; it’s great to see so much interest in the challenge! We are continuing to learn and discover new retailers and producers and would love to hear about new ones you’ve come across. This week we discovered the Suffolk Garlic Farm, ready to supply us with local garlic to brighten up all our local veg. We’ll be adding their details to the website in the next few days.
We’ll soon be blogging about our experiences undertaking the challenge on the blogs pages, sharing our ideas and recipes. Lucy has kicked it all off with her first post – read all about her challenge preparations (and saying goodbye to the beloved bananas) here. What can’t you live without? We’d like to hear about what you’re keeping and giving up this month, so please do leave us comments on the site.
There’ll soon be more on the recipes page too; Kirsty has already tried some delicious bean burgers with Suffolk fava beans which she’s keen to share. Please do email us your successful recipes so we can publish them for others too.
There are plenty more events planned over the coming weeks, including a “Transition 2” film showing on Monday in Woodbridge, and our first Cook Local course on Wednesday – this time we’re making local pasta which should be great fun. We still have a few more spaces so sign up if you’re keen; details are here. Our full events listing is on the events page so have a look and see what you fancy.
We hope to see you at events in the coming weeks and wish you luck with your 30 Mile Challenge, be it for the month, the week, or just a few meals – every little change to your shopping habits supports our local producers and economy.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy it!