We’ve completed the challenge, hurrah!

Thanks to those who came to our final event at the People’s Community Garden on Sunday.  We were a small group but all full of ideas and stories about how we’ve managed the challenge for the last 30 days. We had some really positive feedback about our cooking sessions too, which is great! The pizza oven will be a lasting legacy of the project, ready to be fired up in future years by PCG volunteers and Transitioners alike. We were happy to see it churning out pizzas one last time during the challenge.

Dave masters the oven

Much excitement at super speedy pizzas!

Happy Challengers sharing a final pizza 🙂

Our organisers have been blogging about their experiences throughout so check out how they got on.  A participant in Waldringfield has also done a fantastic blog worth checking out; we’ve shared her dilemmas along the way and have enjoyed thinking through what ‘eat local’ really means. We’d love to hear how you fared with the challenge – what was your downfall (if anything)?! And have any of your shopping and/or cooking habits changed for the future? There’s still plenty of time for reflection on what we’ve learned, and of course, producer maps to update, and successful recipes to write and upload.

For those of you who picked up our fold-out leaflet, we hope it will stay on your fridge as a quick reference guide to find producers and retailers throughout the year. There’s now a scanned copy available to download here, and in the ‘Useful Docs’ section on the right if you missed it in the flesh. We hope to keep adding to our recipe pages and producer maps on this site, so keep the web address handy.

We’d encourage anyone who has heard about the challenge, or indeed done it, to check out the links on the right-hand pane to other sources of information about local food and sustainability in and around Ipswich. For updates on local food projects in Suffolk, Kirsty’s blog will be updated regularly, and for more events related to Transition and local food, the Transition website and Green Living Centre site are good places to return to.  One of our participants Rona also has a Green Footsteps site with more information about green issues, including recipes, growing food and orchards. We’ll also keep this site live as a reference for the future.

To contact us, you can email 30milefoodchallenge@gmail.com.  If you’re a producer, retailer or pub/restaurant serving local food, we’d like to hear from you. If you’re a past or future challenge participant don’t hesitate to get in touch. We hope you’ll have another go with us next year!

Happy sourcing, cooking and eating, from the Transition Ipswich Food Group.

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