The Challenge Approaches

This year’s food challenge is fast approaching, building on last year’s successful food challenge, this year it is Suffolk wide with the help of Transition groups across the county! 

As you might have noticed we have been busy updating our website with lots of great events throughout September, and adding to the list of retailers and producers selling local food, so you can find your nearest outlet, so take a look around the website. This year’s leaflets are out and about in lots of local food places, if you haven’t manged to get hold of one yet or the dog has eaten it it is available to download on the website or you can pick them up in loads of places in the directory. If you would like a handful for your workplace or to hand out to friends and family then let us know – our email address is
We’d love to hear about new retailers and producers who we haven’t yet stumbled upon, please let us know if you have any favourites too add to our map.

The British summer has been glorious this year (if a little dry!), good news for foragers and farmers alike as it looks like being a great year for the crops especially apples. If you’re not sure how to make the best of the range of local produce then why not join us at one of the cook local sessions.They take place every Wednesday evening throughout September at the WI kitchen in Ipswich and all the details are on the website. If you want to take advantage of the wild harvest then head along to the bottling and fruit pressing events at Poppys Pantry in Woodbridge.

We are aiming to help everyone to rise to the challenge and learn how to make a local loaf at our launch event on the 1st of September. We will be making bread in a clay oven and soup from the lovely (and local) produce of the People’s Community Garden which you can also buy. The garden will be open from 10 but we won’t be starting the bread and soup making till 11ish with lunch between 1 and 1.30pm. We hope to see you at our launch and some of the other events in September – see the events page on our website for more info, where you can also find details of how to book, where applicable.

Dave from Transition Ipswich is studying for a PhD exploring the link between local food and well-being and will be blogging about his experiences during the challenge and he’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in sharing their experiences of the challenge. If you’re interested then just send an email  to you can also get in touch if you’re interested in doing a blog yourself and you can see some from last year on the blog section of the website which make interesting reading.

You are probably starting to think about sourcing your food locally in September, and to help you we will also be adding recipes to the website,  if you have any yourself then just send them to us.

Good luck with your challenge!

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One Response to The Challenge Approaches

  1. Kirsty says:

    Great to hear Ipswich and Sudbury on Radio Suffolk in the last few days! Jane from Sudbury was on the Lesley Dolphin show yesterday, starting 2:21.30 into the programme, here: And a 30 mile breakfast was broadcast direct from Dave’s kitchen this morning on the Mark Murphy breakfast show, 1:26.30 into the programme here: Well done all for the local food promotion!

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