Looking back on the Challenge

What a month September was! Very busy but very bountiful, and after a bit of relaxation  it’s time for reflection. We had some great events during the month and some wonderful weather (though occasionally woeful) and a generally plentiful and tasty selection of local food. Here’s a bit of a summary of some of the great stuff we enjoyed during the Challenge.

Transition Ipswich ran four great Cook Local sessions. People learnt a few cooking skills and tips, everything we ate was local and delicious and we managed to substitute some non-local standards with local alternatives, cunning use of lemon scented herbs  is just one example that springs to mind. Most of all people came together and really enjoyed cooking and eating together and going home well and truly fed!


Jointing Chicken









Unfortunately the Big Picnic coincided with some of the woeful weather but the hardly souls who came along enjoyed some delicious barbecued lamb and witnessed the biggest butcher’s block in the world (probably) being christened by the handsomest butchers (allegedly).


Transition Woodbridge ran a film night, a gig and local food night, a foraging walk and a meal and a fruit bottling workshop, so popular they’re running another 2 sessions in October and November, so if you fancy getting involved check out their facebook page.

Sustainable Bury held a Cook and Eat Local meal which was fully booked with lots of people coming together to enjoy some tasty local food and their now busy organising a Green Fair which will take place in Bury on the 2nd November, check their facebook page for details.  The local library took lots of the kids’ calendars and stickers. They did a whole informative display, putting the initiative into their own simplified words for children and they had pictures of fruit etc and also relevant books about localisation etc and food. They really embraced the challenge.



Greener Sax had a great celebration of local food to kick things off which was held at Peakhill Farm on the eve of the challenge.  Lots of fun, a cheese-making demonstration, a honey extraction demonstration (which the kids loved), a foraging walk, organic Peakhill burgers and ribs, some nose to tail eating quiz and, home-made rose petal, rhubarb and bullace wines, Adnams wine and ginger beer and good weather. This was followed by other events and even spilled over into October with an apple day where apples were baked, dried and generally enjoyed!

Greener Fram concentrated their efforts on their local primary school, Robert Hitcham’s,who embraced the Challenge. Proof was shown at a picnic at the community allotment at the end of the Challenge where there were about 15-18 families represented (approx 50 people). Not all of these had been involved with the garden to date.  The stickers and calendar sheets were received very well. The school loved the fact that we had supplied everything to them and done an assembly.

Sustainable Bungay’s regular Happy Mondays meal was thoroughly local in September and thoroughly delicious, with local food ranging from the foraged blackberries for apple and blackberry crumble. to predictably plentiful courgettes for fritters. The Happy Mondays Meal is a regular fixture and Sustainable Bungay is bidding for £3000 from the Lloyds Community fund to expand and develop the existing, thriving Happy Mondays meal into a wider project. This will offer training and learning and increase access to low-cost, healthy and locally sourced food.


Transition Sudbury held a promotional event for the Challenge at Sudbury Farmers Market on the 30th August and  lots of people said that they would give it a try.  The group was interviewed a couple of times on Radio Suffolk  and it was good to get their support but the interviewers did keep asking why it was more expensive. They replied by asking if they were comparing like with like and quality!  They also held a shared lunch made from only produce from within the 30 miles which was great fun and everyone enjoyed.

How did your challenge go we’d love to know – why not post a comment!

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