Newsletter November 2007
New Bakery - Boundary Cottage Bakery
Jo Wright is baking cakes (muffins, chocolate brownies, carrot cake) and artisan breads at Burniston. She cooks with free-range eggs, organic and fair-trade ingredients and uses a wood-fired oven. You can find these delights at Scalby Farmers' Market on Friday afternoons, 2.30pm - 6pm (see below), or from Boundary Cottage on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm.
Jo Wright, Boundary Cottage, Burniston
Tel: 01723 870 132
Scalby Farmers' Market
A farmers' market is held every Friday from 3 to 6pm, in the car park of St Lawrence's Church Rooms in Scalby (YO13 0SA).
Stalls include Juno Cheeses, Black Sheep Meat Company from Driffield, Rosedale Farm (chicken and duck), David Johnson (fruit and veg), Thundercliffe's (fish and groceries), Boundary Cottage Bakery (bread and cakes)
For more information contact: Kaet Newton on 01723 371 350
Valley Bar wins National Cider and Perry Pub of the Year
CAMRA has named The Valley Bar in Scarborough the National Cider and Perry Pub of the Year. Congratulations! Linda Soden said: "Yorkshire is hardly a county known for cider and perry, but we are extremely passionate about it and it is wonderful to have been given this CAMRA award. The people to thank are small cider producers for continually providing such a superb product. Other publicans should try to sell real cider and perry as their customers will thank them for it." The Valley Bar hosts a beer and cider festival every month, see http://www.valleybar.co.uk for details.
The Valley Bar, 51 Valley Road, Scarborough, YO11 2LX
The Big Lottery Local Food Fund
18 months ago, when The Big Lottery Local Food Fund was being considered, the Scarborough Local Food Group was contacted to discuss what grassroots organisations needed in the way of funding. I'm really pleased to see that the Local Food Fund it is going ahead.
Local Food is a £50 million programme that will distribute grants to a variety of food-related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable to local communities. Grants from £2,000 up to £500,000 will be awarded to not-for-profit groups and organisations in England delivering such projects as growing, processing, marketing and distributing local food, as well as composting and raising awareness of the benefits of such activities. Local Food will run from February 2008 through to March 2015; with all projects having to be completed by March 2014.
Application forms and guidance will be posted on their website in due course http://www.rswt.org/localfood/
Localfoodshop.co.uk - an interesting new venture
More than £3 billion is being spent online on food in the UK every year now, but of course the vast majority of that is going to the big supermarkets. Localfoodshop have decided that it is time to help the little guys fight back. Everyone who sells their products through Localfoodshop will receive 93% of the price paid. Compare that with the supermarkets!
Localfoodshop aims to help us identify our local suppliers of quality, fresh, seasonal produce. Customers buy direct, keeping their money in the local economy and supporting local farmers and artisan producers. This is a very new venture and currently there are very few producers from the Scarborough area listed on the system; but hopefully this will improve in the coming months because Localfoodshop offers a very cost-effective e-commerce facility to local producers. Whilst the site primarily encourages local trading through a postcode-based search system, buyers from across the UK can also find producers and buy online.
Find out more at www.localfoodshop.co.uk
In Scarborough, we are fortunate to have an excellent range of independent food shops, and it is always much more enjoyable to shop at local stores than online, but Localfoodshop might make it possible for those who can't get what they need in their local shops still to enjoy local produce, rather than resorting to the supermarket.
Sarah Beattie, who lives in Kirkbymoorside, is resident food writer for the Soil Association. This month, her recipe is for Slow-baked red cabbage, chestnut and cider casserole: http://www.whyorganic.org/healthy_recipeMonth.asp.