Food – Celebrating Local and Seasonal Produce

This year – 2021 – has been designated the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) of the United Nations, and to mark the occasion Transition Falmouth and Transition Truro have joined forces with Meadowside Nursery to celebrate the many different types of vegetables which are locally grown at their market garden, according to the seasons.

Based on Meadowside’s seasonal produce, a guide to “Eating with the Seasons” has now been compiled, which can be used as an aide-memoire, either to keep for reference online, or to print off and pin up on a home noticeboard. We are indebted to the Nursery for their help and support with this initiative; to Tony Maddocks (TT) for constructing the final version, and to Rob Follett (TF) for his input.

You can view and download the guide here (PDF)

For anyone wishing to pay Meadowside a visit, their market can be found about 2 miles from Carnon Downs, on the Quenchwell Road (just down on the left from the former Methodist Chapel)

Summer opening hours are currently from 10am-4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, when other
Cornish products are also on offer including honey, bread/saffron buns, eggs and Cornish seasalt plus a wide range of home-grown flowers and plants.

As many will already know, Transition Falmouth has an online Guide to Food and Drink produced in Cornwall and supplied locally in the Falmouth, Penryn and Truro catchment areas.

There is a section on Fruit and Veg where you can find other growers and suppliers listed which may be closer to your home. A template is now available which can be tailored to other local growers wishing to promote their own produce.

So, why buy local produce? Here’s some points to consider…

– buying (and growing) local produce close to home helps reduce carbon emissions (food miles)
– it supports the local economy and can result in less waste (packaging)
– it’s good for maintaining biodiversity
– helps address concerns around future food security
– sustains community connections
– the diversity in small-scale production often improves the quality of soil which in turn retains carbon
– and most importantly – you know where your food is coming from!

With this in mind we also shine the light here on another local example of good practice, namely Soul Farm who are based near Flushing. They are members of the community-supported regenerative agriculture (CSA) movement, and practice a “no-dig” form of production. Their seasonal and organic produce can be bought from their stall at the Tregew Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm.

The Tregew Market is well worth a visit to discover the wide range of Cornish fare on sale ranging
from fresh local fish to cheese and other staple produce. Get there early to avoid the rush!

There may be other examples of new enterprises coming to light, so any help in keeping our Food and Drink Guide up-to-date is always most welcome. The main criteria is that the food is produced in Cornwall (nearer to home the better) and supplied locally across the Truro, Falmouth, and Penryn catchment areas. Please let us know if you have any feedback to share about the Guide. If you think we have missed a resource that isn’t on the list you can submit your suggestions here.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate all the local growers and suppliers of fruit and vegetables across our area, and indeed across the rest of Cornwall, who are working hard to deliver a high quality service to their
customers, and supporting them as and when we can.

 

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