Food assembly in Fishponds launched

August 16 2016

PEOPLE in Fishponds now have an easy way to buy locally produced seasonal food – and make new friends at the same time.

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PEOPLE in Fishponds now have an easy way to buy locally produced seasonal food – and make new friends at the same time.

The Fishponds Food Assembly is described as an online farmers’ market. You place your order via a website then go along to All Saints Church Hall on a Tuesday evening to collect it.

While you are there, you have the chance to meet some of the food producers and to buy and eat a hot meal alongside your neighbours.

Exhibitors at the first session on July 26 ranged from Hobbs House bakery in Chipping Sodbury to Julie Gee, who sells home-made bread and quail’s eggs from her home on the junction of Thingwall Park and Everest Road.  Delicious fresh salads, vegetables and handmade preserves were also on sale and  visitors were tucking into butternut squash and sweet potato curry.

More than 200 people have already signed up and dozens have placed orders and are spreading the word about this alternative way of shopping.

The launch session included live music and a buzzing atmosphere, to the delight of organisers Kola Adetu and his partner Rosie Backhouse.

“I love good food and want to support local food makers. I am happy that now they have a platform where they can sell their products,” he said.

Kola and Rosie, who live in Fishponds would love to hear from other food producers who would like to join the Food Assembly. They can be contacted via their website of Facebook page. 

Food Assembly, which has branches all over Britain, aims to champion local producers and to keep money in the local economy,. Buying direct means as much as 92p in the pound can go to the people who produce the food.