18 October 2021

Melanie Fryer, our food group lead writes…

Over the winter months I will have Horseradish if anyone makes Horseradish sauce and Jerusalem Artichokes available.

Also a seasonal recipe for using Apples (from Settle Hub). 






Following the AGM, in September 2020 an action plan was produced covering the main topics that the food group felt could be highlighted and addressed.

It has been announced by the Co-op that ALL their stores within ALL National Parks in the UK will no longer sell disposable BBQ’s with immediate effect. If this is true it is a very good move and hopefully other supermarkets will follow their lead.

Newlands Nursery, a new garden centre at Chatburn is receiving favourable reviews about the quality of their plants (including fruit and veg). However, after a visit on 31/05/21 I was dismayed to find that they are using and selling Sinclair’s 100% sphagnum peat compost!! There wasn’t even alternatives on site. Also to note was the fact that they are using thousands of NEW plastic pots when there are loads of unwanted pots going to landfill. I gave them a poor review on google but it has only had 3 likes so it would appear that people are not taking this seriously enough. I suggested the centre should have a system for people to return the pots for re-use. The upcoming ban on the use of peat will not be effective if it is still available for commercial use.

Anyone going into Skipton can drop off crisp packets at Craven College Reception for recycling. Alternatively Two Farmers Crisps come in compostable bags.

19 June 2021.
For people wanting to support Fairtrade for tea/coffee/chocolate etc we have two local suppliers.
Sue Houston will be back with her stall at the Catholic Church Hall, once Covid restrictions allow.  We will update on this.
Alison Tyas can take orders at any time.  Either telephone 01729 822677 or email
Oxfam in Skipton always has a good stock too.
I currently have two black compost bins free to good homes.
Plenty of Rhubarb for the next few months email


Melanie Fryer writes about Skipton Artisan Market which is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

Here is what I found yesterday (2 May 2021).


Luc’s Bakery – excellent sourdoughs.

Home made cakes/cheesecakes.

Home made Sticky Toffee Puddings.

Home made Lasagna’s (not every time).

Home made Party Foods – sandwiches/straws etc.

Small jars of jam/chutney.

Pie and Cheese stall but not necessarily local or ethically sourced.

Drinks – gin/beer but not necessarily local.

Non Food



Local Artists.

An artisan market, but not a farmers market.  No farmers selling direct. No meat of any kind, no fruit and veg.  No eggs.  Swillington Organic Farm from Leeds no longer attend.  Good atmosphere, the man who runs it is trying hard.