Our food group is focused on reducing food waste, encouraging buying locally and growing our own food. We hold events and produce information – so check back here regularly.

You can get involved with us by participating in the following activities this year:

  • Spring – making locally grown seed available to members and growers.
  • Summer – approaching Settle Town Council to support Settle becoming a Fair Trade Town
  • Autumn – working with Respect Our Old Trees Settle (ROOTS) Group and Settle Victoria Hall in planning an apple day in.
  • All year round – member swaps of home grown produce through the seasons and looking at how we can reduce our plastic waste’given that a lot of it is associated with food packaging.

Following Greenpeace’s ‘Big Plastic Count’ in May, here are some ideas from them: Living-with-less-plastic-handbook


The alternative food movement needs local, open-pollinated seeds and many places are
now running seed swaps with locally produced seeds. Our food group lead, Melanie, has several packets and will be bringing these to future meetings.

Melanie has lots of organic rhubarb – come along to our Green Cafe at the Settle Parish Church on 11th June (10.30-12) if you would like some.

Anyone who has gluts of organic vegetables please bring to meetings to share with other

Tea/Coffee/Chocolate/Organic Honey (organic honey is not sold in the UK due to the small
acreage of certified organic land) are available through many churches or Oxfam.
The UK will never be able to produce enough citrus fruits to satisfy demand so how about
buying organic fruit direct from the farmers in Europe giving them a fair price for their

Three more companies are now using Faitrade cocoa in their products:
  • Guylian (of seashell chocolates) have now switched to 100% Fairtrade cocoa which means a fairer deal for cocoa farming communities in West Africa.
  • Beech’s chocolates (based in Preston) have brought out some Faritrade treats.
  • Quirky chocolates (Scottish) have a new range of gift sets all using Fairtrade cocoa.

For in season products at the moment – check out

Our food needs to be local, organic, seasonal and healthy. We should be producing food on
systems that are peat and pesticide free, support biodiversity and create their own fertility.

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

Here is what we found on a visit (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.



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