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:
- Summer – approaching Settle Town Council to support Settle becoming a Fair Trade Town and encouraging sustainable allotment practices
- 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.
NEWS AND INFORMATION
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.
Anyone who has gluts of organic vegetables please bring to meetings to share with other
members at our Green Cafes – see our Events page for dates.
Following Greenpeace’s ‘Big Plastic Count’ in May, here are some ideas from them: Living-with-less-plastic-handbook
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
- 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 http://www.crowdfarming.com
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.
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.
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.
Cheap and Easy recipes
Two large onions.
A large bag of carrots.
A tin of tomatoes.
A stock cube.
Dash of salt and pepper .
Total cost with a slice of bread and butter £1.70 for two.
A knob of butter.
Generous sprinkling of grated cheese.
Served with some left-over lettuce and tomato.
Total cost about £2.20 for two.
Potatoes, mince, onions and a dash of herbs.
Served with frozen peas.
Cost £3.00 for two.