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joanne



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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 14 6:04 pm    Post subject: So this food assembly malarky...  Reply with quote    

...I've started the ball rolling to set one up in Lancaster. I'm not sure if I'm mad or deluded or probably both but I'd kick myself if I didn't especially as it got alot of people very excited when someone else posted it on the Transition Lancaster page.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/10/new-way-buy-local-produce-food-assembly-coming-britain - Original Article Nick posted

And I've set up a FB page and twitter to look after the social media side of things - haven't really got my head around Google+ yet - maybe something to think about in the future.

https://twitter.com/FoodLancaster

https://www.facebook.com/foodLancaster

Link to join: https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/112

I'd love it to be a success but I'm also of the attitude that if you don't try you'll never know [/url]

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Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 14 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 14 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not heard of this before, is there some way to check if there's one locally before signing up?

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 14 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Not heard of this before, is there some way to check if there's one locally before signing up?


http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/10/new-way-buy-local-produce-food-assembly-coming-britain

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 14 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck with it.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 14 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck. If you can make a go of it and keep the costs down it could be a really good way to get people connected to their local producers.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 14 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck Jo.
A.

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 14 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

https://www.farmdrop.co.uk

Looks similar, and there's one near me...

It's technology bringing producers and customers together, and removing the inconvenience some find at markets, or farm shops. Anything that helps can't be bad.

joanne



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 14 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And we launch tomorrow! It's been a couple of lovely months visiting producers and chatting to some lovely folk followed by the last 2 days of alot of stress but we've made it and tomorrow evening sees us launch.

I just hope people come along and see what we've got to offer, I did a veggie run to pilling today to pick up some amazing produce for the venue to turn into tasting samples, Uchiki Kuri onion squash, leeks, shallots, spinach, rocket, tuscan cabbage, potatoes all grown in Pilling or in the Vale of York, super local, superb quality and a delight to see.

We also have a variety of producers making everything from fresh filled pasta, speciality soups, wonderful sourdough bread, local honey, gluten free cakes and more

It's had it's highs and lows, my meat,dairy and cheese producer (all the same) pulled out on Monday telling me that they were too busy and my mead producer as well pulled citing distance but I'm hopeful I can soon get new producers on board

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 14 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds good, I wonder if it will happen here.

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 14 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
Sounds good, I wonder if it will happen here.


Jo could give you some tips on setting one up...

Good luck Jo.

Ty Gwyn



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Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 14 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
Sounds good, I wonder if it will happen here.


There was a Transition Town market set up in Lampeter 12/18 mths back,run by the people behind Denmark farm who i believe run the Health shop in Lampeter.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 14 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck with it. If it works, you won't have a problem getting new producers in.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 14 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have long held sway that this sort of thing should be in the village pub. It would keep the pubs open (which have to be staffed anyway for long, convenient hours) and save busy people (who are the ones with money) having to trek out to farm shops. Personally, I rather like trekking out to farm shops, but I'm not exactly target audience. If you could plant the post office and a very basic shop in there as well, a small village would have a significant amenity, boost the income to the landlord and reduce stuffing costs to all three.

Our village pub is for sale.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 14 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

But does it have stuffing costs?

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