"The food was SO scrummy and the atmosphere truly wonderful!"
"Absolutely blown away. The food, the company and the work that has gone into it..."
We are reeling from really the best we could hope a celebratory feast of Herefordshire sustainable food could be - thank you! Our final Autumn Feast was quite special.
The Bookshop Hereford were a professional and beautiful host, setting off more than 15 wonderful producers and making their food pop - a welcome drink and three courses that truly shone. With many of the producers in the room, we were able to thank them personally and the food tasted so much better for it!
Many chats around food, partnerships, business ideas and time to hear the brilliant music and stories too from Tim and Chez at the Wye Valley River Festival.
If you were unlucky enough not to make it to the event - take a look at the list of producers here who will be happy to help you recreate the flavours in your own home! You won't have Bookshop chef Callum on hand though I'm afraid!
And what a week to also find out that - in recognition of the kinds of partnerships that bring us dinners like this - the whole county has achieved a Bronze Award from Sustainable Food Places. More of that soon, but for now - thank you to everyone who works so hard for good food for ALL here in Herefordshire.
And so to the producers:
Remember, one purchase from a nature friendly farmer makes a huge difference. Direct sales give more back to the farmer than conventional routes to market, making their nature friendly methods more profitable that conventional alternatives and building resilience against the whims of market demands. It really is as simple as that. Buying local, nature friendly food results in less waste, better farming, and better health for all concerned. If you can't find what you need near you - more details of local, nature friendly produce is on our ever-increasing map of producers here.
|What||Who||Where Can I Buy?||More Info|
||Showle Dairy||Vending machine at Yarkhill Village Hall; soon to be opened at Tarrington||Facebook Showle Dairy|
|Bread||Susan Bailey||Will be running bread making classes next year, watch this space!||Instagram Sue Bailey Food|
Heritage grains (Bread); Fava beans
|Simon Dale||Chapel House farm - buy direct||Chapel House Farm Website|
|Salad||Lane Cottage Produce||Stockists across Herefordshire and Shropshire here||Lane Cottage|
||Liz Knight||Foraging courses and a Foraging book||Forage Fine Foods|
||Anthony and Christine Snell||Online at British Frozen fruit, can pick up in person or they deliver||Frozen Fruit Website|
|Seasonal Vegetables||Wye Organic||Online at Wye Organic||Wye Organic|
|Potatoes||Ben Taylor Davies||Little Meal House - Townsend Farm||Regen Ben Website|
|Milk||Merrimilk||Vending m achines in Hereford area||Merrimilk Website|
|Lamb and Venison
||Wye Organic*||Online at Wye Organic*||Wye Organic Website|
|Herbal infusions||Rowan McOnegal||Book onto workshops online, Herbal walks throughout the year||Hedgerow Medicine Website|
|Nuts||Augernik Fruit Farm||Markets in Shropshire, see their Facebook||Augernik Facebook Page|
*The venison served at the dinner was not from Wye Organic - but it was cured in Monmouthshire (Trealy Farm) and from the UK. Venison is available from Wye Organic