Eat hyperlocal in Redditch this autumn
Harvest time! After a wow of a summer, let the celebration of autumn's good food commence!
Why not mark Organic September by switching to naturally grown and raised for some or all of your meat, dairy and veggies? Or British Food Fortnight - this year from 22nd September to 7th October - with a supper of Welsh Caerphilly cheese on a Scottish oat cake, washed down with English wine and a slice of Northern Irish apple?
Or why not join us in appreciating the amazing food and drink produced in this little corner of the world? This autumn, we're going hyperlocal!
Why choose 'hyperlocal' food?
Think of fresh, fragrant salad leaves and herbs, plucked from the ground mere hours before. Proper tree-ripened fruit, still warm from the branch. Milk and cheeses from cows that graze contentedly in fields up the road...
Buying hyperlocal means:
Food that tastes as it should. No lettuce picked last week, factory washed and plastic sealed. No flat flavoured fruits artificially ripened with gas. The hyperlocally grown veggies you buy this afternoon may have been picked this very morning!
Helping to preserve heritage produce and techniques -- as well as supporting the conservation of the 2,900 acres of Wokingham Borough green belt land.
Producers willing to stake their names and reputations on their food, and tell the story of how that food arrives at your table. When the people who grow, produce and sell our food are also our neighbours, we can expect more thoughtful management of local resources and our environment, high standards of animal welfare and robust food safety.
Money going into our community. What goes around comes around, as they say...
Fewer food miles, so a much, much smaller carbon footprint for our plates.
Less packaging waste - take reusable containers and bags for a zero waste shop.
Stronger relationships within our community. Definitely not a scientific theory, yet it always seems that food bought from friendly folk just tastes better!
Find hyperlocal food in and around Redditch...
Where: The Stables Farm Butchery and Shop, Astwood Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, B96 6PS
When: Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sundays 10am-4pm
What: Organic, free range beef and pork, farm-made artisan sausages.
Where: Wychbold Farmers' Market, Webbs of Wychbold, Wychbold, WR9 0DG
When: 2nd Saturday in each month, 9am-3pm
What: Worcestershire-made cheeses, rare breed pork produce, local apple juice, baked goods, cakes and preserves, hyperlocal wines, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Where: Nature's Intention Zero Waste Shop, 2-4 High Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8HQ
When: Monday to Saturday, 9am-6pm
What: Local and vegan produce, scoop-and-weigh dry goods and cooking oil refills. Take your own containers and bags!
Where: Beckett's Farm Shop, Heath Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6AJ
When: Monday to Friday, 7.30am--6pm; Saturdays, 7.30am-5pm; Sundays, 10am-4pm
What: Locally sourced meat and game, local cheeses, fresh farm eggs, Midlands-produced fruit and vegetables.