FLF Jute Bags are here

Jute Shopping Bags from Farnham Local Food, featuring our new logo. These quality, stylish bags – measuring 39 x 35 x 15 cm (approx. 15″ x 13″ x 6″) – at only £5 are perfect for collecting your weekly share of veg. Get in touch to order; just let us know how many you’d like. We can bring your order to Cupsmith, for example.

This weeks share – 16th July 2016
The Standard share this week: 16 July 2016
The Standard share this week: 16 July 2016

Lindsay and the team of harvesters have done a great job again today of putting together another lovely share!

With beetroot back in the ‘box’, more french beans than you could shake a bamboo cane at, broad beans, a delightful looking mixed salad bag (complete with edible flowers), a healthy helping of basil (over 200g), loads of calabrese (broccoli), cucumbers, courgettes and black currents (in addition to the bought in, locally grown new potatoes). With a standard share still working out at £11.50 a week, and everything grown to organic principles, we are certainly giving the supermarkets a run for their money!

The week before last Gerri kindly did a price comparison of our standard share against what she could find on the supermarkets’ websites. We came out much, much cheaper, with the supermarket equivalent working out costing nearly half as much again! I think that some people are under the impression that obtaining their weekly vegetables via Farnham Local food is less cost effective than the supermarkets. Thank you Gerri for dispelling this myth.

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Jerusalem Artichoke recipes

Looking for some inspiration for the Jerusalem Artichokes that were in your share this week? Here’s few ideas, kindly compiled by Alison: Jerusalem Artichoke, Celeriac and apple soup (vegan) The flexitarian.co.uk/ recipe items Jerusalem Artichoke and Kale Gratin (Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall) Theguardian.com/ lifestyle – 3rd January 2014 Jerusalem Artichoke, radicchio and pear salad ( Thomasina Miers) Theguardian.com/ lifestyle – 20 November 2015 Jerusalem Artichoke, lentil and wild mushroom warm salad telegraph.co.uk/ recipes – 17th January 2011 Jerusalem Artichoke Gnocchi (vegan & gluten-free) Fannythefoodie.com Jerusalem Artichoke and Banana…Continue Reading “Jerusalem Artichoke recipes”

Yes, Jim the Polytunnel has moved to winter residence and is now back to it’s original location on the field. Here’s a short video of how we do it. We have to make sure that any crops in between where we are moving the tunnel from and where we are moving it to are no more than a foot high, otherwise they’ll get pushed over by the horizontal bracing and tow-bar. So this season we have a bed full of spinach, mooli and turnips that…Continue Reading “Moving Jim, our splendidly mobile polytunnel”

New year, new flf leaflet to share

Happy new year! 2014 was a pretty fantastic year for us at FLF, but I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that 2015 is going to be much more exciting! And to launch us into the new year we have a new leaflet promoting the virtues of Farnham Local Food. Please have a read, and send it (or the link below to it) to all your friends and families, to help spread the good word and to see if any of them would like to benefit from…Continue Reading “New year, new flf leaflet to share”

October is the month when Summer produce starts to give way to more Autumnal fare. The bean and pea plants have given of their best, and are close to being consigned to the compost heap. Probably the definitive October crop is pumpkin, with its associations with Halloween.

To celebrate the pumpkin and squash crop, we held a harvesting party at our Dippenhall site on Sunday 5th October. Over 30 people turned up to pick a variety for squashes, and to enjoy the Autumn air. Unlike the previous day, when the brave harvesters were soaked through, it was a gloriously sunny day.

Planting GarlicThere was work to be done, of course. As well as picking pumpkins, the volunteers planted garlic, spread manure, tended a bonfire, and even found time to scavenge a few fallen walnuts. The reward was a plate of jacket potatoes and delicious vegetarian chilli. That was followed by a selection of cakes and biscuits, many baked by FLF members.

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We did it!!

You’ve probably heard that our ‘Grow-a-Grower’ crowd-funding campaign was a huge success. What a fantastic feeling! We are over the moon. To all the backers, Thank you! You have pledged to our vision. You have invested in a great project that makes a difference to the community and will now be growing even more. We’ll be in touch soon to get you your rewards. So here we grow: the training of our apprentice as a certified organic grower at the Soil Association is funded and…Continue Reading “We did it!!”

Polytunnel build, part 2 – Friday evening

We made a good start on the new polytunnel last Saturday and are nearly ready for the fun bit: actually putting the hoops up and making it look less like Steptoe’s Yard. Come and join us for the build, part 2 this Friday 2nd anytime from 17:30. Bring some of: Socket set (esp. 8mm & 13mm) 6mm HSS drill bit Adjustable spanners Cordless or corded drill / screwdriver, especially large-chuck types that can take an 8mm and/or 13mm socket. Food! Marker pen Let David know…Continue Reading “Polytunnel build, part 2 – Friday evening”

A funky opening track, and some interesting pieces. The section on FLF starts at 32:18. It’s All Good Radio speaks about Meat Free May, Forest Green Rovers & Farnham Grow A Grower Campaign by It’s All Good on Mixcloud The complete schedule: In the 2nd hour of It’s All Good Radio Show Debbie talks about pioneering football club Forest Green Rovers who are initiating sustainable practices throughout their ground (www.forestgreenroversfc.com). She then goes onto talk to Jannat Hossain from Young Friends of the Earth about…Continue Reading “It’s All Good Radio speaks about […] & Farnham Grow A Grower Campaign!”

Retro bikes with vintage style for adults Perfect for canal path and countryside leisurely cycling. Single speed for simplicity and low maintenance Back pedal rear brake, rim type front brake Super comfy saddle Wrap-round front and rear mudguards Retro back swept handlebars Bike stand One careful owner. Will be thoroughly serviced. Near perfect condition for both. Only £500 for the two, by pledging to our Grow-a-Grower fund-raiser. By their nature the bikes are not collapsible and so any necessary transportation is by bike rack.

Spring Planting Day at Runfold

This Saturday 26th, 10am to 4pm Come when you can RSVP if you can but not essential Come and enjoy getting your hands dirty at our Spring Planting Day, including erection of the new polytunnel. Learn to sow seeds; help to plant out Spring Onions and Calabrese; put up the strings for the Climbing French Beans; erect the Runner Bean Wigwams and help us with a spot of therapeutic weeding.  

The Hungry Gap

What is it? The excessively wet weather prevented us from cultivating the soil. Cropping plans are at least two weeks behind schedule. Although the sun is finally starting to shine, and the countryside around us is stirring into life, it might surprise you to know that the next two months are actually some of the least productive when it comes to growing organic vegetables. Ladies and gents, welcome to the so-called “hungry gap”! If you are a UK veg grower, it’s fair to say the…Continue Reading “The Hungry Gap”

Grow-a-Grower Campaign 2014 Let’s transform our relationship with food You can make a difference… support our Grow-a-Grower campaign! www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grow-a-grower The cybre-sun must have been shining again today, as our tomatoes have ripened wonderfully; as of writing we’re now at £4,900, which is 98% of our target. The Grow-a-Grower campaign launched on Saturday (5th April) at our main site, Runfold. We’ll be counting down to the close of the campaign with a celebratory Tea Party this Saturday (3rd May) at 2:59pm. Tickets available from Susie or…Continue Reading

FLF Fundraising Barn Dance – Sat. 15 March

Fundraising Barn Dance

I am sure you will all agree with me that having Gavin around is a huge bonus to FLF and he has done a sterling job while Susie has been off. We look forward to seeing what new ideas he brings as he progresses with his Soil Association course.

In order to make sure we can continue to benefit from this invaluable service FLF is launching the ‘Grow a Grower‘ campaign and this will be inaugurated at our fundraising Barn Dance

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