News & Events

Thank you to all members who emailed and called in response to the letter sent on January 22nd regarding the current situation of FLF. The offers of support & continued commitment to FLF are much appreciated.

Having shared the feedback and suggestions from everyone, the Board have agreed that Katie, Jane & Nick can take the project forward which we believe from the feedback will be supported by majority of current members.

Good bye

Gavin will be leaving FLF by the end of March 2017. The Board, on behalf of all our members, would like to thank Gavin for all his tremendous effort over the last three and a half years. Gavin started as our apprentice in 2014 and took over as Head Grower from Susie Crosby in December 2015. Gavin has led FLF through a particularly challenging time in 2016 & 2017 and the Board would like to formally acknowledge his personal leadership & considerable time commitment in managing the closure of Runfold and setting up West Farm. We would like to offer Gavin, Tracey and Jake our very best wishes for the future.

Going Forward

The project will now be led on a day-to-day basis by Katie Forman with the full- time support of Jane Boxall and Nick Follett. They will be making a few changes to how FLF operates, reflecting members’ feedback and will be communicating these over the next couple of months. Please keep an eye on the FLF website and Facebook page where Katie will be posting regular updates.

Changes

One of the first changes is that vegetable share collection will now move from a Saturday to a Thursday, with the growers leading the harvest on that day and members will still be welcome to support harvesting. Members will then be able to collect their pre-bagged shares from the Summerhouse at the Packhouse (Runfold) from 4pm-8pm each Thursday. This will commence on Thursday April 5th and more details will be communicated as we get closer to the date.

Transitional Break

To allow the team time to make the transition, and as we are now entering the hungry gap and have a limited supply of vegetables in the fields at West farm & Dippenhall, the last vegetable share collection from Cupsmiths will be on Saturday March 17th. This does mean there will be no vegetable shares for Saturday March 24th and March 31st and we hope members will understand why we are not going to buy in veg to bridge the two-week gap. We still need members to help with the harvest on the three Saturdays in March so please sign up online via the website if you can.

What next

The next 2-3 months will be a challenging & exciting time and the current board members will support Katie, Jane & Nick to ensure that the day-to-day operations of FLF transition successfully. We really do need the active participation of members to help us with this, including a works party at West Farm to set up storage and irrigation – details to be posted shortly. In addition, we will be looking for more members to join the Board from April 2018 so please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved.

General Meeting

There will be a General Meeting on Saturday April 28th to update members and for the new team to set out their plans for the coming year. We would like to encourage as many members as possible to attend so please put the date in your diary.

On behalf of Elaine Brace, David Hepper, Joanna Herbert Stepney,
Marlies van den Hurk, Sarah King & Alison Wood
Board of Farnham Local Food

Autumn Quiz Night for FLF

Bring your friends and family to a Quiz Night on Sat, 11th November and have fun with topics including veg and gardening! Bring-and-Share buffet, licensed bar also with soft drinks Tickets only £10 (children 12 years & under £5) – includes food, not drinks Proceeds to FLF funds St George’s Hall, Badshot Lea, GU9 9LD, 7.30-10.30pm Teams: from 6-8 people. Let us know if you need more people to make up a team. Organised by Elaine.

Pop Up Farm Shop at Packhouse

Our neighbours Packhouse are kindly hosting us at their summerhouse this Saturday 14th October; we will have a pop up farm shop selling our organically grown veg from the field down the road, including pumpkins! 10am-4pm, see you there.

We won! Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017

We are hugely proud to say on Thursday night, at the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017, Farnham Local Food won the category of Services to the Community. Our growers dressed up in their finest for the night, quite a difference from the usual muddy wellies and waterproofs! After inviting the public to submit nominations on who should win and why, each category was whittled down to three shortlisters. We were up against the Dorking Food Float and Ripley Farmer’s Market. A judge visited…Continue Reading “We won! Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017”

Farm Open Day- CSA Network UK

Sunday 1st October, 10am-3pm West Farm, Tongham Road, Farnham, GU10 1PJ (please park at Packhouse and walk down the lane) As part of the national CSA Network UK Open Day 2017, we are opening our farm gates to the public for a fun filled family day out! – Come and meet our growers and volunteers – Take a tour of the vegetable fields and learn what we grow and how -Pick your own pumpkin in time for halloween – Kids farm trail – Kids crafts…Continue Reading “Farm Open Day- CSA Network UK”

Friday 25th August is the launch date for our new distribution scheme, Fresh Food Fridays. Sign up to collect your veg from 5pm every Friday at the Shepherd and Flock pub. To celebrate the launch we are hosting an evening of free local food and drink at the pub, come along and meet our growers and volunteers… or just catch up with your fellow members! More details here.

Thank you to everyone who nominated us for the Services to the Community category for the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017, we are finalists! We’re so proud to have made it this far, and it’s great recognition for our hard working growers and volunteers. The winner will be announced on 21st September, at the award ceremony. Fingers crossed!

FLF and the Supermarket: a Comparison

We compared a recent FLF standard sized share of 9 items, gram for gram, with those from a leading high end supermarket. Although the supermarket was cheaper by 63p, only 4 of the items were available grown to organic principles/organically certified, and the food miles were considerably higher with countries of origin from all over the globe! We also use much less packaging (and what we do use is degradable). In short, buying your veg from FLF is better for you and for the planet!

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.

Farnham Local Food Sustainability Fayre

Gostrey Meadow, here Saturday June 10th, 11am-4pm.
This year we feel the mood is right to fill a gap in Farnham by the bringing together those who share a similar ethos, whether in biodiversity, gardening, sustainable transport, local food or community projects. We hope to provide an opportunity to cross-fertilise and grow!

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General Meeting: Sat. 18 March 2017

All members are invited to a General Meeting, starting at 2pm at our distribution site, Runwick Hill (Cupsmith), Dippenhall. We have important information to share and discuss, including proposed price increases to keep the project sustainable and fair to our two growers. We also have to make further plans for setting up operations at West Farm, now that we are fully off Runfold and better organised at Dippenhall.

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Courgette Crisis? Not here!

This winter at FLF there’s no Courgette Crisis, the new codename for a supposed nationwide shortage of green veg. If you want courgettes at this time of year they have to be flown or driven from Italy or Spain, anyway. Our members don’t expect them at this time of year. We’re used to seasonal veg and enjoy our own wonderful cabbage, flower sprouts, cauliflowers and other local veg each week.

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Final Runfold work party – moving the Old Shed

We’ve nearly finished! The last Work Party of the ‘Leaving Runfold’ series is this Sunday, 22 Jan, from 10am. We’ll be taking down the last shed and the shelter from the cob oven. The weather forecast looks dry and the track is squishy but passable. Please come and help. Vince will be bringing his trailer to shift the bulky items, which need several bods to lift. Bring any of the following tools on the day: cordless screwdriver, claw hammer, lump hammer, jemmy, strong gloves, lunch…Continue Reading “Final Runfold work party – moving the Old Shed”

Runfold Take-down Work Party No.4 – the Big One

Help! We’re preparing to leave Runfold and have already taken down the polytunnels. Our next task is on Sunday 11th Dec, at Runfold – taking down the Blue Shed and the Shelter. (We’ll also need help at some point in the week following with taking materials off site.)

Work parties start at 10am and finish… whenever. Please bring lunch, if relevant, and come for as much time as you can spare – no min. or max. – with plenty of hot drinks available on site.

It’ll be a social event but with the emphasis on Action. Don’t worry if you’re not in the first flush of youth: we need ladder-stabilisers, packers and labellers besides climbers and spanner-operators. Everyone is valued.

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Join us at the FLF Barn Dance, Sat 3rd Dec

Farnham Local Food presents an evening of food and dancing with local ceilidh band Second Front.ceilidh-band-second-front-live

Buy your tickets online now at our Ticket Tailor event page.

All you need to enjoy a Barn Dance is comfy shoes, cool clothing and a sense of humour – all left feet are welcome however many you have! We’ll have a licence for a bar and will also be serving soft drinks.

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The little plums in the share last Saturday are Britain’s wild plums, also known as Bullaces, from the hedge at West Farm. They’re related to sloes but far less sour and used to be the standard until choice plum varieties such as Victoria were introduced. They are quite ‘dry’ (astringent) and are not great raw but really tasty stewed with Demerara or Muscovado sugar. Don’t bother trying to soak off the skins. Removing the small stones is a pain, too. I’ve a chip pan strainer…Continue Reading “Mini-plums in the share? They’re Bullaces”

Chard Recipes Wanted

Can anyone offer some inspiring ideas for recipes using chard? We are rather short on the recipe page and more than one person has asked about chard recipes. One member said she used it for pesto but I never got her to spell out the detail of whether she steamed, hot soaked or used it raw, and what else she added (sorry I don’t know you name). I hope you’ll fill me in! So with many shares of chard to come please write a recipe…Continue Reading “Chard Recipes Wanted”

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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All members and supporters are welcome at our Annual General Meeting, starting at 2pm. Come and hear the latest on the veg we’re growing this year, improvements at our Dippenhall site, progress at our new West Farm site, membership, financial challenges, outreach events and much more. *** Pizzas from 1pm. Note that we’re baking on the 9th, not the 2nd, to coincide with the AGM *** Bring anything else you’d like to share for lunch.

Summer Fete and Plant Sale

It’s that time of year again! Put the 5th June in your diary, clear some space in your garden and come along to Runfold with your friends. Click the image to download a printable PDF Farnham Local Food presents the Veg-Garden Summer Fete & Plant Sale Sunday 5th June 2016, 11am – 4pm Plants for sale Tea & cakes Live music Guided tours Family activities (No dogs on site please – we grow food!)