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!
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!
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.
Gostrey Meadow, here Saturday June 10th, 11am-4pm.
Continue Reading "Farnham Local Food Sustainability Fayre"
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!
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.Continue Reading "General Meeting: Sat. 18 March 2017"
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.Continue Reading "Courgette Crisis? Not here!"
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”
From January 2017 all veg distribution is from a barn behind the house of our friends George & Emma of Cupsmith Coffee at Runwick Hill, Dippenhall. For more info and a map please see this page, which is also accessible directly from About Us > How to Find Us. David
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.Continue Reading "Runfold Take-down Work Party No.4 – the Big One"
Please take a look at our latest Fundraising effort: the FLF Sale of Promises. Offer or bid for services or treats, with the proceeds going to FLF funds. The full list is available from the Events menu or click here.
General Meeting report – with thanks to Marlies for taking the minutes and writing them up. Report (PDF)
Our annual Accounts to March 2016, as submitted to the FCA, are now available to members on this site. David
Farnham Local Food presents an evening of food and dancing with local ceilidh band Second Front.
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.Continue Reading "Join us at the FLF Barn Dance, Sat 3rd Dec"
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”
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”
Our Annual General Meeting was held on the 9th July 2016 at the Runfold site. Here are the official Minutes from Marlies. FLF AGM 2016-07-09
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.Continue Reading "This weeks share – 16th July 2016"
We had an excellent day on Friday is glorious weather, helping prepare our Dippenhall site to become the veg distribution hub for our activities after we move from Runfold.Continue Reading "Lloyds Bank ‘Give & Gain Day’ clears the way for visitors to Dippenhall"
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.
Peppy has produced some last-minute advice for our seedling-growers. Click the links below to download the Letter and Instructions. Letter for plant bonanza on June 5th Seedling instructions – sowing plan 2016
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!)
Try these one to use the Rocket mix & garlic in today’s share
- Cheesy rocket scones (really easy!)
- Rocket & walnut pesto (and vegan version)
- Potato, garlic & rocket soup
Try one of these recipes using the fantastic savoy cabbages in this week’s share!Continue Reading "Savoy cabbage recipe links"
Looking for some inspiration for the Celeriac that was in your share this week ? Here is a few ideas … Celeriac, pear and blue cheese soup www.taste.com.au or www.deliaonline.com Celeriac & carrot rosti cake with remoulade sauce www.kelliesfoodtoglow.com Celeriac, leek, chestnut & cranberry pie www.demuths.co.uk Celeriac and cauliflower curry www.myhealthygourmet.me Celeriac salad with walnuts, olive oil & lemon and pomegranate dressing www.ozlemsturkishtable.com Celeriac, mushroom & tomato lasagna www.greenkitchenstories.com Celeriac butternut squash lasagna www.mynewroots.org
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”
Our General Meeting on the 11th of this month was primarily to discuss our urgent search for a new Site and our need to find a Grower for when Susie leaves us at the end of this year. Do take a look at the Minutes, carefully taken and written up by Marlies. Feel free to comment – here, or in person to any board member. Open Meeting Minutes PDF David, Secretary