Combining the convenience of internet shopping with the satisfaction of meeting the people who actually produce the food you buy, the Halifax Food Assembly is the twenty-first century solution to sourcing the very best local food, grown or bred sustainably, by people in this area.
Creative Calderdale member, Carol Longbottom has branched out from her business CJ Editorial, to set up the first Food Assembly in West Yorkshire, inspired by the research she completed as part of her PhD looking at food security issues.
The concept is very simple and everyone’s a winner. Members can shop online for their weekly food groceries, choosing from a wide range of fresh and seasonal local produce, such as fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, meat and so on.
It doesn’t cost anything to become a member and it’s up to you how much you buy and how often. As a member all you have to do is pop along to your weekly collection at All Saints Parish Hall, every Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm to collect your produce and meet the farmers and artisans who have produced it.
Carol Longbottom, local food enthusiast and host of the Halifax Food Assembly was delighted with everyone’s support: “At our weekly collections people are keen to chat to our producers about their products; the meat they’ve farmed, the cheese they’ve made, the milk from their cows only three miles down the road. Our producers are really local, with Derek from Heritage Kitchen, travelling the furthest and that’s only 14 miles. Our producers travel on average only six and a half miles to reach the venue.
“We now have 367 members, which is fantastic. There seems to be a real appetite for local food, grown, raised and produced by people who are our neighbours. We already have 12 excellent producers on board and we are hoping that the Halifax Food Assembly will grow with more members and more producers to offer even more choice,” Carol added.
Members can enjoy the delights of Mexican street food from Rick and Ed; pies, pastries and quiches from Your Secret Gourmet; pickles and marmalades from Heritage Kitchen; and fantastic cheeses from Pextenement.
These are all offered alongside amazing sausages from Porcus; wonderful Yorkshire bred lamb and beef from KLS; gorgeous duck and hen eggs from Lower Balkram Edge Farm and fresh milk, including raw milk, from Heath Lea Farm.
From high above Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Sagar Lane produce fruit, vegetables and salad crops. Yorkshire Dama Cheese, of Linthwaite, La Cucina di Francesca, of Cleckheaton and LoveBread of Brighouse also all supply the assembly.
To find out more visit the website at www.thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/8320