Local produce: low carbon and high taste – from Simone Castello

final-front-flyerThe resurgence of farmers’ markets and the rise of organic farming have been supported by a growing number of consumers wanting fresh, seasonal produce that is as natural and flavoursome as only local fare can be. The raw food movement is also gaining popularity as more and more of us attempt to hit the 5-a-day target and introduce children to less processed food and snacks.

If you live in Cambridge, you can now buy fresh food and drinks from a growing network of East Anglian independent producers and retailers, including The Cambridge Food Assembly and the long-standing Cambridge Organic Food Company’s box scheme. The newly-launched Cambridge Food Collective is a small but ambitious company that aims to create a lively community of food lovers, while showcasing the best local produce and products that have no shelf space in supermarkets.

The Collective has been launched with the slogan ‘Great food from local producers. One basket, fairly priced’. Its website clearly explains the pricing policy: “We’ve done our best to keep prices competitive. Of course some of our products are special treats or special occasion food, but it is all of superb quality and where possible locally sourced.”

Cambridge Food Collective not only sells fresh fruit and veg, but also dairy, meat, bakery and store-cupboard products like coffee, muesli, granola, pasta and flour. Snacks, drinks and ready meals are also available. And if you spend over £60, there is free delivery for CB1-CB5 postcodes.

To nurture its community of local foodies, Cambridge Food Collective is planning to expand its recipe section, which includes the mouth-watering Cinnamon Apple Meringue Tartlets, and to organise tastings and other events.

In the meantime, you can meet some local producers and retailers by attending the Cambridge Pumpkin Festival, which features a pop-up Farmers’ Market on Sunday October 23rd at the Cambridge Museum of Technology. A full list of family-friendly events is at cambridgepumpkinfestival.org.uk and on its Facebook page.