Halifax Food Assembly Celebrates its First Anniversary
The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun Ferman Ali and Mrs Shaheen Ali, will also attend the event, which takes place at All Saints Parish Hall, Godfrey Road, Halifax from 4.15pm to 6.15pm.
Set up in July last year, the Halifax Food Assembly now has 19 local food producers supplying over 760 members, who shop online and collect their order from the weekly collection in Skircoat Green. This click and collect for local food makes it easy for customers to buy their food locally and support local farmers, growers and artisans. And it is still the only food assembly open in Yorkshire.
“We are trailblazers here in Halifax. In the last year we have grown from an idea to a thriving local food network, bringing local people together with our excellent local food producers,” explained Carol Longbottom, the host of the food assembly.
“We will be celebrating our birthday with food; how else. Please come along, talk to our producers, taste their lovely products and find out how the food assembly works. And anyone placing an order for July 5th will be put into the free draw to win a hamper full of tasty goodies from our producers.
“We’re here every Wednesday between 4.15pm and 6.15pm so people can meet the people who farm, grow, bake and make their food. This is a great way to directly support local food producers, many of whom operate small family owned businesses,” Carol added. “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,” explained Carol.
“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 shop in the comfort of your own home and pop along to your weekly collection.”
Carol continued: “It’s better for the environment too. 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 4.7 miles to reach the venue; helping to cut food miles.
“We now have 762 members, which is fantastic. There seems to be a real appetite for local food, grown, raised and produced by people who are our neighbours,” Carol added.
Members can enjoy the delights of smoked and fresh fish from Chapelbank Smokehouse; pies, pastries and quiches from Your Secret Gourmet; pickles and marmalades from Heritage Kitchen; and fantastic cheeses from Pextenement, as well as cooking oils and sauces from Temujin Restaurant.
These are all offered alongside amazing sausages and bacon 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 in the spring, summer and autumn and Incredible Aquagarden produce herbs, chillies and salad. Yorkshire Dama Cheese, of Sowerby Bridge, La Cucina di Francesca, of Cleckheaton and LoveBread of Brighouse also all supply the assembly.