Friday, 28 June 2013

Fresh and Green: open day Sunday 7th July

This is an example of local food production:


Welcome To Fresh and Green

At Fresh and Green we supply seasonal, naturally grown vegetables and herbs. We grow our produce in fertile, well composted soil in the Otter valley without using any artificial fertilisers or pesticides.

We supply our customers through a weekly bag scheme having harvested and packed our vegetables early in the morning so they will reach you as fresh as is possible.

The vegetables we supply are seasonal and we aim to offer as much variety as possible. 

This business had applied for planning permission: 

And earlier this month were granted permission after an appeal:


A note from Ruth and Mole who have won their recent planning appeal for permission to live at their field at Southerton where they grow over fifty different varieties of vegetables and fruit for their box scheme and also have chickens ducks and pigs to help with the gardening -
“A very Heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who took the trouble to write letters of support to the inspectorate – they were read and taken notice of! The sustainability benefits of the enterprise were recognised by the inspector and she could see why doing what we do requires us to be there all day every day. So now it is onwards and upward with growing even more and better veg, and allowing our chickens and ducks to make best use of the veg ground before and after cropping."

We would now like to invite you all to the 

Fresh and Green Open Day and Cake Extravaganza on Sunday 7th July, 12 O’clock onwards, at our growing site –   Hoppins Field, Southerton, near NewtonPoppleford

Come and see how and where we grow our veg, meet some of the Fresh and Green Team – including the chickens, ducks and pigs, and join us for lashings of tea and cake.
As usual we are holding our Annual Charity Baking Competition on the same day. Categories this year are – 1. Cake with a vegetable ingredient. 2. Scone with a vegetable and or herb ingredient, and new category for this year to celebrate the arrival of our laying birds (and because we’re greedy) 3. Quiche/tart/flan with a vegetable ingredient.
All entries need to be onsite for judging (sorry no vacancies for that job) by 3pm. After the prize giving, entries will be sold to raise funds for ‘Practical Action’ who find and fund small scale sustainable solutions to poverty in the developing world. Last year we raised over £80 this way, and we’d like to do even better this year especially as we will be celebrating “10 years of Fresh and Green”.

We are also looking for a few new folk for our ‘volunteers for veg (and eggs) scheme.’ We have a small team of volunteers who come to our veg field on a regular basis to help out and in return they receive a bag of veg and a box of eggs. No previous gardening experience is required, in fact it might be a useful way of picking up some new skills. All you need is to be reasonably fit and not mind a bit of ‘weather’. One of our volunteers commented that “it’s like having an allotment – only you get a guaranteed return for your labours!” If you or any one you know might be interested then do get in touch Email freshandgreenvegetables@talktalk.net
Visit our (due for a refresh) website for a location map www.freshandgreenvegetables.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you at the Open Day if not before. “                                           
Ruth and Mole.

And they appear every month at the Ottery and Sidmouth Community Markets. 

Community Market

Photograph of sheep in a field
The Food Group organise the monthly community market in Sidmouth
The Community Market usually takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month at St John Ambulance Hall, Blackmore Drive, EX10 8LA
The aim is to provide Sidmouthians and visitors with the opportunity to buy locally produced meat, bakery goods and vegetables, as well as local crafts.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with serving refreshments.
Contact me if you'd like to hire a table or help out with organising the market.
Regular supplies include Riverwood Farm meats and sausages, Fresh and Green vegetables, Cooks Farm PreservesSmallicombe Farm woollens, sheepskins and meat, wonderful flowers and jams, greetings cards, Artisan Sourdough breads and more!

Next one on Saturday 13th July.

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