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Archie Browns is a thriving health food shop, therapy space and café that aims to provide people with the choice of a healthy lifestyle and empower them to look after their own health by providing a friendly helpful service with an all round uplifting and inspiring environment. The Health Food Store provides a vast range of foods, supplements, beauty products and environmentally friendly cleaning products. They stock organic, fairtrade, vegetarian and vegan foods, teas, coffees and drinks, including foods for special diets. Savouries and sweets are also available to buy and are all made in their café kitchen. They encourage and support buying produce locally. In the shop they have local cheeses, honey, milk, eggs and yogurt. The café opens daily Mon-Sat, 9am to 5.00pm. It cooks fresh vegan and vegetarian food every day from - where possible - locally sourced and organic produce. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables from local sources, Molly's eggs from Treen near Lands End and local milk and cheeses.
Baker Tom’s has been winner of Cornwall Life's Best Food Product of the Year award. At their bakery in Redruth they bake fresh bread, specialty breads, pastries and cakes using traditional baking methods and the finest organic ingredients. Baker Tom’s Bread shops are in Truro, Wadebridge, Falmouth and the bread is also available in Pool.
Baker Tom, Lemon Street Market, Truro, TR1 2QD – Tel: 01872 277496
Baker Tom Shop and Café, 10b Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3DR – Tel: 01326 318221
The Bakery Shop and Café, Wilson Way, Pool, TR15 3RT – Tel: 01209 218989
Baker Tom, 1 The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AD
Bosavern Farm was a Cornwall Council owned organic farm on the outskirts of St Just which had been used to encourage new farmers into agriculture since the First World war. In 2009 Cornwall Council considered selling the site but after representation and proposals from the local community a short lease was granted to the Lands End Peninsula Community Land Trust. This was to give time for the community to show that it could manage the farm and to raise the funds to purchase the site. This has now happened and the purchase went through in March 2014. They grow vegetables, and keep chickens, pigs, and turkeys and sell these through veg boxes and a farm gate shop. There are plenty of opportunities for volunteering!
The Bosparva Bakery was created by Jordan Jones in 2013 at the age of 18. After a childhood of baking heavy cakes and butterfly buns with her Granny in Cornwall it was time for her to follow her dream of becoming a baker. With only one oven in a small home kitchen she began making bread and cakes for small local markets and shops. Jordan's main aim when opening the bakery was to produce a wide range of organic breads that everyone could love for every occasion. With this in mind she's created signature loaves like her 'Earl Grey Tea and Apricot' loaf or 'Carrot and fresh Coriander,' both of which fly out at food festivals and markets. Two years she was running a purpose built bakery making over 50 types of sweet and savory breads and a wide range of cakes and delicate french macarons. She attends Farmers' Market every week in Penzance, St Ives and Pendeen.
Agroforestry Services - located just outside Falmouth - have their own Forest Garden and practise Forest Gardening and Agroforestry techniques suitable for the temperate climate of the UK. Forest Gardening and Agroforestry is the interaction of plants that are edible, medicinal, or of some use to mankind and the Eco system alike. It integrates aspects of forestry, agriculture and horticulture, but focuses primarily on perennials, trees, shrubs, herbaceous, ground cover and climbing plants. The interaction between plants and the Eco system is a multidimensional one. They offer landscaping, plant supplies, consultancy as well as garden tours, talks and courses.
The Mcfadden family are proud farmers and have been farming their own 42 acres of land since the family business was established. This has always enabled them to rear their own pigs and sheep in order to supply their shop and bakery with guaranteed quality local Cornish produce. They provide complete traceability of all livestock from birth to the butcher’s block. They lamb their sheep between October and March and this enables them to have a steady supply of the very best quality lamb throughout the year. They also keep a constant supply of healthy pigs which are traditionally fattened and used for their own shop and Mcfadden’s products. Master butcher and owner Kevin Mcfadden will only purchase the finest quality beef from Truro livestock market every Wednesday. Kevin takes great care in selecting local produce and always ensures that meat is sourced from a high standard of breeding, therefore guaranteeing they have complete traceability for their beef.
The PEaT (Plant, Eat and Teach) Project is an open gardening programme which includes a wide range of informal learning activities aimed at helping people gain valuable skills and acquire accredited qualifications if wished, whilst promoting a healthier lifestyle. They have an acre of prime growing land on the outskirts of Penzance where they teach the basics of growing your own vegetables. Various accredited (NOCN) and non-accredited courses are delivered throughout the project with the emphasis always on providing a training area where people of all levels of abilities and skills will be able to integrate happily with activities on site and with other volunteers.
Volunteers benefit through increased self-confidence and self-esteem, gaining new skills, enhanced employability if in the job market plus improved health and wellbeing through exercise out in the open air which is proven to be beneficial to both mind and body.
POGG is the Penwith part of this organisation and was founded in 1990. Both groups are affiliated to Garden Organic, the national organic association, and they have the same aims: to help their members gain from each other’s experiences of gardening and growing using organic methods by pooling ideas and knowledge. They also aim to promote the organic movement to a wider audience, as well as among manufacturers and retailers. POGG and HOGG work closely together, with the structure of both groups kept to the minimum necessary. They hold friendly informal meetings which are an ideal opportunity for exchanging tips, contacts and information. Summer meetings take the form of visits to gardens (members’ and others); speakers and topics of interest are arranged for the winter months.
Penwith Environmental Network was set up in 1984 and became a charity in 1987. For many years it ran an open centre for the public to access information about environmental issues in Penwith. The charity has gradually evolved into a network promoting environmental issues in a local context. Increasing environmental awareness through education and networking with other groups in Penwith. The main body of its work is now centred on the Edible Forest, wildlife meadow and community garden at Love Lane, Badger's Garden Community Supported Agriculture scheme and managing Millennium Woods. It has been awarded a grant to create Penwith Edible Forest; a mixture of fruit trees and shrubs planted to mimic forest layers with the aim to maximise fruit yield, be low maintenance and have maximum wildlife value. PEN now hosts practical courses in all aspects of forest gardening.
If you're going to be using a supermarket then the least worst one that you can use has to be The Co-operative Food. As part of the largest consumer co-op in the world it's owned by its membership. That could very easily include you as it doesn't cost anything to join and if you have your card swiped every time that you purchase something then you'll receive your share of the "dividend" at the end of the year. As one of the smaller players in the market The Co-operative is unlikely to be as cheap as the really big supermarkets but it's surprising how much comes back in the form of the dividend and other member benefits making the difference not as great. Most importantly you know where the money you spend there is going and - as a member - you have the opportunity to vote for people to go on the area, regional and national committees which control the organisation. The Co-operative is well represented in Penwith - of the local stores the largest is in Hayle.
18 Copper Terrace, Hayle TR27 4EB
114-117 Market Jew Street, Penzance TR18 2LD
6 Queens Square, Penzance TR18 2JJ
The Promenade, Wherrytown, Penzance TR18 4NP
18 The Strand, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5HN
The Stennack, St Ives TR26 1DB
Royal Square, St Ives TR26 2ND
13-14 Tregenna Place, St Ives TR26 1SD
The Cornish Chicken Co started on a family farm in Morvah in 2013. They'd noticed a gap in the market for great quality chicken produced in Cornwall. Until then all the chicken sold in Cornwall came predominately from Devon. They now supply many of the best restaurants in Cornwall. They also want to share their delicious free-range chicken with domestic kitchens; and you can find us them at various farmers’ markets and farm shops across the county.
Vicki Marshall is a gardener, plantswoman and nursery owner based on the southern slopes of Godolphin Hill between Helston, Penzance and St Ives. For more than 15 years she has trialled rose varieties for their suitability of growing in the maritime climate of Cornwall. In addition to roses, the nursery also produces a wide range of herbs and a selection of interesting, often aromatic plants for the garden. As well as running the nursery on Godolphin Hill, The Garden Lady is to be found at many Farmers Markets and local produce markets in the area.
Trevaskis Farm offers just about everything. You can pick your own fruit and vegetables, buy produce from their farm shop, eat at their restaurant and learn about organic farming. They also offer opportunities for schools, colleges, adult education and social groups to learn more about the origins of the food they eat.
Stevenson have over 100 years of history and the largest privately owned fleet in Britain. They catch, land and sell the finest fresh fish from Newlyn harbour. Their own fleet of boats allows them to have control over the entire process, from catching the fish, washing, icing and storage to final sale. With careful handling throughout the entire process, they can ensure you get the highest quality fish on your plate every time. Visit their shop in Newlyn to see the quality of the fish for yourself or have a box of fish delivered by first class courier, direct to your door.
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and WWOOF UK holds a list of organic farms, gardens and smallholdings, all offering food and accommodation in exchange for practical help on their land. Hosts range from a low impact woodland settlement to a 600 hectare mixed holding with on-site farm shop, cafe and education centre. Hosts do not expect you to know a lot about farming when you arrive, but they do expect you to be willing to learn and able to fit in with their lifestyle. All WWOOF hosts must sign a declaration stating that they are farming using ecologically sound methods. Some are also certified organic or biodynamic by national bodies. The list of hosts is available by joining WWOOF UK for a membership fee. Once you have the list, it is up to you to contact hosts directly to arrange your stay. Volunteers do not pay to stay with hosts and hosts do not pay volunteers for their help. There are several local WWOOF hosts.
The West Cornwall Farmers’ Market Project is an innovative scheme directly targeting support to farming families throughout the area. It has been set up to increase micro producers’ ability to sell food directly to local people, thereby reducing food miles and packaging while supporting the rural economy.
Paul Farmers' Market
Every Wednesday, 10.00 - 12.00
The Village Hall, Paul, Penzance TR19 6UG
Pendeen Farmers' Market
First and Third Saturday of every month, 10.00 – 13.00
The Centre of Pendeen, Pendeen, Penzance TR19 7SE
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This site will help you in your quest to buy and eat local food. You know that you have bought locally when you can find out who produced your food. Local food will also be seasonal food. Global food distribution has meant that we can buy almost any food at any time of the year. Whilst this has given us far greater choice in the food we eat, the cost of this has been great: vegetables are picked before they are ripe; varieties are chosen for long shelf life and transportation instead of taste; and food is overpackaged and treated.