Shoppers are being encouraged to ‘shake the hand that feeds you’ and buy locally produced food and drink via The Cowbridge Food Collective.
Previously known as The Cowbridge Food Assembly, the organisation has just undergone a re-brand and has launched a website www.cowbridgefoodcollective.co.uk which includes an online ordering facility.
Each producer is from within 30 miles of Cowbridge, with a fantastic array of produce available from meat, seafood, and dairy products, to bakery goods, vegetables, ready-to-eat meals, and drinks. Also, as thoughts begin to turn towards Christmas there are also foodie gifts available.
Producers include: The Cowbridge Cook, Billy’s Bread, Elwyn’s Produce, Artisan Kitchen, Pwllwrach Farm, Sloane Home, Tynycaia Farm, Baked by Mel, Vale Cider, Breakfast & Me, Bont Brew, Cowbridge Country Market, The Welsh Cheese Company, Field Bar, Flapjack Fairy, The Parsnipship, Ty Tanglwyst Dairy, Bodloni, Two Dogs Coffee Roasting Company, Coed-y-Rhyd Farm, Drwytho, Mackerel Mel, and Ty Siriol Welsh Pork.
Customers simply place their orders on the website and then pick them up at The Cowbridge Food Collective’s weekly Thursday night Farmers Market held at Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s canteen between 5.30pm and 7pm.
Not only can they be sure of the quality and provenance of the products are buying, but they get the opportunity to meet the producers and talk about their businesses and products.
Says CFC co-ordinator Myfanwy Edwards, “We are fortunate to have many excellent local producers in this area, and I have been involved with many of them through the Vale of Glamorgan Farmers’ Market for many years. I am passionate about local food and making it easily accessible to as many people as possible. The natural progression was to set up an online Farmers Market, and The Food Collective was born.”
The Cowbridge Food Collective operates to a policy of having ‘no waste, low food miles, minimum packaging, and fairness to the producers’.
Orders may be placed online between Thursday evening and midnight on Tuesday night, which gives the producers two days to prepare their goods, and exactly to order, so there is no waste. There are also plans to introduce an App, which will make ordering even easier.
Says Myfanwy, “Our loyal customers will be given a free handmade denim shopping bag after they have shopped with us 12 times. These beautiful handmade re-usable denim shopping bags are made by Patsy of Seaside Vintage and the logo embroidered by Trustmark Design & Print in Talbot Green, so it’s a truly local product given out as a ‘thank you’ for supporting us.”
For more information visit: www.cowbridgefoodcollective.co.uk