Tonight was the first community meal made from the box of Organic and local food we are getting delivered each week from Boxfresh. Their policy is...
Local (85% of the veg we deliver is grown within 60 miles of Shrewsbury.)
Organic (They are registered with the Soil Association as an organic retailer and all produce is registered organic.)
Fresh (Most of the fresh produce comes to you within 48 hours of picking on the farm.) - which effectively means that the produce reflects the season.
The reason we have done it as a community is that we want to be as ethical as possible; reducing over farming and chemical use, reducing food milage, supporting small businesses... we want to try to be more seasonal; seeing what it might mean to reflect the seasons and their produce, the rhythms of creation, there is something that just seems right about eating food in it's season... rather than eating tasteless strawberries in December lets enjoy them at their best in the summer... and we hope to enjoy the surprise and diversity of making meals from what arrives rather than simply going to the Supermarket and buying the same old things... so tonight we had Sweet and Spicy Broth made from caramelised onions, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, sweetcorn and cherry tomatoes (with Paprika, ground Black Pepper and Tabasco) with home-made bread... perfect for a cold windy evening!