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Food

You can significantly reduce your impact on the environment by choosing to:

  • Buy food that is produced locally
  • Grow your own food
  • Eat food that is in season
  • Support organic growing methods that minimise the use of oil based chemicals and machinery
  • Waste less food

These actions will reduce transportation, packaging & storage requirements and your own carbon footprint. Shopping locally is also important for our local economy. Your food will be fresher and cheaper if you grow your own, plus you get some exercise while you're at it.

Locally Produced Food

Wantage Farmers Market - Held on last Saturday each month in Wantage Market Square 8.30am-1pm.

Country Market - Held on Fridays 9.30am – 10.45am at the Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church St, Wantage. Wide range of excellent cakes and preserves.

Challow Hill Farm - Family run farm producing beef, lamb and rare breed pork sold at farmers markets. Challow Hill Farm, East Challow, Wantage.

Dews Meadow Farm - Farm Shop on Oxford Road, East Hanney (A338) sells bacon, sausages, pies, burgers, local veg and deli products. Open every day except Tues, plus attends farmers markets.

Millets Farm Shop - Local food grown at Millets Farm, Frilford Heath, or sourced from local suppliers.

Marco Polo Bakery - Continental bakers based in Grove, selling at farmers markets.

Q Gardens - Fruit and meat produced on their own farm plus a wide range of local produce. Milton Hill,
Steventon.

Sheepdrove Organic Farm Organic meat producers based in Lambourn, with a delivery service.

The Old Farm Shop - Eggs, lamb, poultry and game, unsprayed fruit and vegetables. Milton Hill, Harwell.

The Old Farmhouse Bakery - Traditional and unusual breads and pastries, British cheeses. Based in Steventon.

Uffington Farmers Market - Every third Sunday of the month in the car park of the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington. SN7 7SB. 10 am to 12.30 pm

 

Wessex Mill Flour - Local flour producers in Mill St, Wantage.


Montgomery's Butchers, Wallingford St, Wantage, also stock local produce wherever possible.

Let us know of any more local food suppliers you would like to see included here.

It's also good to support Fairtrade products as this promotes sustainable and ethical food production around the world. Look out for the logo.

Growing Your Own Food

You can grow food successfully in several different ways and you don’t have to have a huge garden or be an expert gardener to do it. Containers can be used in smaller spaces or you could apply to get an allotment from the council. There is lots of great advice both online and in books, so go for it!

Allotments

There are five allotment sites in Wantage: Grove Road, Lark Hill, Letcombe Field, Naldertown, and Stockham Park. Contact: Wantage Town Council, (01235) 763459, Email: wantageclerk@btconnect.com

Grove has two sites: Millbridge Allotments (adjacent to the Recreation Ground) and the Village Hall Allotments (located behind the Village Hall, off Main Street). Contact: Grove Parish Council, (01235) 766599, Email:  info@grove-oxon.org.uk

Local Organisations

Grove Horticultural Society has regular talks and run a spring and summer show. Tel: (01235) 764303 for more details.

Wantage Gardeners Association has a shop that opens on Saturday mornings during Spring & Summer to offer garden supplies on a co-op basis. Fertilizers, compost, seed trays and many other products are purchased in bulk and sold at good value prices. Gardening related day trips are also organised. www.wantagegardeners.org.uk

The Oxford Garden Project in Longworth runs courses and volunteer days on their deep-bed, no-dig vegetable gardens and is highly recommended: www.oxfordgardenproject.com/?page_id=353

Newbury and Vale & Downland Beekeepers' Associations provide information and have talks on beekeeping locally. http://home.btconnect.com/fyfebeeweb/index.html

For general tips and useful links on food growing this site is excellent:

http://www.allotment.org.uk/

There is a section on container growing for those with less space:

http://www.allotment.org.uk/container-growing/index.php

Eating Food in Season

There is less energy required to grow and transport local seasonal food and therefore less impact on the environment. Seasonal food is also fresher and so tends to be tastier and more nutritious. For more information of what’s in season and some tasty recipes go to: www.eattheseasons.co.uk

Organically Grown Food

Over 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food and farming. Nitrogen fertiliser manufacturing is the worst offender. To produce just one tonne takes one tonne of oil, seven tonnes of greenhouse gasses and one hundred tonnes of water. By choosing organic, local and seasonal, we can reduce our carbon footprint. This is just one good reason to buy and grow organically, find out more on the Soil Association website:

http://www.soilassociation.org/

Garden Organic also have a good website:

http://gardenorganic.org.uk/

Reducing Food Waste I's estimated that 8 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK each year.  The reasons to reduce this waste are many, not least the waste of energy, water and packaging used to produce, store and transport it.  There are simple things we can do to create less waste and save ourselves money on top. Some simple things to remember include:

  • Buy only the food you need
  • Use left overs the following day or freeze them
  • Use up food in ‘best before’ date order
  • Remember the reusable bags!

 

Oxforshire Councils are supporting the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign. There is useful information on their websites:

www.oxfordshirewaste.gov.uk

www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/

 

 

 


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