12 September 2016
A fantastic new initiative to buy and sell fresh locally sourced goods is set to open in Lee, straddling both Greenwich and Lewisham Boroughs.
The Lee Food Assembly pioneers a more ethical and sustainable way to source fresh, seasonal and homemade goods from local suppliers during the week, and every Thursday at the lovely 'Home cafe' where buyers can also meet the producers.
So far the Lee food Assembly has on board a vegetable and fruit farm in Dartford, a grass fed meat and dairy farm in Kent, a fishmonger in Haywards Heath, 2x microbakeries in Shooters Hill and Chislehurst, a jam maker in Peckham, a patisserie in Lee... and that’s only the start.
This is a fantastic initiative and one the Greenwich Green Party is very proud to support.
By sourcing goods locally you can cut a significant amount of carbon out of the supply chain, keep tabs on how ethically your food is produced and reduce waste. And by supporting local business you make sure that a good proportion of the money you earn is invested back into your own community.
By shopping at a food assembly you support:
1) Access to top quality locally produced food.
2) ZERO food waste- farmers know how much they’ve sold in advance.
3) A fairer deal for producers, who take over 80% of the sales as opposed to under 20% when sold in a supermarket.
4) A fun hub and an opportunity to meet the producers themselves.
Producers pay 16.7 % of their pre-tax turnover and organisers get half of that for their time and the other half pays for admin.
If you’d like to sign up please go to this link https://foodassembly.com/en/assemblies/8688
Ordering opens on Friday 23rd September, and the first collection (and launch!) will be on Thursday 29th September.
This will be in the lovely Home cafe on Lee Road where the assembly will operate every Thursday from then on between 6:30-8:30pm.
Please do show support – with good uptake there is no reason why this model of sustainable living can’t take off and spread far and wide.