To celebrate the best in local and organic food, we swing into Autumn with a series of free events, called Awesome Autumn, to herald the change of season.
Events include opportunities for customers to meet local and artisan producers, talk about why organic farming matters, and celebrate the 4th birthday of the Better Food Clifton store.
Better Food Harvest Celebrations
All day, both Clifton and St Werburghs stores
Early October is when Harvest officially happens for us, though new season treats are coming in all the time – think rosy apples, weirdly mis-shapen squash, juicy roots. All organic, local and fantastic. Our most prolific suppliers at this time of year are Joe Pardoe’s Organic Orchards and The Community Farm.
Joe Pardoe is a fourth generation fruit grower. On his Herefordshire farm he grows 19 acres of apples, 4.5 acres of pears, 1.5 acres of plums and 5 acres of cherries. Our MD Phil has worked with Pardoes since they became organic in the early 1980s.
The Community Farm in Chew Magna grew out of Better Food itself and are our organic veg champions. A wonderful social and agricultural project, they also supply us with most of our vegetables. At this time of year, they really come into their own. For more about how to get involved, see www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk.
Clifton Store is Four!
Sat 18th Oct
Celebrate with us on Saturday 18th October throughout the day. We’ll have producers in-store, hot smoked meat from The Story Group outside, lots to sample and a great deal of bonhomie.
Dirty Business: the farmer, the social pioneer and the conservationist – Review
Phil Haughton, MD and chair of the evening
Our in house talk in September was a huge success and an absolute delight to be part of. Our guests (Garth Clark, Yeo Valley Farm’s MD, Lee Holdstock, Soil Association’s Trade Manager and Andy Dibben, Head Grower at The Community Farm), wove their stories together in a fascinating way, sharing their vast array of experience and knowledge. It was an inspiring evening.
We called it Dirty Business in deference to the soil. The farmer – Garth, organic sceptic, turned convert; the social pioneer – Andy, lifelong farmer and believer in social justice in the countryside; and the conservationist – Lee, who came to work at the Soil Association because of concerns about the environment.
If you missed it, we filmed the evening and the edited highlights will be on our website soon.
Health Talk – Nutrition for mother and baby
Paul Naude MSc Nutritional Therapist
Thursday 23rd October, from 5.30pm
St Werburghs Café
Paul Naude returns for another fascinating talk on how mums can optimise their own nutritional health for their own and their baby’s benefit. The talk will followed by an audience Q&A session. Key themes are nutrients for healthy fertility, pregnancy, & breastfeeding.
Goody bags available for attendees along with 10% off any Solgar product on the night, subject to T&Cs. Plus, buy one get one free offer on Solgar Female Multivitamin throughout October, and 20% off Solgar Prenatal Nutrients.
The Community Clinic
Saturdays, 10am-4pm, St Werburghs
Just a little shout out for The Community Clinic who use the little room at the back of our St Werburgh’s store on Saturdays. They offer a wide range of holistic therapies at a really good price, with discounts for people on low incomes. To find out more, visit the Community Clinic Website or contact Teresa on 07982 243 804.
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