This December, Cultivate are partnering with their fellow Earth Trust Farm Step tenants to present a series of festive feast ideas, showing the local community that their festive meals can easily be sourced entirely from local producers.
Oxford is a city that consumes nearly 130,000 tonnes of food a year, yet only 52% is sourced within the UK and a mere 1% comes from local sources. For every £1 spent at a chain supermarket, only 10-12p stays in the local economy. But by shopping locally, 70p from every pound goes back into the local economy so it makes your area better off. There can also be benefits to the environment from reductions in transportation and packaging.
The Farm Step tenants make up a community of businesses based on the Earth Trust Farm; they are producing food and other products and selling them locally. The Earth Trust’s Farm Step initiative is based on sustainable land management, where economically viable and independent businesses thrive.
Cultivate will be hosting and celebrating a different Farm Step business at their regular VegVan and market stops each week throughout December, offering tasters, recipe ideas, a chance to talk to the producers and opportunities to make a purchase should it take your fancy. There will also be the chance to pre-order your Cultivate produce to collect in time for Christmas.
During the first week (1st-4th December) Emma from Emma’s Ewesful Acres will be offering lamb, hogget and mutton. Following that (8th-11th), you’ll be able to learn about Cooper’s Oxford Pork port cuts, sausages and bacon and the Oxford Sandy and Black pigs they come from. In the third week (15th-18th), Fraser and Rachel from Norton & Yarrow Cheese will be selling their award-winning goats’ cheese, and in the final few days before Christmas (22nd-24th) you can pick up some delicious honey from Brightwell Bees.
Cultivate’s December stops:
- Thursdays 3-8pm, outside The Rusty Bicycle, Magdalen Road
- Fridays 12-6pm, Little Clarendon Street
- Saturdays 9.30am-3pm, outside Barclays Bank, Old High Street, Headington
- Sundays 10am-2 pm, Summertown Farmers Market, Banbury Road
- Saturday 10th December 10am-2 pm, North Parade Market, North Parade Avenue
- Additional stops on the 22nd and 23rd December 11am – 5pm at the Summertown Christmas Farmers Market.
“We want to show people that local, ethical and delicious produce can easily be part of their festive food choices. At the Earth Trust Farm we’re surrounded by people producing amazing food products and we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase that. We’ve worked with them to create recipes and tasters demonstrating how easy it is to create a totally local meal and then we’re making it even easier by giving our customers the chance to buy it all from one place,” said Katie Herring Sales and Marketing Manager at Cultivate.
“It gives me great pleasure to see the Farm Step access to land scheme really contributing to the local food economy and allowing people to follow their dream of starting sustainable farm businesses. At Earth Trust we encourage opportunities for co-operative working between the businesses and help to grow a supportive community. While we’re hoping to develop a Farm Shop here on site, it is wonderful that Cultivate Oxford is able to provide a current route to market for Earth Trust Farm produce,” said Adam Reid, Farm Step Officer at the Earth Trust.