September marks the start of the harvest season when farmers are hard at work gathering the fruits and vegetables of the previous years labour and it’s a time when the Cultivate baskets are absolutely bursting with local produce. We thought it the perfect time to encourage people to make the swap to eating local food and demonstrate how easy and rewarding that is. That’s why we’re encouraging you to take on our #harvestchallenge and make one meal a week entirely from local produce.
By sourcing at least one meal a week from local producers you can help to reduce food miles, help to keep our local farmers farming and also help to preserve the land and wildlife they work with. All of this helps us create a better and more sustainable food system for Oxford. Better for everyone who eats food, better for everyone who grows food, and better for the planet.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie then you’ll want to book your place on one of our Harvest Supper Clubs hosted by local chef Jack Greenall of Smoke and Thyme. Taking place on the first and second weekends in October, these will feature 7 imaginative vegetable dishes using produce from our local suppliers. For those who want it there will also be the option to add meat to the main courses for an extra fee. We’ve already had a sneaky peak at the developing menu and we can be sure you won’t be disappointed. Tickets available now through smokeandthyme.com
Throughout our #harvestchallenge we’ll be looking to you, our existing customers and supporters to help us spread the word. If you’ve got some local, seasonal recipes or local shopping tips share them with us on social media under the hashtag #harvestchallenge mentioning @cultivateoxford and we’ll share our favourites with the rest of the community.
With so much beautiful, fresh, produce available at the moment there are many opportunities to create some tasty locally sourced meals, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.