Today was the first Food Fair held at Melbourne Assembly Rooms. The organisers are hoping that it will be repeated every two months. There was a great selection of stalls selling everything from cheese, pies, cakes, chocolate, fudge, fruit and veg, and much more. Our lunch therefore consisted of cheese from the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company, a Pork Pie from Brocklebys of Melton Mowbray, Indian Snacks, fudge and homemade cakes. The photo is of Brockleby's Blue chesse, and "real" Red Leicester. A steady stream of local people arrived throughout the day, and the atmosphere was really friendly. It was lovely to be able to ask the stallholders what was in their produce, and I even managed to buy a wheat-free slice of chocolate cake.
This is an attempt to document my efforts to grow and eat locally around Melbourne, Derbyshire. My family own a nine acre smallholding on which we grow fruit and vegetables and keep bees, and chickens, but that won't feed us alone, so the idea is to get to know our local produce and to see how easy/hard it is to follow a diet that is local to within 30 miles. The fun part is also trying some new (easy) recipes that use home-grown and local produce. Feel free to comment, send in recipes, and share your experiences of buying and eating locally.