03 May All-organic market creates fund to support small food producers
Every Saturday, 10am-2.30pm, St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY
Growing Communities Farmers’ Market in Stoke Newington is home to a fantastic crop of small local food producers – and tasty local food – that you won’t find anywhere else.
To celebrate Love Your Local Market 2016, the Hackney-based social enterprise that runs the all-organic market has created a loan fund to help those small producers pay for their organic certification.
“Buying local food that has been grown organically is better for us and the planet,” said market manager Kerry Rankine. “All the farmers that come to our market are already organically certified and we ask our food processors to source their ingredients from these farmers. But getting organic status can seem prohibitively expensive for people who are just starting out in business. So we’re helping the small food producers who make our market unique to gain certification.”
Since the market launched in 2003, Growing Communities has helped many small food producers to set up in business and sell at the market, by lending stalls, offering storage space and giving advice on what and how to sell. This interest-free loan takes that support a step further.
“Rather than having to find a lump sum of more than £600 to pay upfront for their certification, the food processors can pay us back over the course of the year with their stall fees,” added Rankine.
Some of the smaller food producers at the Growing Communities Farmers’ Market include: PaMa, who make health-boosting sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi; G.O.D. Bakery (gluten-free cakes); Mr Prempy’s (raw and vegan cakes); Niko B (handmade chocolates); Global Fusion (vegan creole fritters); Mrs Pepys (meat and veg pies and sausage rolls); Hook & Son (raw milk and butter); Longwood Farm (raw Jersey milk and kefir); Cake & Company (Italian cakes and tarts); Astons and Better Health Bakery (sourdough wheat, rye and spelt bread); Jed’s (all-organic fry-ups), and Hatice Tugrul (Turkish gozleme).
To vist out more visit the website: growingcommunities.org