There are economic benefits for the local community when you choose to buy local. You are supporting opportunties and work for local people, investing in the local area and creating a sustainable system.
If you are from the Tang Hall area, become a member of the Tang Hall Food Coop. We need help growing food, running the shop, and making decisions about the project - local people can shape what we are doing and how we are doing it - it is a cooperative after all! We currently meet twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday mornings) and work together on the growing beds, cook lunch in the container, run the shop and plan events. Don't worry if you've never done anything like this before, all you need to be is interested and willing to help - everyone can offer something worthwhile to the cooperative.
We cook in the shipping container shop every Thursday from 10am, then, we eat! We cook with food we've grown ourselves or purchased from Joe (Food Circle York) and bits and pieces from the shop. We want people to know about all the interesting ways you can cook seasonal and local vegetables and we have can help you to do this. Even if you don't want to cook, you can still come along, and enjoy a sociable lunch with us at 12:30/1pm. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to find some common ground - people from all walks of life come to the community centre, and everyone's got a story to tell.
We get fresh, local organic veg every week, and it's available on a pay as you feel basis. As we expand (really soon!), we will have a good stock of wholefoods so you can buy all of your food locally, ethically and sustainably. The prices will be good, as we will be buying in bulk at wholesale prices (from ethical suppliers), and passing those savings on to you, by selling at the same wholesale prices but in small quantities. Tang Hall residents can apply for a membership card with additional benefits. All the produce will be carefully sourced, and we won't be using plastic packaging. We will also have recipe cards to help you make the most of the seasonal vegetables.