There are economic benefits for the local community when you choose to buy local. You are supporting opportunities and creating work for local people, investing in the local area, and creating a sustainable system.
If you're from the Tang Hall area, become a member of the Tang Hall Food Co-op! We need help growing food, running the shop, and making decisions about the project; local people can shape what we're doing and how we're doing it - it is a co-operative after all! We usually meet twice a week (see the calendar) 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, you simply need to be interested and willing to help - everyone can offer something worthwhile to the co-operative.
We cook in the shipping container shop on selected Thursdays from 10am (see the calendar)...then, we eat! We cook with organic food we've grown ourselves, or locally grown organic food purchased from Joe (Food Circle York) and bits and pieces from the shop. We want everyone to learn about and enjoy all the interesting ways seasonal and local vegetables can be cooked. Even if you don't want to cook, do 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 common ground with others - people from all walks of life come to Tang Hall Community Centre, and everyone's got a story to tell.
We source fresh, local, organic vegetables every week, which we make available to visitors on a 'pay as you feel' basis. As we expand, so will our stock of dried wholefoods, which means you can buy all your food locally, ethically and sustainably. Our prices are very fair; we buy in bulk at wholesale prices from ethical suppliers and sell the produce on to you - at cost - in smaller, more manageable quantities. Tang Hall residents can apply for a membership card with additional benefits. All produce is carefully sourced, and we don't use plastic packaging. We also have recipe cards to help you make the most of seasonal vegetables. See our shop opening hours on the calendar.