We’ve made you a calendar sheet for December as a kitchen pin-up. This gives you all the relevant ordering and delivery dates you need to know.
Supporting a local food economy in the face of a global threat
Gardd Sadwrn as a market garden venture was created a couple of years back by a group of food-loving friends. We had been growing our own food for veg boxes for people in Llansadwrn for a while, but the arrival of that unexpected event, the pandemic, had a massive impact on us. Suddenly we were getting requests for food around the county, requests for amounts of food we simply couldn’t grow.
We linked up with a wholesaler, started finding other local food producers and rapidly created a website. We’re now delivering boxes of organically grown fruit and vegetables to around forty households from Llandovery to Ammanford with others collecting from our gate.
Most of the fruit, veg and mushrooms come from Lampeter-based wholesaler Watson and Pratt, with some from local suppliers and our own garden. We supply produce from all around the world but we make sure to prioritise local, Welsh and UK grown food when in season.
We’re also stocking produce from a range of local Welsh businesses:
- Welsh cheese from Caws Cenarth and Teifi Organic
- organic apple juice from Welsh Farmhouse in Crickhowell
- amazing organic doughnuts from Cegin Yve in Tycroes
- floral honey from Llanwrda-based, Bee Dazzled
- shiitake mushrooms from Coed Talylan in Bethlehem
- Fairtrade goods and wholefoods from The Dragon’s Garden in Llansadwrn
All of our products are safely delivered in recycled paper bags or cardboard boxes, with use of plastic kept to a minimum.
As Brexit looms (and as vegetable and fruit purchasers we know how much food comes in from Europe) we know that international supply chains face extreme threats, and the pandemic shows how vulnerable they can be. We know that makes us vulnerable, which is why we feel encouraging local food economies is good for the planet and for people.
Whilst supermarkets may offer a wider variety and choice, for the time being, it is worth remembering that their profits go to unknown shareholders. In contrast, profits from businesses like Gardd Sadwrn will go towards sustaining and growing this network of local businesses.
If you like the sound of what we’re doing, you can buy from us in a number of ways.
- Build your own box of goodies
- Buy one of our carefully selected one-off or weekly boxes and add to it
- Choose a weekly box, sit back and let us do the work for you
In the run-up to Christmas we have also prepared bumper Christmas Veg Boxes and Christmas Hampers to see you through the holiday season.
The Gardd Sadwrn team have also spent the lockdown refurbishing a trailer into a catering van, with the intention of doing pop up food events around the county, now we are considering doing a ready meal service as well. Watch our website to find out more or call us on 07506 568 075.
Important issue – all the dates you need for your Christmas ordering!
This week’s recipe is for a lovely Roasted Butternut Squash Chickpea Curry. Enjoy!