Bury St Edmunds eco group backs 30 mile food challenge

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A countywide 30 mile food challenge is being championed by Bury St Edmunds eco group Sustainable Bury.

“It’s a simple concept, try to eat food and drink produced within 30 miles of Bury. This could be for a week, a day or just a single meal,” said member Fiona Strachan.

To make it fun and give people a chance to meet others, the group has organised a Family Cook and Eat Local meal at St John’s Centre, in St John’s Street, next Sunday (Sept 15), from 3pm.

There will be a swap shop running alongside the meal so anyone attending is encouraged to bring unwanted items.

To book a place, at £8 per family or £4 per adult, go to sustainablebury@gmail.com

A leaflet containing a list of local suppliers is available from Bury Library. They include Maynards Apple Juice, The Friendly Loaf, Giffords Hall Vineyard, Nowton Farm Shop, Suffolk Organic Foods, Langam Herbs, Hedgegrow Cordials, Stanton Windmill and Pakenham Watermill.

Also included are local eateries, all using local foods. They include the White Horse, the Leaping Hare and the One Bull.

Parents can also collect a free calendar and stickers from the library for children to take part in the challenge.

“You may be surprised at how much is produced on our doorstep,” said Ms Strachan.

Depden Farm Shop is also hosting a 30 mile meal. It will take place from 7.30pm next Saturday (Sept 14). Book through tim@depden.com

To find out more about the challenge, go to www.30milefood.transitionipswich.org.uk