Lets Eat Local was our not-for-private-profit scheme which provided weekly fruit and veg bags to its members. The scheme ran from June 2011 to July 2015.
Produce was sourced from small farms and growers who were organically certified or growing without pesticides, packed by a team of volunteers every Thursday morning and distributed to our members through pick-up points in Moffat, Dumfries and Lanark.
Profits from the scheme were reinvested in developing and strengthening the local food system and in supporting Moffat Online, our community networking site.
Lets Eat Local was launched with help from the Growing Communities Start-up Programme which aims to transform the food system by helping people set up local, sustainable vegetable box schemes across the country.
The scheme won a Green Apple award after just one year of operation, in recognition of its work to relocalise the food economy in rural Dumfries and Galloway.
It is currently on hold while we look at the options for local fruit and veg in a Scottish climate that has proved more challenging than inner city London. We found that people can have too many of the roots that we grow so well here, even if you try and sneak them in to the bags!
Meanwhile, we’re putting all our experience to some use by helping Growing Communities to run their Start-up Programme and to develop a Better Food Trader network. You can keep a food activist away from their veggies – but not for long!