Celebrations for the second birthday of Halifax Food Assembly

Carol Longbottom and Helen Bradley
Carol Longbottom and Helen Bradley

The Halifax Food Assembly will celebrate its second birthday on Wednesday, July 4 with tasters and a party.

The initiative makes it easy for customers to buy their food locally and to support local farmers, growers and artisans by offering an online market and a weekly collection in Skircoat Green.

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Carol Longbottom, the founder and host of Halifax Food Assembly, said: “Every week we have great local food including meat farmed by Robinsons’ Farm, free range eggs from Lower Balkram Edge Farm and milk from cows at John Haigh’s farm all from Halifax. We also have fresh salad and vegetables from Sagar Lane Market Garden, from Hebden Bridge.

“Our cheeses are made in Todmorden by Pextenement Cheese Company and Sowerby Bridge by Yorkshire Dama Cheese. Our bread is made fresh on the day by LoveBread in Brighouse and we have pies, pastries, quiches and sausage rolls also freshly baked by Your Secret Gourmet in Luddendenfoot. Francesca, from Liversedge, creates tasty Italian dishes.

“Derek from Heritage Kitchen brings his pickles and chutneys from Bacup. Stir fry sauces are made in house by Temujin in Sowerby Bridge. We have freshly baked cakes from Jayne and brownies, shortbreads and millionaire’s shortbread from RachAls, both in Halifax.

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“And for ethically sourced products from Suma, based in Elland, look no further than Halifax Food Assembly Extra.

“Recently we’ve also welcomed Parveen, from the Bicycle Curry Club, who makes amazing curries. But you have to be quick to buy those as they sell out very fast.

“We were the first food assembly to launch in Yorkshire and we’ve been trailblazing ever since. On July 4 at our weekly collection we’ll be celebrating our second birthday with tasters and a cake. And anyone placing an order will be put forward to win a fabulous hamper full of local produce donated by our fantastic local producers.

“Everyone’s welcome to pop along to see what we do and to chat to our producers at All Saints Parish Hall in Skircoat Green, between 4.15pm and 6.15pm.”

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