Gia comes and meets us at Tavistock’s Quaker House every other Friday to collect Tamar Valley Food Hubs orders of bread, fresh veg, local cheese fresh fish and meats to take back to Plymouth and meet our customers at our two collection points across the city  – the Bread and Roses, Ebrington Street and Column House Bakery at Devonport Guildhall.

As a volunteer driver, Gia gets her fuel money taken off her food hubs bill which is working really well – networking producers, volunteers and transport is enabling us to extend our reach across the Tamar Valley and into Plymouth and provide a much more comprehensive service.

Under the food hubs scheme, Tamar Valley producers get a higher than wholesale price, one central delivery point and the system is entirely flexible to meet their needs in supplying and setting their own prices. The food hubs also gives them a free online shop front as many of growers and producers are so small, they haven’t got any websites or online presence. This is just one of the ways we are helping micro and small food producers with practical ways to sell their produce further afield.

Once Gia has scooted back over the moors to Plymouth, she heads to Bread and Roses. Parking on Ebrington Street can sometimes be a bit of problem, but thanks to Steve at The Dulux Decorator Centre up behind the Bread and Roses, we now drop them in a pint of milk each week in return for using a spot in their carpark for 45 mins whilst we wait with a nice cuppa in the Bread and Roses for our customers to arrive.

 The Tamar Valley was once the main food producing area for Plymouth and it’s fantastic that a regular trade route for food is once again set up and working. Our fresh veg is picked in the morning in the valley and just a few hours later is delivered into Plymouth to be enjoyed by our customers that evening!

As  a not-for-profit enterprise, we need lots more customers to cover our costs so please help spread the word, follow us on facebook, twitter or pop in to see us at  our collection points on Friday afternoon– we’re at Bread and Roses between 3.30pm and 4.00pm and Column Bakehouse between 4.15pm and 4,45pm.

www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk  – We’re taking orders now!

Come and meet Tamar Grow Local at Plymouth’s Big Food Event on 10th June

Guest Blogger: Rachael Forster is Coordinator for Tamar Grow Local  rachaelforster@tamargrowlocal.org  http://tamargrowlocal.org/

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One comment on “Guest Blog: Heard about the new Plymouth Tamar Valley Food Hubs?

  1. Barbara on said:

    This is a great, friendly service. Veg and flowers are really fresh and beautiful with prices comparable to my local supermarket. I buy dairy products too so I have less need to go to the supermarket and actually spend less by not picking up special offers and tempting treats that I don’t really need. Glad to have this opportunity to support growers and producers in the Tamar Valley and hopefully – in spite of Gia’s journey – cut down on food miles.

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