Local produce gets a boost from French connection
THE importance of using locally sourced food to boost the economy, the community and people's health has been highlighted by the visit to Plymouth of a team from the French city of Rennes.
The delegation from Brittany crossed the Channel to share ideas as part of a joint initiative involving the two cities.
And they took to the water to deliver organic vegetables from the Tamar Valley to chefs at the River Cottage Canteen and Deli, at the Royal William Yard.
The two-day visit was part of a project called Sustainable Supply Chains, which has been set up to support delivery of the Sustainable Food City Plymouth Food Charter and Action Plan.
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The French visitors called at growers and businesses which produce and buy local sustainable produce. The list included Keveral Growers, Tamar View Fruiterers, Brook Green Centre of Learning, which is supplied by Plymouth City Council's school meal service, and River Cottage Canteen. The visit ended with a meeting at the Treasury venue, in Royal Parade.
Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth Co-ordinator, will present a report about the link-up at a meeting in Rennes next month.
She said using locally sourced food brought important benefits for "the economy, community and health".
Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be visiting his River Cottage Canteen & Deli to kick-start their first birthday celebrations tomorrow from 10am to 11am.