An exciting food revolution has arrived in Leeds. The Food Assembly was formed in France back in 2011, and has since captured the imaginations of many. It’s ethos is simple, they want to celebrate local produce, giving power back to farmers and the like, who it feels have been given a sore deal by the multinational supermarkets.
The system is simple, you pre-order food via their website, and attend their weekly event to pick up your shopping.
“Farmers don’t have to spend long hours at a market not knowing how much they’ll sell. For the consumer, it’s a convenient way to buy local groceries, everything from vegetables to fish, cheese and bread is all sold on one website and can be collected from one place.”
Since forming, there are over 450 assemblies in France and Belgium, with many more forming in the UK recently. The latest addition is in Leeds, taking place at Sheaf Street Cafeteria every Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm.
One of the company’s founders, Etienne de Montlauer said: “People want to put the face to the person who is behind the food they eat,” says De Montlaur: “This is a way for farmers to use technology to sell their produce while also having the social engagement with the community.”
She says: “Why shouldn’t everyone be able to buy local, healthy food? There are lots of food producers in Cheshire, I’ve already got a company that makes yoghurts on board and I’ve literally just launched. But it’s not all about chutney and expensive cheeses; it’s about making affordable basics easy for people to buy, while at the same time giving a better deal to the producers than they can get at major chains.”