Fodder, the flagship food shop and cafe set up and championed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is celebrating another major award win named best Yorkshire Enterprise by the Countryside Alliance, just 6 months after opening.
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Fodder’s aim is to inject new life into the rural economy and support the region’s farmers and producers, while offering consumers the best food and drink from the region. The unique shop and café is housed in an environmentally friendly building, the most sustainably built building in the North of England, where even the shopping trolleys are made from recycled plastic.
Local food is at the heart of Fodder with 85% of the food sold
and served from Yorkshire and the Humber. Over 180 local producers
and farmers supply Fodder offering a new route to market for the
region’s farmers and producers.
Managing director Heather
Parry said, “I really was stunned to win after just being
open six months, but our commitment to local produce and the environmentally
friendly ethos of Fodder really seem to have struck a chord. Credit
must go to the wonderful farmers and producers whose hard work
and enthusiasm is infectious.”
Fodder stocks everything from everyday basics like locally grown oats, fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs (reliably cheaper than the local supermarket) to meat from a variety of small scale farmers in the region, artisan baked bread and they even stock wine from Leventhorpe Vineyards near Leeds and a potent cider made the monks of Ampleforth Abbey.
Fodder came first out of thousands who entered the competition,
organised by the Countryside Alliance in conjunction with Farmers
Guardian and the Daily Telegraph and now have a shot at the National
Title which will be announced at the House of Lords in February.
Managing director Heather Parry concludes, “This a great win for Fodder, but the real winner today is local produce. Buying local not only supports the regional economy, it reduces food miles and offers fresher, tastier, honest food.”
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