May 2014: Fodder

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Our May meeting was held at Fodder, the fantastic shop, deli and cafe run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society just behind Sainsbury’s in Harrogate which will mark its fifth birthday next month.

On arrival, we were all given a glass of chilled elderflower cordial, before the canapes were brought out. We enjoyed everything from local sausages, mini jacket potatoes filled with Yorkshire Blue cheese, and palmiers, to macaroons and chocolate cups filled with whiskey flavoured foam, which went down very well (even with our teetotal president!).

Our speaker was Jane Thornber, who described the ecological features of the building as well as the business’s organisational structure, which puts the customer at the top as the most important person. We found out how they use the shop as a larder to prepare food for the cafe, while 85% of the produce on sale is sourced in Yorkshire.

As its fifth anniversary approaches, the team at Fodder has plans for the future including mail order hampers, a click-and-collect service, and outdoor catering via a new van which has just been acquired.

After an interesting talk, everyone spent some time browsing the shelves and displays to get some fantastic Yorkshire produce – complete with an exclusive Spa Sweethearts discount on the night. We’re very grateful to Fodder for an evening which was both interesting and delicious.

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