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Hundreds sign up to Scotland's first Food Assembly in Leith

Hundreds sign up to Scotland's first Food Assembly in Leith

There's a new way to grab your weekly shop direct from local producers.

Scotland's first Food Assembly has launched in Leith with the chance to pick up local produce and meet the farmers face-to-face over a pint in the pub.

Instead of a market format, you order the shopping online and collect the items one night a week from Jeremiah's Taproom on Elm Row.

Originating in France, the idea arrived in Scotland thanks to Stuart Guzinski, Will Bain and David McVey who decided to launch the concept in Edinburgh.

Stuart Guzinski said: "The idea is French originally and the first Food Assembly started in France in 2011 and that was near Toulouse.

"Now, there are over 700 food assemblies in towns all over France.

"It's a French idea and has been spreading across Europe ever since and the first in the UK was in the summer of 2014.

"Since then there's been a spread across the UK, I think there are about 35 food assemblies now that are building up to the opening or open already.

"The Leith Food Assembly we're very pleased to say is the first in Scotland and hopefully not the last.

"We're really pleased we've been able to bring the model to Scotland."

  (© Leith Food Assembly)
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The Food Assembly works with local producers to create an 'online shop' with orders placed online before Monday morning.

Leith Food Assembly producers include Kitsch, the Bearded Baker, Breadshare and Whitmuir Farm selling a range of weekly essentials.

Once your order is placed, each Monday night from 6pm to 8pm, you can pick up the order and meet the producers face-to-face in Jeremiah's Taproom.

"The Food Assembly essentially is a way of bringing consumers directly together with producers," Stuart said.

"The way the model works is that all of the buying and selling is done online on our website which is completely free to join, there's no obligation or subscription or weekly commitment.

"You set up an account as a customer then you're free to browse products from local sustainable producers 24 hours a day then we have a cut off just before we have our collection on a Monday night that gives our producers, some of which are quite small businesses, time to know exactly what's been ordered and to get those orders delivered."

"It's almost like a click and collect, but in those two hours in the bar there is no buying or selling, it's just collections and a space to have a chat with farmers, producers and small businesses," Stuart said.

"We really feel it's a way of bringing food communities together, but also a new way of trading food that will gain popularity in the next few years.

"We want to have fun, we want it to be a real social event.

"We're saying if you're used to buying things online but want to have a good time, stay for a pint and something to eat. We've noticed a real buzz around the place."

  (© Leith Food Assembly)
via STV via STV

Three weeks in, and with more than 500 members signed up to the Leith Food Assembly already, Stuart now hopes the idea can roll out across Scotland.

"We know there is talk in Glasgow keen to set up one there and other people are talking about the idea," Stuart said.

"As far as we're concerned, we think there is room in Edinburgh for at least three or four of these.

"It doesn't have to be restricted to the Leith model at all and we'll certainly support anybody that wants to set one up."

You can keep up-to-date with the Leith Food Assembly on Facebook or Twitter.

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