Fife Diet Food Co-op-15By Mike Small

As we look to the future for the Fife Diet – we are exploring new ways forward and practical legacies. One of these, still in its infancy, is our pop-up Fife Food Coop.

Having been away from Fife Diet HQ on a few months sabbatical I hadn’t experienced our pilot in its full glory. We currently run this from Kirkcaldy, Burntisland, Auchtermuchty and Dunfermline, as well as a trial hub in St Andrews and Tayport on the 15th of this month.  Go here for all the details.

So here’s some of my shopping list and why I’m loving it…

Supporting the New Farmer Programme I got some super-fresh ruby chard and baby leaf spinach and from The Engine Shed smoked Tofu (£2.33). Fife Oats for my porridge (87p for 1 kg)and some organic Greencity Wholefoods Ground coffee.

I hadn’t tried St. Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar cheese yet (which is a milder cheese than their Anster) and I also got Grahams Organic Butter.

The issue of UK-sourced non-meat protein has been something that’s been bugging the Fife Diet crew since 2007. So we were delighted to bag a kilo of UK-grown Hodmedods Quinoa and some Black Badger beans. These cook like chickpeas. Here’s what their blurb says:

‘Grown in Britain for at least 500 years, black badgers are also called maple peas. In Yorkshire, they’re known as carlin or carling peas and traditionally eaten on Carling Sunday in Lent. They’re called black peas in Lancashire, where the cooked “parched peas” are a Bonfire Night favourite. In the Black Country, they go by the name of grey peas and are often cooked with bacon.’

I also ordered some Mike Phillips’ West Fife (clear) runny Honey and a French white sourdough from Woodlea Stables in Crossgates. I got some Gilchgester Strong wholemeal flour some organic penne pasta and some – stretching the season – frozen Pittormie Fruit Farm strawberries (great for breakfast smoothies).

So I was getting a mix of staples and some stuff that’s more difficult to track down, at prices that are between wholesale and retail. The coop is in its pilot-stage as we try and iron out the wrinkles and test out our systems.

If your happy to be a guinea pig we are just starting a new pop-up coop in north Fife.

In addition to our regular hubs at Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Auchtermuchty and Burntisland we will be at the Hope Park Church Hall on St. Mary’s  Place in St. Andrews from 11am to 1pm and then in Tayport at the Burgh Chambers from 2pm to 4pm on SATURDAY THE 15TH OF NOVEMBER. Click here to choose you hub and shop with the co-op.