The Food Barn CIC — Phase 2 development

by Laurence Jarrett-Kerr in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

£3,773

£20,000 target 6 days left
18% 64 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 4th October 2021 at 8:14pm

We aim to reliably shorten food supply chains and support local businesses for the people of Falmouth, Mylor, Flushing and beyond.

by Laurence Jarrett-Kerr in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

The Food Barn Tregew Community Interest Company is a not for profit started when Sailors Creek Shellfish and Soul Farm came together with a visionary landowner to sell more directly to local people. At the time, the barn was full of farming equipment. It was quicky cleared out so we could hold the first Saturday market in December 2020. 

Nowadays, the barn features sail-dredged oysters and local mussels, Flushing-grown, no-dig, agroecologically-grown veg, hot Origin coffee, organic sourdough bread, cakes and hot food, among others. A well-ventilated shopping experience, all in a covered area, with the shortest possible supply chain. 

Since then, the market has grown steadily with more producers coming on board. We now want to lay sturdy foundations to ensure that we remain a reliable offering for the community for a long time to come. 

The Food Barn opens its gates every Saturday from 9am-1pm and 300 to 500 people have started to rely on it as a place to regularly get fresh, local sustainable and regenerative produce. 

With your support we will

  • Provide a more robust electricity system for vendors especially hot food and drinks vendors that use hot plates
  • Provide full-access compost toilets and baby changing
  • Provide pop-up shelters for more stalls to operate outside of the barn in bad weather or hot sun
  • Add tank tracks in the field so people can park there in the winter and rain
  • Provide some landscaping, including steps up the bank so you can enjoy the views
  • Add a better bin and recycling system

And if we reach our target, our stretch target investments will include:

  • Weather-proofing the inside of the barn so it is more protected from the wind and rain
  • A defibrillator for the community 
  • Cycle racks to encourage more people to avoid driving
  • Planters to make the place more attractive to spend time in and to encourage pollinators
  • Increased landscaping and planting trees
  • Play equipment so your young people can have fun while you shop

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We aim to sell foods from producers dedicated to the ecological health of the land and sea, to the highest standards of animal welfare and to fair and just employment and we are very strict that all producers are either food vendors, associated food businesses or in farming or landwork of some kind. 

Recently we have also opened the market on Wednesday evenings during the school holidays and expanded the offering to more hot food vendors and craft stalls. The Food Barn also now has an alcohol license so local gin, wine and beer producers can trade for takeaway or onsite consumption. 

Regular food producers include:

  • Sailors Creek shellfish
  • Soul Farm
  • Matt and his fish stall
  • Homage to the Bovine
  • Little Crumb Bakery
  • Pavillion Bakery
  • New Dawn Traders
  • The Dessert Shed
  • Green Rabbit Flowers
  • Jack's Kombucha
  • Green Elephant Beer
  • Tinbox Coffee
  • Falmouth Distilling Company
  • Roobarbs
  • Situ Cafe
  • Holy Molé
  • Sue's Cornish Kitchen
  • Cornish Spiceman
  • and more...

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Your help, however large or small, is gamechanging

If you live in Flushing or Falmouth then the Food Barn is there for you. There are also some great rewards that you can claim. But if you live "upcountry", then there are some rewards just for you too, like one-off experiences or hampers. 

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Your support will help us secure the barn for you for the future as well as make it more accessible for more people. You'll also be supporting small businesses and ensuring locals have a reliable alternative to supermarket shopping.

Rewards

New REWARDS:

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We have some amazing rewards that you can claim. Including our tote bag and loyalty scheme among others.

We think everyone should be shopping with our awesome 100% natural tote bag.

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If you're a regular we recommend that you invest in a year's loyalty card for your favourite vendors. Depending on your support level, you'll get greater discounts. The vendors operating this scheme include Soul Farm, Situ Cafe, Jack's Kombucha, Sailors Creek Shellfish, Little Crumb, Pavillion Bakery, Tinbox Coffee... the list might grow as the campaign progresses.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

"Eat local" Enamel Mug

A Food Barn enamel mug, bring it along and fill up at TinBox. Lasered by Cut by Beam this is a beautiful mug you'll always enjoy. Have a look at the design towards the bottom of the Overview page

£15 or more

Tote bag reward

Always have somewhere to stash your haul. You will receive a Natural Screen Printed Food Barn Tote Bag - scroll down the page for an image of it.

£30 or more

Food Barn Organic Apron

A perfect apron to make your Moules Mariniere. An organic cotton unisex white bib apron with pockets and a Food Barn emroidery on the the front. Have a look at the design towards the bottom of the Overview page.

£30 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Falmouth Distilling Gin

Drink gin, support the Barn and get £5 off the RRP price too! For this reward you'll get a bottle of Loveday Dry Gin.

£50 or more

Vendor reward

Are you one of our awesome vendors, then this is for you. We will print your logo on our Tote Bags that will be given to other supporters of the crowdfunder, and also sold at the barn.

£130 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Learn Mexican cooking

Want to try your hand at Mexican cooking? Get a voucher for you and a friend with Holy Molé for a fantastic afternoon to learn a taste of Mexican delights; tacos & quesadillas, with all the toppings.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sailors Creek Experience Day

Sailors Creek Experience Afternoon - A tour of the factory, enjoy some oysters accompanied with Sailors Creek Oyster Stout (a new product innovation) discover more about shellfish with a tidal walk and talk with Martin picking from our own stock.

£200 or more

Food Barn "Regular" Loyalty Card

Are you a Food Barn regular? Then this could be for you. This gives you 5% off from the following stalls for a year - Soul Farm, Situ Cafe, Sailors Creek, Pavillion, Tinbox Coffee, Jack's Kombucha, Little Crumb Bakery, Holy Molé, Hansons Fine Foods + Food Barn tote bag

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Food Barn Hamper

We will collect a whole host of the most unusual, the tastiest of treats from the vendors at the Food Barn. This is a bespoke hamper filled with delicious Food Barn treats mailed to anywhere in the country. This could be an amazing gift for a loved one.

£300 or more

Food Barn "Super Regular" Loyalty Card

You are not just a regular... this is for the awesome people that do their weekly shop at the Food Barn. This gives you 10% off from the following stalls for a year - Soul Farm, Sailors Creek, Situ Cafe, Pavillion, Tinbox Coffee, Jack's Kombucha, Little Crumb Bakery, Hansons Fine Foods + Food Barn tote bag

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Growing Experience Day

Soul Farm experience Day - learn no dig gardening one on one with Laurence and Ian from Soul Farm. They are one of the biggest no dig farms in the UK and will guide you on how to set a no dig garden up or adapt your exisiting plot.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Book the Food Barn

Book the Food Barn for your event. This is a bespoke offering as we will not be advertising the space as a mid week venue too often. It has a drinks license, power and toilet facilities.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Salad reward

Are you salad lover? With this offer you will recieve a voucher for 20 bags of salad. Yum!

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