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
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
- Situ Cafe
- Holy Molé
- Sue's Cornish Kitchen
- Cornish Spiceman
- and more...
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.
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.
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.
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.