International Vegetarian Week at Mires Beck
According to www.vegetarianweek.org, the idea of International Vegetarian Week is to share resources and make the "Vegetarian Week" a common date to be celebrated around the world in the first days of October. In 2008, the leaders of different vegetarian organisations decided to join efforts to promote an International Vegetarian Week for the reason above. 11 countries celebrated Vegetarian Week in 2008, from Australia to Canada and from Brasil to Germany. By 2009 there were initiatives in at least 13 countries, and the amount of countries celebrating this has further increased since!
Mires Beck Horticultural Nursery in North Cave is delighted to announce that it will be working with the Fox and Coney Inn in South Cave next year, providing vegetables and herbs for the restaurant. It will be an important year to celebrate locally grown food, and with the focus on healthy eating the chef aims to create a series of seasonal ‘specials' with the extensive supply from the charity's vegetable production. Last week, Leslie Leak, the chef at the Fox and Coney Inn, visited the vegetable allotment at Mires Beck Nursery. This operation is managed by Suzanne Brown (one of the charity’s volunteers) with invaluable help from other staff and service users with disabilities on site. He was impressed with what is grown and took back a box full of vegetables and herbs, with which he later produced a wonderful vegan steak and pickled vegetable dish.
Mires Beck said “Next year, as well as our usual vegetables, we will be growing some special varieties for the restaurant requested by Les. It is great to be working with the hospitality industry and see what our produce will become on the menu. So, look out for his ‘specials’ featuring Heritage beetroot, rainbow carrots, Tenderstem broccoli, baby leeks, purple potatoes, and banana shallots.”
Leslie Leak, the chef, speaks for the Fox and Coney Inn, and says, “We believe in using local produce, and if we can get the vegetables from a charity within 2 miles it will also help to support that charity”.
All vegetables grown next year will also be for sale in the charity's retail area.
If you come across the Fox and Coney, please try out the special 'Classic Vegan Steak and Chips' made from our charity's fresh local vegetables.