Making a buzz in Callington’s Pannier Market

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Sheryll Murray MP joined local councillors and bee-keepers at the official opening of Tamar Grow Local’s honey extraction facility and new project Tamar Valley Food Hubs, at Tamar Grow Local’s new premises at the Pannier Market in Callington, on 20th August.

Mrs. Murray visited community projects Harrowbarrow and Metherell Community Orchard and the village’s agricultural society, which are two of the twenty-two local food projects supported by Tamar Grow Local, before heading back to Callington to open the new facilities set up in the town.

Tamar Grow Local have converted the premises’ kitchen which is now available for local bee-keepers to extract their own honey and for small food producers to trial new products outside of the honey season. Bee-keeping courses will also be based at the premises and at a new training apiary set up in the town.

The facility which has received funding from National Lottery Awards for All, enables bee-keepers to use a clean space and modern equipment to extract honey and in turn save on individual investment in equipment which can cost excess of over £1500 to buy new. One local beekeeper said: “I have worked out costs and I could use the Tamar Grow Local facility for 16 years for the same price as buying my own extractor” The facility is part of the Tamar valley Honey Co-operative, another project set up by Tamar Grow Local, which supports beekeepers by making bulk purchases, sharing equipment and knowledge, and selling local honey under a shared label.

Honey can be taken away once extracted or sold under the Tamar Valley Honey Co-op label to local restaurants and through Tamar Grow Local markets and food hub.

TGL 2The new premises is also home to Tamar Valley Food Hubs based around an online store selling produce made or grown in the valley, as well as store cupboard items for home delivery and collection.  Funded by the Tamar Valley AONB’s Cordiale project, Tamar Valley Food Hubs offers a full weekly grocery shop including fresh fish, meat, dairy products and as a result of this year’s fantastic growing season, a wide variety of fruit and vegetables from small growers.

Simon Platten, Project Manager for Tamar Grow Local said: “We are thrilled to be located in Callington, home of the historic Honey Fair and as it is such a central location for many food producers in the valley. Our extraction room has already had 2 beekeepers testing the facility and extracting over 180Kg of honey and we are getting more and more people in the town interested in the food hubs project.”

For further information about Tamar Grow Local projects, please see www.tamargrowlocal.org or www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk

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