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Farmers Markets

Reading Farmers Market

The Cattle Market, Great Knollys Street, RG1 7QD, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month 8:30 – 12:00

Food Cooperatives

True Food Community Co-operative Ltd

61 Grove Road, Emmer Green, Reading, RG4 8LJ http://www.truefood.coop
Wide range of general groceries, including organic wholefoods, local fresh fruit and vegetables and environmentally friendly household products.

Box Schemes

Tolhurst Organic Produce

2 West Lodge. Hardwick, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Pangbourne, RG8 7RA http://www.tolhurstorganic.co.uk/
Stock-free (animal free) farming. Neighbourhood reps scheme

Farms and Farm Shops

Waltham Place Estate

Waltham Place, Church Hill, White Waltham, SL6 3JH http://www.walthamplace.com/
Biodynamic vegetables and organic meat. Farm shop, True Food Co-op and Maidenhead farmers market.

Five a Day Market Garden

The Street, Englefield, Theale, RG7 5EL http://www.fiveaday.org.uk/
Not-for-profit community supported project selling affordable, healthy, naturally grown produce, educating children, adults and older people on art, nature and fruit and vegetable production. Farm shop and True Food Co-op.

Laverstoke Park Farm

Overton Road, Overton, Nr Basingstoke, Hampshire RG25 3DR http://www.laverstokepark.co.uk/
2,500 acre organic/biodynamic farm. Mail order, farm shop, some produce are also available through True Food Co-op and major supermarkets.

Gray’s Farm

Grays Farm, Heathlands Rd, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3AN. http://www.graysfarm.co.uk/
Pick your own and farm shop.

Cross Lanes Fruit Farm

Mapledurham, Reading , RG4 7UW
http://www.users.waitrose.com/~crosslan … /index.htm
Small orchard with over sixty different varieties of apples, plums and pears. Mail order, Reading Farmers Market and True Food Co-op.

Dairy

Village Maid Cheese

The Cottage Basingstoke Road, Riseley READING, Berkshire, RG7 1QD
http://www.villagemaidcheese.co.uk
Makers of the Wigmore, Spenwood and Waterloo cheeses.

Other Retailers

 

Frost Fishmongers

Fishmongers, (Smelly Alley) 11A Union Street, Reading, RG1 1EU

Jennings

Butchers, St Martins Precinct, Church Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BA

Reading Market

Hosier Street, Reading, RG1 7QE
Fruit and Veg, Cut Flowers, Caribbean, South African stalls

Breweries

The Campaign for Real Ale in Reading & Mid-Berkshire
http://www.readingcamra.org.uk/

Butts Brewery
http://www.buttsbrewery.com/

Ciderniks
http://www.ciderniks.com/

Lambourne Valley Cider Company
http://www.lambournvalleycider.co.uk/

Loddon Brewery Ltd
http://www.loddonbrewery.com

Salt Hill Cider
http://salthillcider.wordpress.com

Tutts Clump
http://www.tuttsclumpcider.co.uk/

West Berkshire Brewery
http://www.wbbrew.com/

Vintage Roots
http://www.vintageroots.co.uk/
Local organic wine merchants, who also sell organic beer, cider, spirits, liqueurs, juices and treats

Wild Weather Ales
http://www.wildweatherales.com

Wyatt’s Cider

Cold Ash, Thatcham.

Zero Degrees Restaurant and Brewery
http://www.zerodegrees.co.uk/

Community Orchards

Mapledurham Playing Fields

The Playing Fields are owned by a charity and held in trust by Reading Borough Council. The trees were donated by Boehringer Ingelheim, consisting of 56 apples (on M26 rootstock), 8 pears, 9 plums and 7 cherries, all container-grown, about 6 to 7ft in height. The trees have been planted on a 6m grid, and is managed traditionally with wildflower-rich long grass beneath.

Prospect Park Pear and Apple Orchard

Located to the West of the Mansion House, the orchard has been restocked in Feb 2013 by Transition Town Reading with volunteer effort from TCV and funding from the Forestry Commission.

Waterloo Meadows Orchard

Planted in Feb 2013 by Transition Town Reading and Friends of Waterloo Meadows with volunteer effort and funding from the Forestry Commission.

Abundance Project

http://readingabundance.weebly.com/
Abundance is a voluntary project which picks surplus or unwanted fruit from gardens and public trees and distributes it to local groups and communities.

The Great Reskilling

Food4Families

http://www.food4families.org.uk
Food4families is local project, funded by Big Lottery, which aims to create a network of food growing gardens across Reading where parents and children will learn how to grow their own food together.

Reading Food Growing Network

http://www.rfgn.org.uk
RFGN is local project, which aims to create a network of food growers across Reading.

Ridgeline Trust

Junction of Hamilton Road and Whiteknights Road, RG6 7BY
http://www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk/
Ridgeline Trust is a small charity which is aiming to help people with mental and physical disabilities regain lost skills, learn new skills, and rebuild confidence and self-esteem in the context of a therapeutic wildlife garden in East Reading.

Thrive

Trunkwell Park, Beech Hill Rd, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
http://www.thrive.org.uk/
Thrive is a small national charity, founded in 1978, that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people. The Thrive Trunkwell Garden Project is located in beautiful countryside in the village of Beech Hill, near Reading, Berkshire, and is set in a Victorian walled garden.

The Ways & Means Trust

Unit 2, Paddock Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 5BY
http://www.waysandmeans.org.uk
A registered charity formed some 40 years ago, specifically to provide rehabilitation and training for adults with recurring mental ill health or with a learning disability. Greenshoots is a five-acre site in Rotherfield Peppard, South Oxfordshire which houses the Charity’s training centre and provides a variety of work-realistic nursery tasks, underpinned by classroom teaching.

Local publications

Eat Wild

http://tworiverspress.com/wp/eat-wild/
A book for first-time wild food foragers and outdoor cooks, published by our local publishers Two Rivers Press http://tworiverspress.com

Your Guide to Responsible Foraging in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Available at Reading Farmers Market. Produced by Berks, Bucks & Milton Keynes and Oxon Food Group http://www.local-food.net, this guide includes advice on foraging and recipes as well as lists of courses, local producers and books.

Local Flavours: Your Guide to Community Food in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Available at Reading Farmers Market. Produced by Berks, Bucks & Milton Keynes and Oxon Food Group http://www.local-food.net, this guide includes recipes as well as lists of shops, local producers and farmers markets.