Lots of smiles and delightful produce on display but the slogan, 'Farm Store to the Door'
is proving problematic for the Crouch End 'More than a Box' scheme.
Driving a van to London once a week is expensive and daunting for those unused to the city's traffic: it requires a high level of commitment from the volunteers on the farm. The scheme has worked until now because of the enthusiasm of interns, Sam and Laura who have seen the value of giving an urban community access to food straight from the producers. But with both these individuals moving to different roles, the continuity of purpose is likely to go with them.
But the scheme has also developed a local presence in Crouch End. Members and farm representatives have featured in the local press several times, promoting the box and explaining its values. Sam has represented the farm at two AGMs for Transition Crouch End and the farm provided the catering for the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group's meeting on sustainable food.
As I write the blog begins to feel like a valediction to an initiative that has been running for just over two years. It does not seem likely to continue in its present form, but as a loyal member from the beginning I would like to keep a few doors open. Alexandra Park Farmers' Market attracts between 30 and 50 producers every Sunday, as well as 1,500 to 2000 visitors but it is not the only market in town. Harringay Market was launched on 24 June and takes place every Sunday at North Harringay Primary School and on 1 September another market opened up in Bounds Green School. These small ventures may be a foothold for the farm to maintain that special relationship with North London, forged in Crouch End.
Members visiting these markets would be able to support a local enterprise in a neighbouring area. I for one would be happy to go the extra distance to keep the box scheme alive.