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The Beginning

Little Canfield is a small rural village near Stansted airport that has recently been expanded by a new housing development, known as Priors Green. Facilities include a church (All Saints), a renowned plantery (Langthorns), a new allotment site, a pub (The Lion & Lamb), a small hall and a pet shop.

A group of local residents recently revived a disused allotments site, which now has 26 plots for individuals and 2 community plots for wider community use. This brought many members of our diverse community together for a common goal, but also highlighted the fact that the village lacks a cohesive centre or hub for people to come together.

Several local foodies set up a monthly market, partly to raise funds for the allotments by selling refreshments, but also to provide a meeting place for residents to get together for a community mingle.

As a consequence, Local Food (& More) was born, with the aim of creating a multi-functional hub for the village, showcasing local talents and cottage industries and thereby promoting local employment, offering volunteering opportunities and harnessing the talents and skills of local people.

Local Food (& More!) is also an ideal weekend meeting place to get together or to stop off and have a coffee at the Green Café, after your stroll, cycle or horse ride on the Flitch Way.