May 7, 2010, 8:44 am

The company says if you want to “Taste food straight from the fields at the new Riverford Travelling Field Kitchen restaurant this summer. Starting in May, the Riverford Travelling Field Kitchen will bring fresh produce and inspiring cooking to people up and down the country.

A Riverford yurt will set up camp at nine different venues, serving recipes from the original award winning Devon-based Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant. Head chef Jane Baxter has been cooking up a storm since 2005, taking what looks best in the fields and transforming it into a feast of gutsy flavours.

As well as serving lunch and supper in the yurt, each location will put on special events, from cooking demos to pick-your-own days at Riverford farms.

The menu has been devised to work with the fresh produce that is available during the summer months, as the roving restaurant makes its way round the country. Below are examples of the sorts of dishes you can expect to enjoy, depending on what is ready to pick that day.

Seasonal summer mains

Grilled leg of lamb on a bed of flageolet beans with salsa rossa
New potatoes baked in parchment
Braised artichokes with broad beans and mint
Swiss chard and anchovy gratin
Salad of grilled courgettes, tomatoes, basil & sugar snap peas
Braised carrots, turnips and kohlrabi

Seasonal summer desserts

Rhubarb and strawberry crumble
Summer berry pavlova
Apricot and almond tart

Guy Watson, founder of Riverford, said “We are on a mission: to get Britain using fresh, seasonal vegetables again. The Riverford Travelling Field Kitchen is about giving people the chance to taste veg at its very best and get some practical help in how to cook at home. Although seasonal produce is very in vogue, we believe that after 40 years of neglect very few people have the culinary skills to commit to eating this way. We want to show people just how exciting cooking from scratch with seasonal produce can be and inspire them back into their kitchens.”

The organisers say that to book your place or find out details on local workshops, call 0845 367 1155.

Dates & venues

The company shows will be at
27th May – 6th June Upper Norton Farm, Hampshire
10th – 20th June Freightliners City Farm, Islington, London
24th June – 4th July Stockley Farm, Cheshire
8th –18th July Sacrewell Farm, Cambridgeshire
23rd– 25th July WOMAD Festival, Wiltshire
5th – 15th August Home Farm, Yorkshire
19th – 29th August Mole End Farm, Kent
2nd – 12th September Bristol – venue TBC
18th-19th September Abergavenny Food Festival, Wales

Background information
Riverford began at Wash Farm in Devon in 1987 and now delivers to homes around the UK from its regional ‘sister’ farms. Riverford set up its first sister farm, Riverford on Sacrewell Farm, to deliver fresh organic vegetables to households across the East of England.
This keeps food miles down without compromising on quality; allows local growers to reap the benefits of scale and share knowledge and equipment; and gives growers a fair return for their crops.

Riverford on Home Farm delivers vegetable boxes across the North and North East of England. Following the success of the first two sister farms, Riverford on Upper Norton Farm grows and delivers to customers in the Hampshire area. In September 2008, Riverford on Stockley Farm launched, to grow and deliver to homes in the North West. Together, the five sister farms deliver to around 47,000 households in the UK each week.

The company has won many awards including the Fruit & Vegetable category 2009 in the Soil Association Organic Food Awards, National Example of Excellence 2009 in BITC’s Rural Action Award, Best Ethical Business 2009 in the Observer Ethical Awards, Best Organic Retailer 2009 in the Soil Association’s Natural and Organic Awards, Best Ethical Restaurant 2009 for its Field Kitchen in the Observer Food Monthly Awards and Non-Multiple Retailer of the Year 2008 in the Food and Farming Industry Awards.

Riverford’s first book, the Riverford Farm Cook Book, was published in September 2008 by Fourth Estate and won Best First Book 2009 and Work on British Food 2009 at the Guild of Food Writers Awards. In 2010 Riverford launched a “Riverford Cooks” campaign to inspire people to cook from scratch using a vegbox. Riverford Cooks work up and down the country in their local communities on activities from cooking lunches in people’s homes through to public cookery workshops and demos.www.riverford.co.uk

* Giles Coren “The lunch of my life, 9/10”, The Times, 14th November 2009


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