Fair Food Cafe Penrith Now Open

Our new project, Fair Food Café at the Eden Rural Foyer in Penrith is now open offering a menu from local foods all cooked fresh in house. We also offer  Buffet Menus and a phone order service where you phone your order in and collect it or have it ready for when you arrive. We are situated at the back of the new Co-operative store, on Old London Road.

Fair Food Carlisle at the Pageant

Successful Carlisle Pageant all round for Fair Food Carlisle, Producers and, from what we are told, our customers. Look forward to next year.


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Green Party Leader to visit Fair Meals Direct

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is set to visit our brand new service, Fair Meals Direct, which helps get healthy, heart food to Carlisle’s most vulnerable people.

She will be accompanied by Peter Cranie, Green party lead European election candidate for the North West region. They will drop by at the Fair Food Carlisle depot (directions below) at 12:30pm on Tuesday, 14 April. Anyone wishing to come along is welcome – we will even provide a locally-sourced lunch!

Fair Meals direct – which has taken over from Cumbria County Council ‘Meals on Wheels’ service – is a not-for-profit scheme set up to help ensure that specially prepared, nutritious meals are available to people in the city who are not able to make such food for themselves.
All meals offered by the new service are prepared using produce sourced from within a 30-mile radius of Carlisle – reducing food miles, helping the environment, helping to ensure a market for local food producers and providing a boost to the Cumbrian economy.

The meals are prepared by a professional chef based at the Water Street homeless centre in Carlisle, from where they are delivered to homes across the city by a team of volunteers.

Anyone wishing to sign up to Fair Meals Direct will be given a menu each week, from which they can simply select the meals they would like to order. The food is seasonal, menus are changed regularly, vegetarian options are available and specific dietary requirements can be catered for. Meals are available from Monday to Friday – however, people are not required to order food every day.

Already, around 25 people have signed up to the service, which delivered its first meals two weeks ago.

Hopefully, we will see you at the depot at 12:30pm!

Directions to Fair Food Carlisle depot:
Enterprise centre (CA2 5BB) on James Street, Carlisle, Unit 46
We are situated at the back of the Enterprise Centre. Go down alley opposite swimming baths entrance, on James street, then turn right. Go as far as you can – Fair Food Carlisle is on your right (next to VAST electronics)
Alternatively, you can buzz unit 46 on the intercom of the Enterprise centre, at the front or the back
of the building.
Parking: there are usually parking places available around the back of the enterprise centre.

Volunteers needed for our new service…


Hot on the heels of the arrival of Fair Meals Direct – our brand new service set up to provide healthy, hearty food for some of the most vulnerable people in our community – we’re on the lookout for a little extra help…

Here’s how it works:

We’re making meals using great, local produce, with our chef working from 10am until 1pm each weekday at Water Street kitchen, Carlisle. We’re currently making around 30 meals a day for those who are perhaps not able to prepare food for themselves. We’ve got meat, fish and vegetarian options, so if you know someone who would benefit from this service, please get in touch

Knocking on door


Here’s what we need:

We require volunteer drivers to help deliver the meals to the people who need them. All journeys are within Carlisle, expenses are paid and full training will be given.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, so please spread the word. If you would like to join in with the deliveries, please contact: mark@sustainablecarlisle.org


Sign up for our Friday text reminder service

After a bit of research, we found out that one of the major reasons behind some of our customers’ infrequent ordering patterns was due to the fact that they just kept forgetting!

We thought we’d do something about it – so now you can get a weekly Fair Food Carlisle reminder sent directly to your mobile by signing up to our Friday text service.


Sign up to make sure you don’t miss out on great local produce

Getting involved couldn’t be easier: simply e-mail us your mobile number and tell us you want to sign up, or text “FRIDAY REMINDER SERVICE” to 07701019238.

Once done, every Friday morning you will receive a message to remind you that the weekly cut off time for ordering through Fair Food Carlisle is not far away – making sure you never have to miss out on your regular delivery of fresh, great local produce.

Fair Food Carlisle at Local and Global fairtrade event

Fair Food Carlisle went along to the Fairtrade Fortnight Local and Global coffee morning at the Border Kirk, Carlisle, on Saturday, 8 March.

It was a great event – lots of people there on the day and an extremely high volume of tea, coffee, cake and scones consumed throughout the morning!

Cllr. Bloxham

Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr. Bloxham, visiting the Fair Food Carlisle stall

It was nice to see the Fairtrade movement being so well supported, and to top it all off, there was a lot of activity at our Fair Food Carlisle stall with many people coming over to buy produce and find out more about the work of our co-operative.


The Great Food debate

Sat 30th November 2013.


Great Food Debate

Slow Food event


Creative wellbeing salad – at the Carlisle Pageant

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First Bike -powered delivery

First Bike -powered delivery


We used a bike + bike trailer to do some of the deliveries around Carlisle yesterday.

This is something I have wanted to do since the project started – but has taken me a while to work out the practicalities.

It ran smoothly despite a downpour – mid cycle ride.

First bicycle powered delivery

First bicycle powered delivery

A few improvements to the trailer – and we should be able to do this every week.

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