What Will 2021 Bring?

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Now that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced unwanted change into virtually everyone’s life, what we we expect on the food front in 2021?

Home-grown and locally grown food, displayed at a past Llansawel Show, will be needed more than ever in 2021.

Food producers and retailers in the Llandeilo area, as everywhere else, will face an additional challenge: Brexit. If there is no deal agreed, food imports will become more expensive and local producers will struggle to export profitably, due to the imposition of tariffs. Delays at UK borders will damage perishable foods. Even if the government does not bring in food rationing, major food retailers will continue to set their own limits.

Post-Brexit shortages should increase demand for foods, and drinks, produced and sold locally, often directly from producer to customer, so it helps to know who those producers are. That’s the reason for our guide.

If you find errors, or glaring omissions, please let us know.

Updating for 2020

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Llandeilo Food Network is updating the Llandeilo Local Food Guide for 2020. Suggestions to change or add entries are gratefully received, via the Llandeilo Food Network/ Rhwydwaith Bwyd Llandeilo page on Facebook.

There is a dynamic local food economy in and around Carmarthenshire, which we hope will continue to grow. If you have a food enterprise here, please do let us know.

 

Yr Ysgubor at Llandovery

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The Ysgubor (Barn) Café at Ystrad Nursery & Agricultural Supplies, between Llandovery and Llanwrda on the A40 road, is a popular venue for light lunches, teas and coffees. Open 10am to 4pm daily, the café has a menu featuring fresh local foods. The nursery itself, open 9.30am-4.30pm, is well stocked with a very wide range of healthy plants and gardening requisites, and there is free parking.  The Alpacas, George and Moonshine, add a touch of the exotic. Tel 01550 721666.

Delicious salads are a feature of the Ysgubor menu.

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More Additions to Food Guide

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Half a dozen new entries in the food guide today, highlighting Carmarthenshire’s growing importance as a centre for local, sustainable foods. We have added Carreg Cennen Tearoom, Dryslwyn Community Shop, Rhosyn Farm Produce, The Castle Hotel, The Warren, and Watson and Pratt.

Much appreciated if anyone who spots an error gets in touch, so we can put it right.

 

Foodies Event in Crugybar

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Tastes from the Tywi Valley and around — quite an incentive to go along to the Big Cwtch Summer Party on Saturday September 12th, at Glanrannell Park House in Crugybar. Cnwd (number 10 in the Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015, terrines, pâtés, smoked fish) will be there, with chef Scott Davis cooking in a pop-up restaurant by the lake in the grounds, serving local food.

From the Hedge Rose (number 12 in the food guide, free-range rare-breed pork, lamb and beef) is in the line-up, and so is Blas o’r Tan (number 32, pizza oven). Also on the list are Benporium’s spun sugar candy fleece, Big Fish Little Fish, Cothi Valley Goats dairy products, Cwrtau Bach Farm vegetables and savoury preserves, Ginhaus Deli of Llandeilo, Handmade Beer Company, Mr Nice Pie vegan pies, Nomnom Chocolate, Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company seaweed and laverbread, Slow Pig pig roast, Welsh Cottage Cakes, and lots more.

The Big Cwtch is about music too, more than 30 acts  on two stages, and activities for children. It’s a tad expensive, in my opinion, but the idea is to raise money for Ski 4 All Wales, which enables disabled people to take part in winter sports. Full adult tickets are currently £30, children 13-16 £15, 5-12 £10, under 5s free, family ticket £70.

Pity that the Big Cwtch clashes with Llansawel Show, which will be taking place only a couple of miles down the road in the next village! Llansawel Show is competitive for sheep, dogs, ponies and donkeys, besides horticulture, handicrafts, cookery and art — a popular, traditional country show, of course with refreshments (Cegin Pantygwin, number 2 in our food guide) and ice cream (Golwg-y-Mynydd/ Mountain View, number 8).

Hopefully next year, such a clash can be avoided.

PDR

2015 Llandeilo and Tywi Local Food Guide Coming Soon

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The print version of the 2015 Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide will be out soon and as last year, will be distributed free. To read the draft version online, click on the title: Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015.  Thanks to everyone who agreed to be listed. The entries reflect the wide spectrum of food businesses in Llandeilo and the surrounding area. It’s clear, though, that dairying has fared very badly in recent years, and the survivors deserve medals. The location map is originally from www.walesdirectory.co.uk — to whom we give thanks for permission to use it.  May 4th 2015

Food Guide News

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The final copies of Llandeilo Food Network’s first food guide — Fresh Local Food and Drink in and around Llandeilo 2014 —  are in The Green House, 91 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo. Copies are free, just take one.

We plan a bigger version for 2015, and have lots more producers and shops to include. Preparation will start in December.

Please email me, patricia@doddracher.com, if you produce or sell food originating within about 20 miles of Llandeilo, and would like to know more about the guide — or call in when passing The Green House (01558 822646), and collect a copy while there are still some left.

Just down the road from The Green House, at 83 Rhosmaen Street, Y Pantri opened today. Y Pantri sells wholefoods and local produce, a lot of it organic. You can find cheeses, cold meats, yogurts,  baked goods, vegetables, groceries, preserves, treats and more. Open 9-3 Monday-Saturday, 01558 328206.

Local producers were attracting customers during the Llandovery Sheep Festival on September 27 and 28. Earth Oven’s wood-fired oven baked popular pizzas (07976 945245), HedgeRose from Pumsaint sold rare-breed pork (07946 606079), and Mrs Pook’s Kitchen from near Lampeter had enticing marmalades and chutneys (01570 472810). Mrs Pook’s stock list includes Jamaica marmalade (with rum, naturally) and Creole mango chutney — not local ingredients, but prepared in West Wales.

Local home delivery services are a boon, especially in rural areas with very little public transport. Jac’s Fruit and Veg van delivers in many villages of north Carmarthenshire and into south Ceredigion, 07817 101794. Now Cooper the Butchers of 4 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, have a delivery service for locally-produced meats, including beef, lamb, chicken, pork and chicken, sausages, bacon, faggots and burgers. Find out more from 01558 823463.

Coming up, Llansawel Market next Saturday, October 18th, in the village hall, 10am-1pm. Refreshments, as well as local foods and crafts for sale.

Pat Dodd Racher, Llandeilo Food Network