If you’re a friend of wildlife, hate pesticides (who doesn’t?) and like to know the provenance of your food, then Organic September is for you. Run by UK food and farming charity, the Soil Association, it’s a month-long campaign designed to encourage more of us to try organic products, and shine a light on the amazing organic farmers, producers and brands who work hard to produce food as it should be.
“Small changes can make a huge difference,” says Clare McDermott from the Soil Association. “Switching to just one organic item can really help contribute to changing our food system for the better. Demand for more organic food means more organic farms. More organic farms mean more wildlife and more animals raised to the highest welfare standards.”
There are plenty of ways to go organic this September, from events, demos and tastings to special offers and delish recipes. Check out the Soil Association’s website to download the ‘Get Started Organic Kit’ and find details of what’s happening near you. Here’s a small taste (organic, natch) of what’s on offer:
River Cottage: Borough Market Takeover, throughout September
River Cottage is heading to London’s culinary heart for a season of cookery courses, talks and events at the world-famous Borough Market. Visitors will be able to tuck into a taste of the west country at the River Cottage stall which will be in the Market Hall throughout September, alongside artisan producers, who will be selling the best in west country sustainable fare.
There will be lots of familiar River Cottage faces around the market throughout the month, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who will be hosting a River Cottage Veg Feast on September 21st to celebrate the launch of his latest book, Much More Veg. Enjoy a sumptuous organic veg-based menu, cooked up by River Cottage Head Chef, Gelf Alderson. Tickets cost £125.
Whole Foods Kensington Market Takeover, 16 September
Chefs, bloggers and favourite brands take over a pop-up kitchen to host a day of fun and interactive cooking demonstrations using the finest organic ingredients. Highlights include an organic Brunch-Off, food styling tutorials and a demo from Joey O’Hare from Masterchef: The Professionals, plus plenty of chances to sample BOOM (Best of Organic Market) award-winning brands.
Whole Foods Market, Kensington, W8 (020 7368 4500; wholefoodsmarket.com)
Clean Living: A Dirty Trend? Whole Foods Market, 28 September
Panelists dish the dirt on clean living: why it’s integral to our health, body and beauty, and it’s no longer a ‘fad’ movement. Tickets cost £16.32 from eventbrite.co.uk . Whole Foods Market, Kensington, W8 (020 7368 4500; wholefoodsmarket.com)
Understanding your gut flora & fermentation class, As Nature Intended, 28 September
Everything you ever wanted to know about supporting your gut flora but were too afraid to ask. The complex, yet important gut flora have a huge impact on your everyday health; find out with London’s leading organic food and natural remedies retailer, As Nature Intended, how traditional foods and herbs can help your health and longevity. Tickets cost £11.04 from eventbrite.co.uk,(includes a £10 voucher to spend on Living Nutrition Products).
As Nature Intended, 36 Edgware Road, W2 (020 7723 6750; asnatureintended.uk.com)