Review: Glasgow Food Assembly
I was excited to hear about the Glasgow Food Assembly launching at Drygate and placed an order last week to try it out. I describe it as an online farmers' market - you browse what's available online, place your order and pay, and then pop along to Drygate between 5.30-7.30pm on a Monday night to collect your goodies.
[Update – collection is now on a Tuesday night!]
As it was my first order, I didn't go too overboard - some veg and meat, and eggs. There's a bigger range than I expected actually and you can get everything from salmon to bread, goat, mutton, chorizo, herbs and more. It does vary from week to week but you can easily browse online and just pick what takes your fancy. I also liked that it's just a week-by-week commitment - you don't need to pay a fee to be a member - just order as you want stuff and then collect it on the Monday.
I was a little early to collect my order but the Food Assembly was already pretty much set up. They're normally based upstairs at Drygate (last night they were outside the bottle shop) and it was so nice to meet the producers and have a chat. Picking up the order was really easy - just got my name marked off and grabbed my goodies from each person. I got smoked duck, salmon, beetroots, multi-coloured carrots and eggs - all up £19.
The only downside I would mention is that you can't buy something then and there - I would have gotten some chutney, but they don't do sales in person. You need to order in advance. But actually, that isn't such a problem and I would definitely order again - I like being able to support small, local businesses where I can and appreciate that doing it this way reduces food waste so it's a win win.