Exchanging produce for vouchers at local resrestaurants and cafes


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Is anyone aware of any restaurants, cafes or schemes in the UK that encourage people to exchange produce for vouchers?

When I was younger and working for a local café, I remember trying many different methods of engaging with the local community. The idea of being able to give my excess produce to a local cafe in return for a voucher seems rather mutually beneficial! Has anyone seen an example of this in practice, and was it successful?
 
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welcome to the forum Garry. I wonder which part of the UK you are in? I can`t see this happening now, even though it seems like a good idea.
We were thinking, though, of having a chat with our local garden shop. Water cress is a product that is grown and sold here in those shops, so why not other supplies :unsure:

There do seem to be lots of ''farmers markets'' happening more recently.
 
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Thank you for the warm welcome Tetters, I'm from East Yorkshire.

I think it's a good idea to go and ask, surely the idea this produce has almost zero food miles and was grown here it could be a nice selling point for the shop. Especially amoung those who are actively trying to eat local and seasonal with the environment in mind.

I'd be interested to know what your local garden shop makes of it.
 
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It`s a bit early to ask them at the moment. We are hoping to produce a fair quantity of rhubarb ( I think most of it is produced ''up `ome'' in Yorkshire) We have quite a few plants started now, and plan to increase. When the time comes I`ll let you know how it goes, as long as you stick around for a while :unsure:;)

Are you going to start making enquiries there then? What are you growing?
I am all for growing and eating produce that`s grown locally.
 
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With my job at the moment I have to move every 6 months, although it's within the fresh produce industry so I'm happy to be learning, but I just never have the opportunity to settle down and grow anything myself. My family had an allotment when I was younger, which was a great experience and I'm keen to get back to it once my scheme is over and I won't be moving around so much!

I was mainly enquiring because I want to test this concept of cafes and restaurants offering vouchers to growers in return for produce, and see if it could work. I mainly want to give small businesses an opportunity to engage with their local community, something big chains would struggle to do. I've made a draft website for the idea (https://allotmorelocal.wixsite.com/website) and will test it once I move to Lincolnshire mid-April.

I think that even if the produce doesn't come in regularly and you never know what you'll get, surely getting a bit of veg from someone down the road, who could easily become your customer is a good idea. But this doesn't appear to happen much around the UK, so maybe I'm a little crazy to think it could work :unsure:
 

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Welcome to the forum Garry :)

Good idea. Not aware of any schemes but that doesn't mean to say they're not around.

I used to part pay for my driving lessons with veg from my allotment :)
 
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