Foodival is Transition Town Tooting's annual food festival, celebrating everything that's good about locally grown food. Foodival aims to show how it's possible to grow local, eat local, be sustainable and have fun while doing it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Foodival Update and Planning Meeting and PEARS PEARS PEARS!

Well with a month to go we now have 8, yes, 8 Tooting restaurants on board for Foodival so now it's a big call to grow, grow, grow for the event! I should also say that it's also time to pick, pick, pick for event - Rose is looking for Pear pickers (see pear trees below) for the mountains of them. This also means we need storage - Mark has already kindly offered the use of his freezer but we will need more so let me know if you've any space. Rose is looking for pickers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings so please call her if you're free - 0208 673 3754 and 07910 028 367.
Hope you're all well and also to remind everyone of the Foodival Planning meeting next Tuesday in the Selkirk -it'll be downstairs as there's a party in our usual room but i'm sure we'll be fine :)
Rose is calling for all 7 foot Tooting Residents with Mr Tickle arms to help collect these pears. You know who you are!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Finally A Proper Courgette!

The flowers may be pretty and the bees may like them but my courgette plant has only been producing "chiplolatas" all summer: one bite and they are gone!  But this week finally, ach ja, fantastisch ... ein BRATWURST!
This plant is actually grown from a seed I picked up at April seed swap.  Despite myriad slug and snail attacks, it's producing the goods at last!
And these handsome tomatoes will hopefully be red by Sep 18th!  Anyone else out there have some pictures of what they are growing?  DT

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

5 Restaurants On Board!

With less than 6 weeks to go before the Foodival I thought I best post an update. Thanks to the timely efforts of Esther we now have 5 restaurants on board for the day - Mirch Masala, Al Mirage, Spice Village, Roti Restaurant, and Masaledar with the possibility of more to come! After a nice little planting sesssion on the 3rd we now have oddles of compost and pots thanks to Abby (please email me if you'd like any of this!) and some lovely planted wellies thanks to Bunny -i foolishly failed to get a picture but i've put what they will hopefully look like below!
Also, a call has come from Rose to see if anyone is free to help collect pears and damsons -if you're willing and able please call her on: 07910 028 376 and she'll give details of collection dates/times :)
So all that's needed now is a call from me to see who can volunteer on either or both of the 18th and 19th of September and check that none of your lettuces have wilted to death in the insane heat!
Please email me any new pics you have of growing fruit and veg and i'll put them up on the site.
Right, well as a turn up for the books i've got to go drain some of my seedlings that have been drowned in this afternoon's down pour -eek!
See you all soon,
Bootiful!! ahahahaha!