Veggies Catering Campaign aims to balance a preference for fresh, locally produced foods, supporting local suppliers and reducing ‘food miles’, with encouraging the demand for organic foods. We do not therefore claim to use only organic ingredients and our entire operation is not certified as organic, due to the disproportionate fees for registering a small volunteer-led grass-roots business such as ours for Soil Association Certification. However we aspire to the principles of the Wholesome Food Association.
We campaign directly against the genetic mutation of foods and the globalisation of supply. We avoid the use of palm oil in both foods and fuel, although margerine and cake icing may currently contain palm oil.
Veggies Burgers and Sosages are made from our own fully organic mixes, using organic soya TVP from France. Although sourced as locally as possible we aim to reduce the use of soya, in favour of hemp flour, which is highly nutritious, and can be grown in the UK without artificial farm additives. Our mixes contain no added oil or fats.
We bake our own cakes in-house using, when available, organic flours locally stoneground, 3 miles away at Green’s Mill in Sneinton. Other organic flours come (via Lembas) from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire or Dove’s Farm in Berkshire.
Our bread is baked by Hunt’s Bakery, a local and independent bakery, just four miles from our Nottingham home.
Other baked goods are from Screaming Carrot. Although not (yet) fully organic, the products are certainly locally produced, as they are literally on the next street (0.2 miles)!
Other wholefoods are supplied by Lembas, the Sheffield-based wholefood wholesaler for the region. Their entire range is gm-free and vegetarian, and they encourage the use of organic produce where available. Lembas also distribute Veggies Burgers, sosages and mixes, hand-made from organic ingredients in Veggies all-vegan kitchen!
Vegetables are supplied by L&M Stores, based in the heart of our local community. Although not organic, they couldn’t be fresher or more locally sourced. Subject to availability, chemical-free produce can be obtained from Ecoworks community market garden in Nottingham, Eden Farms at Spilsby, Lincs or Red Earth Organics at Southwell, Notts. Other suppliers of locally and/or organically grown foods can be found from the Food Initiatives Group or, throughout the UK, from the Big Barn website or foodcoops.org.
An increasing amount of produce, including herbs and some salad, comes from our own vegan organic urban demonstration garden at the Sumac Centre, supporting the ideals of the Movement for Compassionate Living, to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth, with guidance from the Vegan Organic Network.
If you (or we) have to go to a supermarket, then we consider the Co-op a better option than, for example A$da/Walmart and other corporate blots on the (green belt) landscape, like Tesco, if for no other reason than that the Co-op has a good policy on labelling products suitable for vegans and a commitment to Fairtrade.
More details of the products that we use can be found on our ‘Ethical & Green Policy pages.
Details of the ingredients that we don’t use are listed on the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation’s Glossary of Animal Substances
Veggies Burgers and Sausages. Chilli Burgers . Hemp Burgers
Bread and Salad [subject to availability]
Wholefood Ingredients for freshly prepared meals.
Tomato Ketchup . Egg-free Mayo . Wholegrain Mustard
Fair Trade Teas & Coffee, (including sugar and soya milk)
Cola, Lemonade, Ginger Beer
Herbs and other fresh produce from our own garden!