AN INITIATIVE aiming to bring people together to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and foodmakers will be launched in Barry.

The Food Assembly scheme, the first in South Wales, means that Vale of Glamorgan customers can order food online from local food producers before picking it up weekly at a local venue.

All the food comes from an average distance of 28 miles, compared to the 600 miles with a supermarket.

The Food Assembly connects neighbours to farmers, neighbours to each other, and everyone to their food.

By choosing to buy local, shoppers can support the local economy.

It also ensures your money reaches the right people; food producers keep more than 80 per cent of sales for every product sold, compared to 15 per cent to 25 per cent through supermarkets.

It also means less food waste as all the food is ordered in advance.

Weekly shoppers can choose from unique local products, such as organic vegetables from Riverside Market Garden; handmade artisan pasta from Casa Del Cymru; and sausages and bacon from Old Cogan Hall Farm.

There is also fresh local coffee and beer.

The Barry Assembly is organised by food-obsessed Alice Turner.

She said: “I am so excited to be launching the first Food Assembly in South Wales. I love living here and am committed to finding the best local producers for Barry Food Assembly, helping people to eat better food and support farms and producers. It’s completely free to join and there is no commitment to buy or minimum order.”

The Barry Food Assembly launches at Academy Expresso at the Pumphouse, Hood Road, at 5.30pm on Wednesday, June 21.

Farmers, foodmakers and their neighbours, and local food samples will be available.