The Love Local Food Van travels around the Exeter area of Devon selling, just as it says, local food! Over the coming months the van and its operator, Kevin Cotter, will be hosting a series of exhibitions featuring places visited within Feeding Body and Soul/Unlikely Heroes project. First up will be a selection of images featuring Kindling Trust, the Manchester-based charity aiming to create a progressive and socially just food supply chain across Manchester.
Once not so long ago shops on wheels were part of our lives. A hoot of the horn or a ring of the bell and you knew to come out to buy your vegetables or fruit or fish. It also meant a chance to chat to a neighbour and generally pick up on things local. Kevin s aim is to restore that world. Regular customers are his core business. Always there at the right time, picking up a conversation from last week, sharing a bit news of what the current state of veg garden is like – its all part of the deal. The Love Local Food Van is stocked from over 40 local producers and has seasonal vegetables, bread, meat, dairy and more. Kevin is keen to explore what is local and seasonal and discover the food stories behind what he stocks. A visit to this shop could entail just buying soem lovely fruit and veg….more likely it could include some storytelling, some farm to plate activities and interactive learning based around seasonality and food miles, and even some seasonal cooking. The opportunity to exhibit work here was always going to be enticing!!and buying what they usually buy. Passers by though can take a long while to get used to the idea of a real shop on wheels where people actually talk to you.
I’ll be meeting with Kevin towards the end of September and the opening of the van’s first exhibition will be soon afterwards. Watch the Love Local Food Van website or here on Feeding Body and Soul for details of the exhibition and Kevin’s circuit of stopping points.