Eat Local

  • vegetableboxWhen food is local and seasonal, is it more likely to be full of flavour and nutrition. Use the Eat Seasonably calendar to discover which fruit and vegetables are in season this month.
  • Consider growing food on your windowsill, or outside if you are in private accommodation.  The Guardian has a guide for how to get started.

Eat food produced locally

  • Catch the Good Food Market each month in Market Square for local treats.
  • Shambles Market in town sells locally produced food, vegetables and flowers.
  • SCOOP is a student and volunteer not-for-profit cooperative store, selling ethical and locally made foods.  Details on membership prices and opening times can be found here.
  • The Edible Uni is a community growing project that turns unused green spaces on campus into edible gardens.  There are also public veg beds around town.
  • The York Food & Drink Festival celebrates local and regional food and drink.  It runs in town every September; there is a Chocolate festival in April and a taster festival in June.

Eating well on campus

  • Grab yourself a Yourcafe meal, made from intercepted surplus food, generated by local supermarkets, and cooked up into a treat.  YourCafe visits the University several times a term and holds a ‘Fill Bellies, Not Bins’ event.
  • You can take your own mug or reusable cup to any of the catering outlets on campus and avoid paying our latte levy.  In town, lots of independent cafes offer discounts on drinks purchased in a resuable cup.

Get involved

  • Help out with an existing community garden, or volunteer to help at harvest time with Edible York.
  • Volunteering opportunities are available with Yourcafe or SCOOP.
  • Thinking of setting up your own sustainable food enterprise? applications for help with start up costs and mentoring are available through NUS Student Eats.