Last weekend I went along to the excellent Ealing Community Fayre organised by Ealing Mums in Business and Ealing Transition.
It was great to see the community spirit there and I went home with some Ealing apple juice and Ealing elderflower cordial. Both of these were supplied by WEN Abundance, which is a wonderful local initiative to make the most of a glut of local fruit and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste.
Throughout the year teams of volunteers pick fruit as it becomes ripe and make it into jams, chutneys and cordials, which are then sold on a non-profit basis. Money from sales is reinvested in equipment to support the project.
Buying from WEN Abundance means that local fruit and veg doesn’t go to waste and you know that it’s truly local. For example, the apples in the apple juice that I bought came from one particular tree.
There are various ways that you can become involved (including picking fruit, letting volunteers pick fruit you’re not going to use, or jam and chutney making). To find out more check out the Wen Abundance website or e-mail Diane and Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org