Good food snapped up at launch
IT WAS all hands on deck as Ipswich Good Food Co-Op (IGFC) volunteers were swamped by launch attendees on Sunday.
IGFC organiser Deborah Farrell said the co-op launch lunch sold out in under an hour, and extra volunteers put up their hands to cater to unpredicted numbers.
"It went really well; we had a huge turnout," Ms Farrell said.
"We knew there was a lot of interest, but we weren't sure it would convert to attendance, which it did."
Ms Farrell said the IGFC team prepared lunch for 150 people.
The menu indicated just how dedicated the IGFC was to sustainability.
"We were serving pork with kale slaw, and the pork was supplied by a farmer from Warwick who breeds free-range Tamworth pigs, which is a rare heritage breed," Ms Farrell said.
"Supporting that farmer to continue the bloodline means helping to ensure biodiversity.
"I also cooked a green chicken curry using meat from a Toowoomba poultry farm.
"There was also a sweet potato soup and vegetable soup, and all of the vegetables were sourced from within a five-hour driving distance."
Ms Farrell said the turnout of about 200 people resulted in 40 to 50 people signing up to be members of the IGFC.
"We've actually capped our membership at 50 for the moment, just to make sure it doesn't get out of hand," Ms Farrell said.
"Now the launch is over, we've got to do all of the paperwork and we'll hopefully open for the first time in late July or early August.
"Membership will cost $20 for six months or $30 for a year, and then we will ask members to put forward $50 in advance to purchase goods in advance.
"We'll host an event every Tuesday night, where people can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables that are delivered fresh from the farm on Monday.
"We'll also do bigger orders of meat and whole foods like flour that will last longer.
"People will be able to order bread and eggs and other products like chemical-free cleaning products in advance."
Ms Farrell thanked volunteers and co-organisers for their help.
"It was tiring but a lot of fun," she said.
Ipswich Good Food Co-Op membership is currently capped at 50, but readers can express their interest in joining via the "Ipswich Good Food Co-Op" Facebook page.
Shopping nights will start on Tuesday July 31 or August 7.