Sunnyside invites all to taste top foods

Sunnyside Rural Trust
Sunnyside Rural Trust

Local food producers will be championing their products at a garden which trains people with learning disabilities.

Sunnyside Rural Trust’s event on Saturday, September 19, runs from 10am to 3pm at their Hemel Food Garden site.

The free event will be a chance to see the developments around the site and enjoy some delicious food.

There will be a children’s petting zoo and face painting for young ones, a barbecue from Hazeldene Farm, beer from Haresfoot Brewery, music and Neil’s Yard Remedies Organic. There will also be eight different types of coffee available from coffee expert Colin Smith from Smiths Coffee, just down the canal from the site.

Sunnyside Rural Trust grows all kinds of fruit and vegetables to organic principles working with their trainees, who have learning disabilities. There will be lots of this delicious produce on sale to buy on the day from the farm shop as well as eggs from the chickens at Northchurch. Visitors can see how fantastic apple juice tastes when it is freshly pressed on the spot.

Chief executive Keely Siddiqui Charlick said: “It is great to be celebrating all things local at this event and to be working with the producers who regularly supply our farm shop. There is nothing better than enjoying eating something knowing that it has been made by someone who cares personally about their own product, and that is has not travelled many food miles.”

There will also be the judging of the Dacorum Local Food Initiative’s Growing Food programme, which will have been running for 12 weeks and has been encouraging people to try their hand at growing vegetables on the site.

The trust supports more than 120 adults with learning disabilities through work skills in horticulture over three sites in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Northchurch.