Suffolk Show 2012: Stallholders ensure excess food does not go to waste

YESTERDAY’S cancellation of the Suffolk Show left many stall holders with an unexpected problem.

The early finish meant there was a surplus of food on a number of stands - all potentially in danger of going to waste.

But generous stallholders came up with ingenious ways to get rid of their produce to ensure that it did not just get thrown away.

The EADT donated its left over apples, pears and oranges - that should have been given to show goers in its goodie bags - to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) Tree House hospice and St Elizabeth Hospice.

Editor Terry Hunt: “The food would have otherwise gone to waste. It’s great to be able to give it to two such worthy causes.”

Meanwhile the innovative East WI Ladies set up a stall in Orford Street, Ipswich, yesterday afternoon selling the tasty treats they had baked for the show.

Roger Muir, of Weeley Heath based Ken Muir Ltd, was also inviting people to snap up his award winning strawberries, which recently won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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“I’m offering them to anyone who is willing just to cover costs,” he said. “I hate to see things go to waste. I’ve been growing them for two and a half months and it would be a real shame to have to throw them away.”

Anybody who would like the strawberries can call Mr Muir on 01255 830181 or drop by Honey Pot Farm in Rectory Road, Weeley Heath, near Clacton.

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