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Riverford Farm are known for their organic vegetable boxes, which are delivered to homes up and down the country. Now the Devon growers have taken to the road with their Travelling Field Kitchen, serving fresh, healthy meals inside a beautiful big yurt.
Riverford owner Guy Watson said the idea – which came to him “in a drunken haze by the reservoir down by the farm” – is “all about celebrating great vegetables”. It’s also an opportunity for his staff to “mix with customers and understand what makes an acceptable cabbage”.
Last night I popped into the temporary restaurant, currently at Freightliners City Farm in Islington, to sample some of their produce.
Dinner is served at long communal tables, so be prepared to talk to your neighbours! I had the veggie option, a lovely pastry and squash dish, accompanied by plates of colourful vegetables from Riverford farms, which were shared among the table.
For dessert, we got to choose from a counter full of amazing homemade puddings. I chose the gorgeous pavlova, which was covered in enormous strawberries. One fellow diner obviously found the choice too difficult: she asked for two desserts.
There are many reasons why you should visit the Travelling Field Kitchen: for the experience of dining in a yurt, the friendly atmosphere and of course the delicious food. It’s only in London until Sunday so catch it while you can!
Riverford’s Travelling Field Kitchen is at Freightliners City Farm until 20 June 2010