Our town has a super market - and school that goes extra mile

Japanese delgates to Incredible Edible Todmorden with Ham Corner's Tony Thomas
Japanese delgates to Incredible Edible Todmorden with Ham Corner's Tony Thomas

Todmorden’s local food producers and traders are truly incredible, we are so lucky as a town to have a real super market and not a checkout in sight...

Not only do they sell great food, they also rise to the occasion when asked to do something a little out of the ordinary. Tony from Ham Corner not only cooked real local food for our visitors from Japan but delivered to our door and when asked if the visitors could meet him he said “yes” in true Tod style.

The delegates were very impressed.

But visits aren’t all one way. When June came over from Seoul and saw a presentation with a slide of Carl from Pextenement who followed his dream and changed from IT bod to cheese maker extraordinaire, she was inspired.

June mailed a few months later and explained: “That just doesn’t happen in Korea” and would Carl fly out and give a talk about how he made his vision a reality.

Now our town and Pextenement cheeses are even more well known, I wonder will there be shopping excursions from Seoul to Tod - that really would be incredible.

You may already have read about the launch of the Incredible Aqua Garden but what you may not know is that Christine at Todmorden High School put on an amazing lunch with all the food sourced locally. I doubt there are many school kitchens that could or would do that these days, but Christine showed what can be done. We are trying really hard to promote our local businesses so we have made a poets’ corner right at the side entrance to the Market Hall by Pollination Street garden. Now you can read a haiku by Judy Kendall and then pick up some pies, feeding your soul and your belly in one trip!