Shopping online for locally produced food, sounds great doesn’t it? That’s what the Food Assemblies are all about and last week Shaftesbury Food Assembly was launched. I attended the launch night in Shaftesbury and met ladies behind the Shaftesbury Food Assembly, Maggie & Fiona, along with the producers who sell via the Food Assembly.

The Shaftesbury Food Assembly was officially opened by their first ever customer when she came to collect her shopping she had ordered online. It was great evening chatting to producers and customers alike, there is no rush.



So what is the Food Assembly all about? This is what Fiona & Maggie told me:

“Each week, our producers have a range of their Food and Drink products available online at Shaftesbury Food Assembly website.

The online market opens every Thursday morning and closes on Monday night, so customers have 4 – 5 days to order their shopping. We will email all our customers to announce the opening, (with any special products available that week) and a reminder before it is due to close.

The producers can then print out a list of all the items they have sold, in order to prepare/cook/butcher their orders in time for the Wednesday evening.

They bring along to the Assembly ONLY the orders that have already been bought and paid for online, so it is not exactly a Farmers’ Market.

The customers come and collect their goods and chat to the producers over a drink, if they wish, making it a sociable hour and a half.

This is the producer’s answer to ‘Click and Collect’ and our customers’ ‘One Stop Food Shop’.”


It all sounds great and registering for it is totally free and there is no obligation to order anything. Once you register online you are able to view all producers who have signed up for the Shaftesbury Food Assembly and see what products they have available each week. It really is all very simple!


Shaftesbury Food Assembly covers food from fish, meat and dairy to fresh bread and cakes not forgetting vegetables and drinks. All producers are local to Dorset and Wiltshire and attend the Food Assembly every week to deliver their products and chat to customers. I would call that great customer care that really doesn’t exist in supermarkets where there is no possibility to talk to the actual producer!


Edit (23/11/2016) The Shaftesbury Food Assembly has moved across the roundabout to the Royal Chase Hotel. I attended their tasting extravaganza evening tonight where producers offered customers and visitors samples of their produce – more producers have joined the Shaftesbury Food Assembly since the launch in September. Do have a look on their website for producers and the wonderful local products on offer.



Shaftesbury Food Assembly takes place every Wednesday 5.30pm to 7pm at

The Royal Chase Hotel

Belmont Suite



to contact Fiona & Maggie please email

and to register for Shaftesbury Food Assembly go to the website:


Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? no
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? no
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? yes
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? no
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? no
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