Locavore (meaning ‘eater of local food’) is a not-for-profit organisation working on projects to encourage more people to eat locally and sustainably. Their hub is the shop-cum-community kitchen in Shawlands, from where they sell local and Scottish food including meat from Edenmill; fruit and veg from allotments, farmers and gardens; artisan cheese and dairy and larder staples like Hebridean sea salt, oats, preserves and honey. All profits are invested back into projects to build sustainable local food economies. They also run workshops in cooking and gardening and host occasional events, linking up annually with Blasda to celebrate local food. There are a number of ways to get involved, from signing up to a veg or meat and dairy basket subscription – a number of sizes are available for weekly collection or local delivery – to volunteering with projects.
Spreading around a corner venue, Locavore’s exterior stands proud in racing green and sunshine yellow hues. It’s a bigger, better, busier hub for the Community Interest Company helping us to rethink the way we grow, buy and eat food. Cheery orange coats the walls up to ornate cornicing, framing a bustling one-stop shop for wholesome organic needs – scoop/pour-your-own, home- grown veg, groceries, local bread – it’s a cornucopia of organic goodness. The communal café has a tight, enticing menu from homemade smoky beans on toast to open sandwiches and the does- the-lot ‘Locavore Fare’ – a tin plate loaded with three seasonal salads (could be quinoa and squash, cherry tomato and vegetables, a refreshing cucumber number). There is some top-notch evoo- drizzled Freedom Bakery bread, dunked into homemade hummus and dips, while the meaty plate (vegan available) includes beautiful Peelham farm charcuterie. Their choc chip banana cake is dense, delicious, and comes with a proper cake fork – on a chipped plate – which frankly is priorities spot on: cake forks matter, chips don’t. Sourcing, as you’d imagine, is impeccable, ingredients shout and sing with righteous self-worth and the kitchen handles it all with aplomb.
Reviews & features
Best cafés in Glasgow4 Jun 2019
Glasgow's best spots for tea, coffee and cake – with a slice of good ambience thrown in too
Glasgow's café scene is a moveable feast – one that is always expanding and delivering new, exciting offerings. With an emphasis on good baking and quality coffee, Glasgow's cafes reflect every vibrant neighbourhood they're in. Relaxed brunch and vegan…
Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2019: Glasgow winners16 Apr 2019
The List's annual food and drink award winners in Glasgow include Locavore, Five March and the team behind Cafezique
The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide has announced the winners of its Eating & Drinking Awards for 2019. With the publication of the guide's 26th annual edition, ten venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow have been highlighted by the reviewers…
Locavore: the one-stop revolution shop2 Apr 2015
The man behind Locavore aims to kickstart a social transformation in sustainable, local food
Peer into Locavore and you’ll find a treasure trove of organic, sustainable things. There's the blackboard explaining the origins of the locally sourced vegetables ('Derek brings us lovely produce from his farm near Perth')
Community projects: Glasgow's flourishing Southside6 May 2014
The Southside Fringe, Glad Cafe and Locavore are among the area's thriving community initiatives
Something good is growing in the Southside of Glasgow. It took root when local residents occupied the marked-for-closure Govanhill Baths in 2001 to turn it into a community-run venue. It’s in the independent spirit that last year drove local gig…