Together TV gives viewers another chance to watch ‘The Farmer and the Food Chain’ – starring Welsh farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, as he attempts to demonstrate that local produce is the best choice for consumers.
This series, originally screened in 2015, follows hill farmer Gareth as he goes on a mission to explore the Welsh food industry and discover whether Wales can change the way it feeds itself. In the first episode Gareth tries to convince the Welsh public to buy local food and in doing so support the local community.
To see if there is an appetite for local produce, Gareth opens up a pop-up shop on Bangor High Street selling nothing but the finest local produce. He has limited time available and has set himself a forty-mile radius from which to source his produce. His first stop is a small fishing cove on the Llyn Peninsula, from which Gareth heads out to sea with a local fishermen.
It’s Gareth’s first time on a fishing boat, and as a man of the mountains, it’s not something he’s looking forward to. As well as a selection of seafood, Gareth also needs vegetables for his shop and he travels to Llanlechid in search of top quality produce.
Chris Jones grows a wide variety of veg, but farming high in the Carneddau Mountains he is governed by the environment and the seasons. Getting enough food to fill his shop isn’t easy and Gareth calls in a favour from on old friend who specialises in top quality Welsh pork.
Back on the Llyn, Gareth lends a hand on Ella Roberts’s farm but he’s got his work cut out tattooing the latest batch of piglets. Eventually Gareth has enough produce to fill his shop, but can he get local people to invest in their local economy by buying local food?
The Farmer and the Food Chain Saturday 9 November at 6pm on Together TV Freeview 89 | Sky 194 | Virgin 269 | Freesat 164