February updates from the Crieff Food Co – Our CEO in training for the London Marathon, Remake Scotland, healthy eating in 2023

In this, the most romantic month of the year, there’s lots to love about what we’ve been up to in the last few weeks, and the February updates from the Crieff Food Co go a little something like this…


Jamie and son Hamish in training for this year’s London Marathon


In November last year, Crieff Food Co CEO and founder Jamie Landale told us that he and son Hamish were running this year’s London Marathon for which they’re both now in training  – and Jamie’s completed two half-marathons in the last four weeks!


They’re running for the amazing charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK ( www.alzheimersresearchuk.org ), which will hopefully soon find a cure for this horrendous disease. To support them please visit their just giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/landales-london-lunacy


Jamie and Hamish are running in honour of Jamie’s father and Hamish’s grandfather who sadly died from dementia, and Tessa, Jamie’s my mother-in-law and Hamish’s Granny, who has battled with it for many years.


Many of us have loved ones affected by dementia, and if you donate £50 or more at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/landales-london-lunacy and private message / email [email protected], giving the name of the person you wish them to run for, they will have the name printed on their marathon shirts.


They have 26 spaces to fill, one for each marathon mile. David Landale and Tessa Downshire will be miles 25 and 26 they’d would love to fill the other 24 and run for your loved ones too.


Many thanks in advance for all your support!


Remake Scotland


Remake Scotland is a community reuse charity run by volunteers and staff based in Crieff. Its purpose, to promote the reuse of materials for the benefit of our community. Remake is a local solution to a global problem.


In the last few weeks on our socials we told you all about its fabulous fabric and haberdashery section thanks to dedicated volunteers, and textile reuse is far more sustainable and beneficial to the planet and a wonderful creative pursuit.


Why not get yourself along to one of their sewing classes or get involved as a sewing volunteer, upcycling surplus fabric into new creative products such as the Remake tote bags?


Textiles contribute around 10% of global carbon emissions. Anything we can do to repair and upgrade rather than throwaway or buy new helps save money and the planet.


And speaking of which, we were also banging the ‘Don’t buy – borrow’ drum via The Crieff Community Tool Library – a Remake Scotland resource which provides members with access to a Library of Things, including tools for DIY, gardening equipment, craft stuff, play items, decorating aids, guitars, even pop-up marquees for the party after all the hard work.

Membership of the Tool Library is absolutely free!


The Remake Scotland Repair Café is another great service where the wonderful volunteers there will repair any broken and damaged items you might have. Anything from textiles, wooden items and bikes are accepted at the events!


The Repair Café will help to share repair skills throughout our local community, to help promote reuse and work towards the circular economy, so pop along to their next monthly event to to gain some useful knowledge on repairs and get your own items fixed up by the talented volunteers!



Find out more here: https://remakescotland.co.uk/



We all need some comfort food at this time of year


Look at that macaroni cheese! Delicious comfort food. Makes us feel cosy, happy and content at this time of year. Some firm favourites are Macaroni Cheese, Stovies, Mashed Tatties, Meatloaf and Pizza.


We asked you to give us your cockle-warming comfort food ideas on Facebook that you can see here


Healthy Eating in 2023


Or have you started 2023 on a healthy footing?  On socials, and in the interests of balance, we shared our top tips for making sure you have a healthy balanced diet:

  • Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties – wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on. They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer.
  • Eat lots of fruit and veg – at least 5 portions a day.
  • Eat more fish, including a portion of oily fish, and try to get at least 2 fish meals in your weekly meal planner
  • Cut down on saturated fat, yes it’s all the tasty stuff like butter, cheese and cakes, but seriously, your heart will thank you for it!
  • Cut back on sugar. A happier heart and smile to match!
  • Cut down on salt – no more than 6g a day for adults
  • Get active and be a healthy weight
  • Don’t get thirsty
  • Don’t skip breakfast


Recycle Christmas



We likewise via our socials gave you some tips on how to recycle your Christmas tree so that it would be turned into chipping for parks by chopping it up and popping in your tree bin or taking to a recycling centre.


At the same time drawing everybody’s attention to the fact that natural materials on wreaths, like ivy, fir cones, mistletoe and holly, can be composted as long as they’re not covered with excessive glitter


Glass baubles and tinsel are not recyclable but you could always donate to charity shops for re-sale.