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Bread club launches across Fife

Matthew Roberts
Matthew Roberts runs the Steamie Bakehouse from a garden shed

A bread club has been set up in Fife to encourage more people to eat quality local food.

The Steamie Bakehouse in Dunfermline operates by delivering pre-ordered loaves to a central collection point reducing waste and food miles.

Members insist the bread is tastier and healthier than industrially produced loaves, and they said it is safe for some people with wheat allergies.

It is hoped it will inspire others to set up bread clubs across Scotland.

Mass produced

Matthew Roberts, who runs the Steamie Bakehouse, told BBC Scotland how he runs the operation from a garden shed.

He said: "We bake to order so we don't have waste and it's good for the community because they get it really fresh straightaway.

"We really do care about food equality and we started ourselves as home bakers. It's all come from the bread we made for our own families."

The bread is then taken to organiser, Mike Small's house in Burntisland where other members' children collect orders.

Mr Small said: "It's about easiness because its delivered to near you but it also just tastes so much better than industrial bread.

"It's about creating a better food culture where the food quality of what we are eating is good."

Ruben's Deli Cafe in Dunfermline sells some of the loaves directly to the public.

Manager, David Austen, said it has been a popular alternative to mass produced bread.

He said: "This is local. It's locally sourced. It's locally made. There is a story to it and it's a complete break from mass produced bread.

"The bread is really top quality and the customers seem to go for that."

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