Where can I find British-grown local food?

Posted on 07 Apr 2011 in Go Local | 12 comments

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More and more people are becoming interested in buying British-grown food and local food from near where they live (“local” is normally defined as being within a 30 mile radius, or within the same county).

We’ve researched this and talked to many people about the subject and found that these are the main reasons why people say they want British-grown and local food:-

* it’s fresher because it hasn’t had far to come

* it tastes better and it’s healthier

* it’s better quality because British food quality standards are high

* it cuts out needless food miles by truck, ship or plane

* they like to meet the producers / farmers or at least know which farm it’s from

* it’s cheaper because there’s no extra charge for packaging, shipping or airfreighting

* it’s cheaper when you buy it direct because there’s no supermarket middlemen

* there’s less likely to be pesticides & GMO used in production

* it keeps money in the British economy

* it feels like you’re supporting the community

It seems to us to that a lot of this comes down to Trust: people want to trust the food is good and that the producers have done the right thing with their food.

The problem is that British-grown and local fresh food is often not available in big stores. Supermarkets tend to buy fresh food in very large quantities from the global market so they can pay the cheapest possible prices for it.

So, if you are interested in buying British-grown and local food, you may want to look at alternatives. Over the last few years we’ve seen an explosion of local food directories appearing on line. They allow you to find the local food producers, retailers and home delivery schemes in your area.

These are a great place to start so we’ve put them here in one place for you!

Just click on the logos.

 

 

 

Do you have any recommendations to help people find British-grown or local food?


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12 comments

  1. Shepy / April 8th, 2011 6:58

    Another great one is http://www.foodlocalfood.com/

    ~Shepy

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    • Ruth / April 8th, 2011 7:23

      Thanks Shepy – I added Food Local Food to the list. I see they do a home delivery service for the North East region.
      Great stuff!

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    • Ruth / April 8th, 2011 12:19

      Hi Jessica, yes it’s surprising just how much fresh local food is out there and the home delivery systems make it easy to get hold of!
      Feel free to post your website link here for our readers in Cornwall.

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  2. Tom / April 14th, 2011 19:43

    There’s a new web and mobile app out for finding local fresh produce, it’s called http://lovefre.sh.
    It’s one of those social things though, made by the people for the people, but it has potential!

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    • Ruth / April 14th, 2011 20:00

      Thanks Tom, I downloaded it and it’s looking pretty good!… a location based app to help find fresh food near you. Love the way it’s about people building it on their personal recommendations… that’s the power of it I think.

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  3. Shauna / April 28th, 2011 9:30

    The Co-opertive is actually the UK’s largest ‘entity’ farmer which means the Co-op sources as much as it can from British farmers, commissioning crops and generally being an ethical buyer when many stores look to the Continent to get cheaper prices. I think Riverford’s veg box scheme is also commendable. It’s not easy doing this kind of thing and I think it ought to be supported and to put your mouth where you money is!

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    • Ruth / April 28th, 2011 9:35

      Hi Shauna. Yes, at hiSbe we think Co-op (and Waitrose) stands out from the bigger supermarket chains for their ethical sourcing policies and for sourcing British food. They set a good example for the others.

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  4. Clare / May 10th, 2011 21:08

    After yet another disappointing experience of chilled, tasteless, unripe supermarket fruit and veg – I’m going back to a veg box – at least until my own veg is ready to harvest.

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    • Ruth / May 10th, 2011 21:16

      Fair enough Clare – you’re not alone! More and more people are realising how easy it is to get really good quality fruit and veg delivered to their door and are just doing it.

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      • emma haughton / June 28th, 2011 10:42

        Dropping off to you door is, I admit, convenient. But I wonder whether we need to be adjusting our mindsets – food is precious, so could we put a bit more thought into where it comes from and what we are supporting? For example, you could sign up to a membership veg box scheme, like Ashurst Organics: local, organic and seasonal veg, keeping the cost to pocket and planet lower by dropping off to one person near you, and you (and others nearby) pick up from there. You save money, carbon footprint, and get to be part of group of like-minded community members.

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