Eating Local Seasonal Food – benefits the environment and our local communities.

Buying locally produced food and drink can help support the local economy, reduce the number of food miles and reduce the amount of waste packaging that comes with most food purchased from supermarkets. The food is fresher and its nice to know how and where the food is produced and most cases you’ll be talking to the person who produced it.

Here’s some simple steps you can use to help in breaking the habit of shopping at the large multiples and start supporting local and artisan producers and eat  healthier and tastier more seasonal food.

  • Step 1: Be aware of the seasons and rhythms of nature from spring, summer, autumn and winter.
  • Step 2: Buy your food from small local outlets – farmers markets, local shops, farm shops, roadside stalls and trusted web sites.
  • Step 3: Try the different and often tastier varieties of fruit, vegetables and food produced by local and artisan producers.
  • Step 4: Buy from a local greengrocer and butcher  – or get an organic vegetables and fruit box delivered to your door, search online for a local or specific supplier.
  • Step 5: Grow some of your food yourself – in your back garden, an allotment or in pots and window boxes.

To find local food producers go to www.ibuyrealfood.com and for more information on allotments visit the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Limited website www.nsalg.org.uk

“ A thriving household depends on the use of seasonal produce and the application of common sense”

(Olivier de Serres 1539-1619)

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