In spite of a strong farming heritage, 40% of Britain’s food is currently brought in from overseas which is both bad for the environment and the economy. Supporting local businesses and producers is one way we can make our money go further, boost local economies and build communities.
Here is a round-up of British websites that will help you source fresh, local, seasonal produce from local farmers’ markets, farm shops, producers and independents. You can use this list for your weekly shopping as well as when you are on holidays.
Local Foods – nationwide web directory of Farmers’ Markets, Farm Shops, Pick Your Own.
At The Farm Gate – nationwide database linking UK farmers, small holders and related local producers with people who want to buy direct and support the British farming and countryside industry.
Food Assembly – launched in France, Food Assembly is now in the UK. Choose from a wide range of local products and collect your order from your local Assembly. Producers set their own prices and receive an income that is both fair for them and good for the local economy. Nationwide.
Hubbub – do your weekly shopping from local independents. You can place your orders from different local shops on Hubbub website. Hubbub then consolidates from all the different suppliers and makes one delivery to you. London only.
Hampshire Farmers Markets – not-for-profit, community interest organisation supporting producers of Hampshire.
London Farmers’ Markets – meet London’s farmers, fishermen, growers and bakers who all share a passion for home grown products.
Food Finder SW – supporting West Country’s produce this app (iphone only) lets you search for your favourite West Country food and drink and see how far you are from the nearest retailer.
Fresh N Local – also based in the West Country, this website helps you find local traders and farmer’s market in the area.