Food miles and buying local

seedlingsYou all know about buying locally grown vegetables as a member of Go Local Food don’t you? You buy your vegetables which are supplied from source to plate on the day. But have you considered supporting other local suppliers as well?

How about buying your meat from the North Acomb Farm Shop?

They say “We rear and produce our own bestselling Aberdeen Angus beef, lamb and pork on the farm and we make homemade cakes, meals, pies, pasties, biscuits, black pudding and scotch eggs, amongst other things, in the farm shop kitchen. We also make all our own sausages (using our own seasoning recipe) dry-cured bacon and gammons.”

Then there’s the Northumberland Cheese Company – handmade in Northumberland and to be found at the Hexham Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday mornings of each month.

There’s the Northumberland Honey Company based in Haltwhistle. And Doddington Dairy Ice creams and Yoghurts from up county. There’s the Northumbrian Sausage Company from Wark near Hexham.

How about a local fish box scheme? There is one up and running in Amble – the Creel Fish Club who are hoping to supply more areas in the future – if the demand is here I’m sure that they will be.

They say  “The Creel Fish Club is a fish box scheme where you can access quality, fresh, locally sourced, seasonal fish and seafood on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. The idea behind Creel Fish Club is to try and take the strain off over fished stocks, introduce customers to new types of fish and seafood and help support our inshore fishing fleet. By subscribing to Creel Fish Club you can be assured your fish will be spanking fresh, seasonal, sustainable, local and delicious.”

Don’t just let your food buying be just local vegetables – support other makers, sellers, providers too. There are probably other suppliers to be found at Farmers Markets who maybe don’t have a web presence but who supply local food. Tell us who you know that we have missed.