Just as my year of veg box deliveries came to an end, the south of England was hit with the heaviest snowfall we’ve seen for at least 10 years.
Looking at the dwindling supplies of veggies in the local shop, I wondered what would have been in the boxes if they had continued – and whether the milkman’s float would have even made it around these icy roads.
Snuggled up warm in my home, I turned my attentions to the internet and discovered Local Food Advisor, an excellent website for sourcing locally produced food.
Finding Local Food Suppliers on the Internet
The Local Food Advisor strapline is ‘find the best of the best’ and the best in this case are ‘the top 3500 award winning regional producers and suppliers in the UK and Ireland’. Every supplier listed has either won an award, been recommend by a famous chef or has organic certification.
So whether you are looking for farmers markets, farm shops, rare breed suppliers or veg box schemes, the chances are you’ll find it here.
Search by Town, Postcode, Award or Foodstuff
I did a search by simply typing in my home town and found 18 suppliers within 10 miles, 85 within 20 miles and the list went on. Within the results are suppliers of local meat, fish, fruit and veg, poultry, game and dairy, plus bakeries, delis and restaurants.
You can search in many different ways, which makes it easy, for example, for a cheese fan to discover gems such as the multi-award-winning Caws Cenarth Cheese company, a small family enterprise in Wales who make and sell the most amazing sounding cheeses – and you can buy them online!
Discover the UK’s Regional Specialities
As well as being a very handy food directory, the Local Food Advisor website also has great features such as a regional specialities tool, recipes, a book club and a map of native breeds.
If you’re interested in buying local or organic, or discovering more about the nation’s native and regional foods, try it out. It’s a mine of information.