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Buying local food

If you choose to buy locally-grown food, you:

Two of the easiest ways to buy local food are to shop at farmers’ markets and to use an organic box scheme.

At farmers’ markets, farmers, growers and producers from the local area sell their own produce direct to the public. Stallholders have to grow, rear, catch, brew, pickle, bake, smoke or process all of the products that they sell. Buying from a farmers’ market enables the public to get closer to the source of local foods, ask questions and give feedback to producers.

Many organic farmers use box schemes to sell their produce. They sell whatever is in season to distributors, who then deliver a weekly ‘lucky dip’ variety box to consumers. This gives farmers a guaranteed market for their produce, while consumers benefit from getting fresh food from local suppliers.


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