Seasonality, freshness, taste and quality are key reasons why I prefer to buy our food ingredients from local suppliers. I simply like to know where our food comes from. Look at it this way - whatever we put in our food basket has consequences - for you are what you eat. But there are others too.
Purchasing local produce means that you are supporting your local economy. Local businesses employ our local people and spend their profit locally too, so there’s a fair chance that the consumers pound will be staying in the local economy.
Another reason is going “green”. Most fruit and vegetables from farmer’s market and our suppliers are sold loose, so there is less waste from packaging. Meat is sold with the amount of packaging required to meet environmental health standards. Because of that there is a lot less than the packaging and refrigeration required to transport the produce around the country. Reducing “food” miles means cutting back on the distance food travels from place it is produced to where it is bought. Food distribution by road freight is the fastest growing transport sector in the UK and therefore a major contributor to airborne pollution as well as noise. Not many of us realize that over 13% of the country’s total fuel consumption goes on packaging and transporting food - I strongly believe that this simply wrong and easily could be changed.