Local Food Economy
Stand up for Food Equality by buying local this Christmas
By Steph Wetherell
A key part of the Food Equality strand of Going for Gold is ensuring that the people growing and producing our food receive a fair income. Steph Wetherell, the coordinator for Bristol Food Producers, writes in this blog post about how buying direct boosts the local economy and contributes to creating a fair and sustainable local food system.
Bristol has an abundance of local farmers and producers; both in the city but also in the surrounding rural area. But when you live in the city, it’s easy to feel disconnected from where your food comes from or the people producing it.
Bristol Food Producers was set up in 2015 to help increase the amount of food being produced in and around the city. It is a network of more than 100 local farmers, producers, retailers, restaurants, distributors and supporters who are all working together create a stronger local food system in the city. It’s not easy making a living as a farmer, but by collaborating on issues such as access to land, markets and training, we believe we can better address some of the challenges that we face.
One of our focuses is to support routes to market for local farmers and make it easier for individuals and businesses to buy from local farmers and growers – one of the Going for Gold actions. When you buy direct from a farmer or through independent retailers, you are:
There’s a number of different ways you can buy locally in Bristol. We have an abundance of farms offering local veg boxes or shares, such as The Community Farm and Sims Hill CSA, independent retailers such as Better Food and Source that stock an assortment of local produce, online shopping from farmers through fresh-range, as well as regular farmers markets at St Nicks, Whiteladies Road and Tobacco Factory.
In the run-up to Christmas, here are some easy ways to buy local over the festive period:
Steph Wetherell is coordinator for Bristol Food Producers, a network of local farmers, producers, retailers, restaurants, distributors and supporters, all working to increase the production and supply of local food in Bristol.
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