Hopefully you all know that eating fresh, organic fruit and veg or organic/”happy” meat needn’t be expensive or difficult. All you have to do is search out good local suppliers and you’re well on the way to healthier and tastier food.
So, how do you find suppliers? Well the web has some very helpful resources…
If you’re looking for a Farmers market try websites for The National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA) or BigBarn.co.uk. Both list Farmers Markets in your area whilst BigBarn.co.uk also lists local suppliers as well.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from River Cottage launched a website called Happier Birds just before Xmas which encouraged people to source “happy birds” rather than supermarket ones which could have travelled over 80,000 miles before reaching your plate!
Hugh’s website links to a couple of others which are worth a mention. Compassion in World Farming is a sobering site but worth a read if you care about where your food comes from. The second site is VegBoxSchemes.co.uk which does what it says on the tin, helps you find Veg Box Schemes in your area.
We use River Nene which is the sister of the famous River Ford scheme. We buy the Medium Veg Box with a few extras now and again and are very happy (although we cancelled the fruit box when the quality slipped).
Finally I have to mention my “local” butcher. They’re not the closest but they are the best. If you’re ever in the Bury St Edmunds area try to pop in and see Simon and the gang at Country Farm Meats.
Country Farm Meats are great example of a good local supplier. Since finding CFM I haven’t bought meat in a Supermarket and I suppose that’s the point of this post. Finding a good supplier who’s relatively local with good quality produce isn’t too difficult with a little digging on the web. So go on, have a go and see who’s nearby. We did and haven’t looked back since.