5 Ways to Eat Local This Christmas 14/12/2015, Health & Lifestyle
Christmas is upon us! That means that supermarket marketing teams have less than two weeks left to convince as many us as possible to choose their stores over the competition for our big Christmas food shop. When our lives are at their busiest, many of us begrudgingly resort to supermarkets for reasons of convenience even though battling the crowds in the aisles is unlikely to be a favourite past time for most of us.
However, Bristol, a city that has always prided itself on doing things a bit differently, increasingly offers genuinely viable and convenient alternatives to the supermarkets. It’s the first British city to hold the European Green Capital crown for instance, and has thriving high streets, such as Gloucester Road.
Here are our 5 suggestions of how to eat local this Christmas
Where else can you shop online for convenient home delivery of all your locally sourced festive produce?
One of our main aims as a business is to make eating local easier and more accessible for everyone in Bristol. This Christmas, for the first time in the city’s history, dozens of local food producers have come together to sell their food and drink in our online store. Delivering to your home, fresh-range offers a means to get locally sourced foods with all the convenience and, surprisingly, value associated with mass supermarket online shopping websites.
2. Visit local markets
Bristol has lots of markets where you can get your hands on local produce, perhaps the most well-known being the St Nicholas Markets. The Farmer’s Market, with its broad array of tempting local foods, runs every Wednesday between 9.30 and 14.30.
Make sure you visit The Health Hub in the run-up to Christmas, as they have a Christmas market stand outside their hub on Cotham Hill every day until Christmas Eve. Amongst their offerings are a warming organic soup, a luxury hot chocolate made with their own homemade almond milk, a special immune boosting Chaga chai or some of their amazing chocolate chilli - all vegan, all organic and all good for you.
3. Visit local farms & shops
Farms like Farrington’s and Windmill Hill City Farm offer great days out for the family, whilst boasting great cafes where you can enjoy dishes made using their very own produce, and shops where you can buy their produce to buy to enjoy at home.
4. Eat out at independent cafes and restaurants who source their food locally
Christmas is a time for socialising and indulgence, often equating to plenty of dining (and drinking) out. Take advantage of Bristol’s many sustainable eateries, serving amazing food that’s made using local produce wherever possible.
Although impossible to name them all, some of our favourites include Source Café, No 1 Harbourside, Poco, and Bordeaux Quay.
5. Get cooking
Try your hand at making some of those festive favourite treats at home, using locally sourced ingredients. This way you not only have a fun family activity, but a selection of delicious goodies that you can enjoy knowing there are no added nasties, and knowing exactly where the ingredients have come from. Homemade biscuits and cakes also make great handmade Christmas gifts if you’re stuck for ideas.
If you would like your locally sourced foods delivered this festive season, make sure you place your fresh-range Christmas order before slots close on 16th December.
Since our food is not taken from a shelf, we need to let our producers know what they need to prepare for our customers in advance.
Wishing you a merry, locally sourced Christmas!