Local Food and Produce
Why do we need to shop locally? When consumers support their local business owners, they enjoy benefits they cannot possibly get from shopping in national chains. Five good reasons to use your local store:
- Improve your family's health - buying from your local store means that you have access to local vegetables, free range meats, fresh eggs and dairy from cows that feast on local green grass each day. There are also benefits to eating local honey which is thought to help battle allergies
- Improve the local economy - when a customer buys locally, significantly more of that money stays in the community. We try and support other local businesses by buying their products to sell in our shop, whereas larger retailers have less interest in their local community
- Know the people behind the product - when you know the people behind the business where you are buying local products you enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have. You can celebrate when a local business succeeds if you know you played a part in that success.
- Keep your community unique - local businesses give a community its flavour. All High Streets are beginning to look the same. We wouldn't want that for our local villages too.
- Better customer service - if you've dealt with a large retail chain, you know that getting help isn't always easy. Ringing Customer Services and speaking to someone who has no authority to make decisions means there is little concern that the company will lose you as a customer. When you shop locally, you get the friendly, personal approach.
Wherever possible, we like to support independent, local producers and stock local produce. Why not try a Chunk of Devon steak pasty washed down with a bottle of bitter from Braunton Brewery? Or maybe some local meats barbecued with charcoal from the Bulworthy Project? We have local bacon, eggs and sausages for your breakfast and local meat, vegetable and bread for your supper.