Buy Local. What’s The Point?
It’s probably no surprise to you that we love anything that champions produce on the Wirral. Our mission is to make sure that you love it just as much as we do. So in honour of that goal, we want you to know exactly why we’re so passionate about all of the great local businesses out there on the Wirral providing us with fresh, local produce.
Better For You
A shorter time between farm and table means that local produce is fresher. It hasn’t had as much time to lose any of those amazing vitamins and minerals that it got from the ground, and so in turn you’re getting a bigger hit of all the best the UK has to offer. How happy are the kids going to be when they find out that they can eat less veggies and be all the better for it?
Supports Local Families
Buying local means that you are supporting local families and keeping local businesses running. This is great because it means more money in the local economy which is only going to benefit the Wirral in the long run.
Preserves Open Space
One thing we absolutely love about the Wirral is that it’s so close to the city and yet it feels like an absolute escape. If there is no longer a demand for local produce all that open land will start to disappear and be replaced by housing. Nobody wants that!
Keeps Us In Touch With The Seasons
There is a school of thought (which is backed up by plenty of health experts) that eating with the seasons is better for our health as we get the nutrients we need for a specific time of year. Now, if your doctor tells you that you should be eating more leafy greens we’re not suggesting that you should turn around and tell them, ‘no, they’re out of season.’ What we can however say for certain is that eating seasonally will save you money. Not sure what’s in season near you? Head to your local farm shop and take a look at things that are relatively cheap or that there is an abundance of. Those will be what’s in season right now.
Less Energy And Emissions Associated With Food Miles
A food mile is how far food has come to get to you. Imagine the emissions associated with beef from Brazil as opposed to beef from Heswall. It may not seem like you can make a difference but by choosing to eat local, you are doing your bit to reduce emissions. Now you can walk around knowing that the air you breathe is that little bit fresher. Well done you!
There are so many great farm shops on the Wirral as well as a number of Farmers’ Markets where you can source all of the best that the Wirral has to offer, and even find a couple of nice surprises too! What’s your favourite spot on the Wirral for local produce?
Author: Better Food Wirral Team