Deck the Shelves with Local Food!

When the final toffee apple has been eaten and the pumpkin has disintegrated into the ground, it is time to turn our attention to the biggest seasonal foodie occasion of them all: Christmas!

It’s the one time of year where most people push the boat out where food is concerned, and for the most delicious, fresh, and locally produced fare, and some great seasonal offers, you can’t beat a trip to a good farm shop or farmers’ market. Buying local means you can trust what’s on your family’s plate on Christmas Day, and for the season.

Many farm shops and farmers’ markets will be delighted to welcome you and take orders for Christmas turkeys with all the trimmings as well as cakes, pies, puddings – right through to naturally grown Christmas trees, holly and mistletoe to make your home special for the season.

Buying local means buying fresh - vegetables that stay in the ground during these colder days develop a deeper flavour. So for the freshest carrots, parsnips and sprouts, buy local. And don't forget turkeys and other poultry and game direct from the farm that taste just spectacular!

Finding great local foods this season is easy - use our map, farmers' market calendar, or farm retail directory. Some farmers’ markets run special dates in the month of December, so be sure to search and check the dates out before setting off.

Farm shops are open six or seven days a week leading into Christmas and this is an important time for them, so please go support your local farm shops and farmers' markets.

Check out your nearest farm shop or farmers’ market by putting in your postcode, just click here to call up the map and use the search box at the bottom-left of the map.


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Calendar dates and other information is subject to change; always check with the market organiser or shop before setting out!