Exmoor National Park Authority, Visit Exmoor and partners are working together to support local producers and promote the fine produce grown or processed within the Greater Exmoor area.
There are countless reasons to ‘Buy Local’ and shops are now highlighting the provenance of goods from within the National Park as well as the surrounding area of Greater Exmoor area, by displaying signs in store making it easier for shoppers to identify local produce. Look out for these signs and posters around Exmoor.
Eat Exmoor - Buy Local - Exmoor Hamper ideas here! (pdf)
Exmoor’s outstanding landscapes have been formed by the interaction of man with nature over thousands of years. Buying local products is one way of helping to sustain these traditional ways of life and habitats they help create, whilst enjoying the true taste of the moor.
Why buy locally on Exmoor?
- Support Rural Communities – Spending locally helps keep rural communities thriving and full of life. For every £1 spent, it’s estimated over 60p is returned to the local area.
- Better for Nature – Many of our producers are small scale farmers championing low-impact approaches that work with, not against, nature. You’ll find grass-fed beef and lamb, organic fruit and vegetables, handmade jams and chutneys and deliciously sweet local honey among the among the many delicacies available to try.
- Less Food-Miles – The fewer miles our food travels to get to our plate, the smaller the carbon footprint. That means less packaging too, as it’s not needed to protect and keep food fresh.
- Good for your Health – Local food is more likely to be seasonal, making it fresher, tastier and more nutritious.
- It’s Unique and Distinctive – Experience a local delicacy within the beautiful surroundings that inspired it.
Buy Exmoor grass-fed Lamb direct from the farm
We are pleased to be working with the Exmoor Hill Farming Network to promote delicious grass-fed Exmoor Lamb - click here for the list of Exmoor Farms Supplying Direct to the Public. If you care about;
- the provenance, quality and taste of your meat
- high animal welfare standards
- low food miles and sustainable farming methods
- supporting the rural economy by buying local
then click here for a list of Exmoor farmers who can sell direct to you - you can collect or arrange delivery locally of further afield so everyone has the chance to taste Exmoor wherever they live.
In December 2019, Exmoor Grass-fed Exmoor Lamb won a blind-tasting event at top local restaurant Woods, Dulverton. Science supports the fact that sheep and cattle fed a high percentage grass diet result in tastier and more succulent meat that's also better for you than meat from livestock fed on supplements. It’s also better for the environment and farming supports the beautiful landscapes that make Exmoor so special.
If you have any queries regarding buying lamb direct or the supply for your catering or retail business, contact Exmoor Hill Farming Network visit http://www.ehfn.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To read producers' stories visit www.edibleexmoor.co.uk or to find out where to stay and some of our award-winning restaurants and cafes where you can eat local produce visit www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/eat-exmoor
Where to Buy Local
To find local ingredients to use at home or to make your Exmoor Hamper, you can visit some of our local shops or buy direct from the producers themselves. Visit www.edibleexmoor.co.uk or www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/buy-local for lists of producers.
Here are some ideas for you to help Build or Buy an Exmoor Hamper (pdf)with suggestions of what you can put in your hamper to make a unique gift.
Local shops joining us in promoting local produce include:
- Wheddon Cross Central Convenience Store
- Withypool Village Shop and Tea Rooms
- Roadwater Community Shop
- Timberscombe Post Office and Store
- Wootton Courtenay Village Shop
- Exmoor Food and Crafts, Minehead
- Exmoor Distillery, Dulverton
- Stuart Lohen Butchers and Farm Shop, Minehead
- Exford Stores, Exford
- Farmers Den, Exford
- White Horse Inn, Exford
- Spar, Porlock
- Dunster Deli, Dunster
- Moorland Pantry, Lynton
- Tantivy, Dulverton
- The Big Cheese, Porlock
- Bampton Game, Bampton
- Dulverton Farmers Market (last Saturday of the month April-September)
- West Somerset Garden Centre, Minehead
- Besshill Farm Shops at Arlington and Combe Martin
Local Producers' Stories, Seasonal Recipes and an interactive Food Producers’ Map at Edible Exmoor
If you’d like to find out more about some of our Producers and read recipes, interviews, stories and watch short films, visit www.edibleexmoor.co.uk
To enquire further about local food with someone from Exmoor National Park Authority please contact Katrina Munro KJMunro@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or call 01398 322236.
To read bout the Ext Exmoor project for local business please visit https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/info-for-tourism-providers/eatexmoor
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