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’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.
Where to Buy Local
For more details of shops selling local food and drink, farm shops and farmers markets, log on to www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/eat-Exmoor
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
Farmers Den, Exford
White Horse Inn, Exford
Dunster Deli, Dunster
Moorland Pantry, Lynton
Dulverton Deli, Dulverton
Dulverton Farmers Market (last Saturday of the month April-September)
West Somerset Garden Centre, Minehead
Besshill Farm Shops at Arlington and Combe Martin
Where to read Local Producer’s Stories and a great Food Producers’ Map
If you’d like to find out more about some of our Producers and read interviews, stories and watch short films, visit www.edibleexmoor.co.uk
Grass-fed Exmoor Lamb & Beef
We are pleased to be working with the Exmoor Hill Farming Network and others to promote delicious Grass-fed Exmoor Lamb and Beef. Some farms sell direct to the public via meat-boxes and some sell through local store and butcher’s shops.
Science supports the fact that sheep and cattle fed a grass-fed diet are tastier and better for you than livestock fed on supplements. It’s also better for the environment.
In December 2019, Exmoor Grass-fed Exmoor Lamb won a blind-tasting event at a top local restaurant.
To contact Exmoor Hill Farming Network visit www.exmoorhilllfarmingnetwork.org.uk
To read producers' stories 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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