The Kent Downs AONB is a farmed landscape and its local communities take pride in the area’s high quality produce, available in local shops, pubs, restaurants and accommodation. Discover the real flavour of the fruit, beer, cider and juices, lamb, pork, fresh vegetables and salads, cheeses and preserves.
Keep traditional tastes alive. Buying locally supports regional food and wine culture, contributes towards maintaining traditional and sustainable growing methods, and reconnects you, the consumer, with its source! So, buying locally can also contribute towards saving our food heritage for future generations. Shopping at a farm, local produce shop or Farmers’ Market means that you can talk to the producer and find out how the food is grown, raised or produced and when it was picked.
And another important point, buying fresh local produce is good for you! Food that hasn’t travelled for great distances will have retained more of its vitamins and minerals. Quality and availability varies throughout the year, so why not eat seasonally! There are plenty of other reasons for buying fresh produce locally and to support local producers and businesses:
Buying local produce cuts down on 'food miles'. That is the distance travelled to get your produce to you. The average item on the supermarket shelf travels over 1000 miles. This increases the use of fossil fuels and adds to global warning. Farmers markets provide a regular and secure outlet for producers in and around the Kent Downs. These markets facilitate direct contact between you and the producer so you can find out first hand how your goods have been produced. Buying local produce enables you to support the management of the Kent Downs. For example, buying locally produced lamb helps to ensure a future for sheep grazing on the Kent Downs that is fundamental to the conservation of chalk grassland. Farmers, associated industry's (feed companies etc) and local abattoirs are also supported.