- Why eat local food?
- Bristol Local Food Newsletter: The first step to getting involved with local food is to get informed. So sit back and relax and read the…
- Bristol Permaculture Group: Find out about all the events, workshops and goings on related to community gardens in Bristol.
- Bristol Local Food Directory: Find out where to change a pint of foreign lager for a local brew, get your weekly vegetables from just up the road and have your local cake and eat it too! Find farm shops, pubs, shops restaurants and cafes in your area. Share your favourite flavours of Bristol by writing a review.
- Bristol Markets: Bristol is host to a whole range of markets, from British-grown fruit and vegetables at affordable prices to luxury local delicacies. Support local producers and businesses and enjoy the best ingredients the region has to offer.
- Food Co-ops: Join forces with a few friends and set up a food co-op. By pooling your buying power you can get produce direct from farmers or wholesalers at prices you couldn’t get on your own.
Local food delivered to your door
- Veg boxes: Find a local veg box scheme which delivers fresh, local, seasonal vegetables and fruit delivered to your door in a box. An easy way to bring local seasonal food to your plate, and find new flavours for your palate. Bristol has quite a few, including The Community Farm and Leigh Court, so you can keep it much more local than Riverford or Able & Cole.
- Home delivery: Not your Ocados, Tescos or Sainsburys! – there are a whole range of local services out there offering local delivery from local producers and businesses.
Community Supported Agriculture
- Get directly connected to local growers by Community Supported Agriculture and ensure that your food is produced in an ecological and sustainable way. A CSA allows you to make a commitment to a local grower with weekly, monthly or even annual payments, and in return receive a share of the harvest. There are often opportunities to volunteer, fun events and educational courses.
- Explore this map to find out where your local CSAs are, and how you can get involved.
- Local CSA-type projects include
Sims Hill Shared Harvest
The Community Farm
- Wild Food Larder: Whether you’re gathering a pie load of apples and blackberries or seeking stranger woodland snacks, wild food foraging is a fun was to find free, fresh, home grown foods.
- The Other Andy Hamilton: Get advice on plants to find and recipes to cook, there are walks talks and courses to make sure your on the right track. Also really good on Wild Brewing!
- Go Foraging: wild food, mushroom hunts & foraging walks
- Duo Irrational Maps: art collective mapping edible things in Bristol
Local Medicine and other plants
- Urban Fringe: Learn more about the local healing history and properties of plants with events and courses through the year. The shop has a fully stocked herbal dispensary, and offers a range of treatments and therapies including herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and reflexology.
- Botanical Inks: workshops in Bristol and South West on foraging for plants to create natural dyes for print making and textile dying
- Organic Blooms: an Iron Acton based social enterprise selling beautiful local cut flowers