Locally produced food is growing in popularity

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BUYING locally produced food is the ideal way to reduce carbon emissions and at the same time ensuring its origin and taste.

Kathy Spivey, the organiser of the Scarborough Local Food Group, said people were increasingly aware transportation of food over large distances had an impact on cost.

She added that packaging was another significant factor on the cost of food. “You can buy local produce that’s fresh, and not transported half way around the world, there are cost implications, but by buying local you are able to support local farmers in their efforts,” she said.

“The fresher we can get food, for preparation, the more nutritional value it has. In my household we have as much organic food as we can. The taste is improved.”

John Simpson, from Keasbeck Hill Farm in Harwood Dale, said that, as well as the farm’s own produce, he tried to source as much local food as he could for the farm’s cafe and hotel because it also helped the local economy.

He said: “I know it is from the local area – the butcher we use is one of our neighbours and the greengrocer is just up the road and we get most of our stuff from there.

“We use what we can locally, when it’s in season, because it helps us as a farm and it helps local businesses.”

And for those who would like to get a taste for local produce there will be a spring country market at Staintondale Village Hall on Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

It will be the ninth such event at the hall and previous events have proved popular with visitors.

For the first time Stepney Hill Farm and Broad Head Farm will be taking part in the market with high quality competitively priced Shorthorn cross beef, Saddleback pork, Swaledale/Texel cross lamb and mutton on offer.

The meat is produced in the traditional way from animals that are free to roam and graze on naturally lush clover rich grasses which gives the meat its unique flavour.

The idea of holding a country market in Staintondale initially came from a rural area forum meeting and was a response to complaints from residents that there were few facilities in rural areas.

Jonathan Guyler, 17, who has been serving refreshments at the markets since their inception, said: “I really enjoy taking part in the country markets. People are always warm and friendly and it’s good to see them coming to shop and staying for lunch.”