#BristolFoodKind: Support local food highlights

One of the simplest (and tastiest!) ways to be #BristolFoodKind is by supporting local food businesses: from restaurants to greengrocers to veg box schemes. Bristol has one of the most exciting food scenes in the UK and by supporting local businesses in these difficult, uncertain times we can ensure that they continue to thrive in the future.

Bristol Food Network has compiled a helpful list of resources of how to shop and eat local at the moment. By the looks of the takeaway feasts, plentiful veg boxes and freshly baked goods shared on social media, it looks like many of the city’s citizens (where they can) are supporting the wonderful good food makers and retailers that we have here in Bristol.

Hopefully some of the changes that citizens have made at this time in committing to more localised food suppliers, such as the surge we have seen in Bristolians ordering locally sourced veg boxes, will become permanent habits for food shopping. In turn, much of Bristol’s hospitality sector has responded to the crisis with kindness, led by Bristol Food Union who have come together to help keep food moving in the city after closures because of coronavirus.

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In East Bristol there’s a fab shop called Matter, Where you’re welcome to stop off for a natter. They’ve organic food and ferments galore, They’ll even drop off fresh veg to your door. From vegan cheese (it’s really quite good) And refills please (Don’t refill? You should!) The nice people there have you covered, With masks they’ll make sure you’re not smothered, In anything other than healthy good vibes, Luscious celery sticks and some plastic-free chives. And when lockdown is over be sure to hang out, For a chai or a coffee or some fresh sauerkraut. Just look at the smile they caught on my face, When I picked up the veg box from outside my place. You too could be grinning from ear to ear, Produce like that spreads ridiculous cheer! So if you don’t have a place to grow your own, And you want to support stuff that’s locally grown, Look around for a place like Matter near you, And enjoy food that is yummy and wholesome and true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ~ Me, May 2020 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wrote this in support of #BristolFoodKind, a campaign from the team behind Bristol’s bid to become a Gold Sustainable Food City. It’s all about offering all of us staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow at home in a way that benefits our own wellbeing and the wider community, and contributes to the city’s food response. Have a follow of the #! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And cos I love @matterwholefoods and think they’re awesome and this was a good excuse to publicly say so. And they deliver in electric vans. (Thanks Jon for the 📸!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your local food hotspots? Tag them in here and share the love, even if they’re not in Bristol. Are you still refilling? Getting home deliveries? Got a veg box from heaven? Lemme know! 🥕

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#BristolFoodKind is a collaboration between Bristol Green Capital PartnershipBristol Food NetworkBristol City Council and Resource Futures. See our #BristolFoodKind food waste highlights and grow your own highlights.

Visit Bristol Food Network for more information and resources on Bristol’s Good Food response to the pandemic.

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