Local shops – local produce
Which shops and restaurants source their food locally, care about food-miles and supporting the local economy ? If you think they’re worth other Transitioners frequenting (and you’re not connected with them !), please share. Transition Towns elsewhere have progressed to a local currency to highlight the need to shop locally and keep money in the community, celebrating local businesses is a good first step.
Oxfords Bakery, from Sue. bread baked in Sherborne, a longstanding family bakers, and have opened a branch and deli in Canford Cliffs. They also sell bread at various farmers markets – (but not in Poole !)
Suters Butcher in Ashley Cross – from Gary. – good husbandry, local produce where possible. More expensive, but worth eating less meat and knowing that it is good quality and the animals did not live in factory conditions.
Ringwood Brewery – from Andy. . A good local beer, though sadly no longer independent. Also on a recent brewery tour we learned that whilst the kegs are filled and distributed from Ringwood, the beer for bottling is sadly shipped up to Burton on Trent. So drink draught to keep it local ! You can still take a polypin along to be filled.
Poole Farmers Market – Every Thursday morning, Falkland Square – http://www.gourmetbritain.com/shops_entry.php?item=3412
Cedar Organic - from Harriet : Claire and Andrew Head farm at Rempstone Farm, Corfe Castle, and have a farm shop open on Fridays 9-7
The Green at Ashley Cross – from Harriet
http://www.the-green.co.uk/ sells fruit and veg, meat and diary, cakes, bread (Long Crichel), olives, deli goods etc. Louise tries to source stock as locally as possible and much of it is GM-free, organic and responsibly sourced.
Dorset Sandwich Company 4 Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone – From Gwyn
In case you are in the area or want some catering: http://www.dorsetsandwichcompany.co.uk/
Recently opened. All their drinks are Fair Trade and they are striving to go Organic and local. Looks well worth supporting.
Not especially local, but if you want to change phone/internet provider, look at http://www.thephone.coop/ owned by its subscribers.