After fossil fuels, the food industry is thought to be one of the most important contributors to climate change. In particular production of meat and dairy is considered to be highly energy inefficient and polluting.
Production of food that is wasted is a huge contribution to carbon emissions. Limit what you throw away and support worthy causes such as food banks.
Packaging is a big issue. Wherever possible use your own bags, the next best option being recyclable material. Non recyclable is best avoided as much as possible.
The message is clear that a move towards a plant based diet makes a big difference in reducing our carbon footprint. If cutting out meat completely is too big a step, consider the flexitarian approach, which is simply eating less meat and more vegetarian food. Whatever you do, buying locally produced food and seasonally grown is a positive move.
Give it a go and experience a whole new world of food. The latest recipes available are incredibly tasty. There are many recipe books or online services such as BBC Food.
Want to know what fruits and vegetables are in season? countrysideonline.co.uk
We have a huge variety of local food retail outlets in Surrey, some of which are listed below. This is just an early selection. Any you would like to be added just let us know.
Farms to Feed Us National database – Quote: ‘Our nationwide database connects small-scale, sustainable food producers to their communities—both near and far’.
Mid Surrey Community Fridges Quote: ‘Our aim is to stop food waste and to redistribute the excess food from supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and suppliers to residents so the food is not wasted. We prioritise those most in need, but anyone can have the food for free from one of our community fridge locations or our van deliveries’.
Milk & More Deliveries of bottled milk to your door.
Suma Co-operative Quote: ‘We deliver over 7000 vegetarian, natural, responsibly sourced products to businesses and communities across the UK and internationally’.
Visit Surrey Monthly Farmer’s Markets in Surrey. Use this link to see the latest information on when and where to go.
Born From Necessity Quote: ‘… a zero waste community shop that is doing well. They offer everything from personal care to a wide variety of over 100 organic foods and products, from grains to deodorants. All of it is ethically sourced to limit packaging and minimise waste’.
Epsom & Ewell
Albury Vineyard Albury – Quote: ‘Albury is a family-run vineyard located just outside Guildford,and one of the few organic vineyards in the UK. The vines are the traditional Champagne varieties and Albury is renowned for its top quality, award winning sparkling wines. However it was their still Silent Pool Rosé that first put Albury on the map, having been served on the Royal Barge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Albury Estate wines now feature on the wine lists of some of the country’s best restaurants, and have won numerous gold awards in esteemed international wine competitions’.
Chilworth Manor Vineyard Chilworth – Quote: ‘A small family business, our dedicated team is committed to producing the best possible wine while giving the best possible personal service. The vineyard, established in 2013, occupies a gently sloping 3 hectare site adjacent to the Manor. Planted in a sandy loam on a base of clay and sandstone, it shares a particular geology with the Val de Reims and Valle de la Marne areas in the Champagne region of France ( the latter home to the famous Bollinger estate)’.
Greyfriars Vineyard Puttenham – Quote: ‘Mike and Hilary Wagstaff, took over Greyfriars in 2010 with the aim of expanding the original vineyard planted in 1989 from one and a half acres to become a commercial scale producer of award winning sparkling wine reflecting the unique local geology, climate and heritage of the Surrey North Downs. Since then we have expanded the business to a total of 40 acres under vines on two sites. Greyfriars also now has a state of the art winery and has just completed digging a 3,500 sq. ft storage‘ cave’ in the chalk slopes of the Hog’s Back. We do everything from grape to glass on site’.
High Clandon East Clandon – Quote: ‘Created in the traditional bottle-fermented method from the classic trio of champagne grapes, and aged for a minimum of 5 years on the lees. The focus on exquisite shows; they have won 7 Golds, and 2 Silver Medals in international competitions, over the last four years…and are uniquely twice-over, overall winners of IWC Cellar Door of the Year competition 2017 & 2018’.
Chimney Fire Coffee Dorking – Founded by Dan Webber. Quote: ‘Our roastery is located in the peaceful Surrey Hills, where we’ve been based since 2017. The converted stables now houses a 15kg small-batch roaster and, importantly, head roaster Elizabeth who consistently produces exceptional coffee’.
Denbies Wine Estate Dorking – Quote: ‘Established in 1986, the owners of the Denbies Estate recognised the unique characteristics of the North Downs landscape, with its south facing slopes, chalky soil and micro-climate, optimum conditions for wine production. Family-owned and run, the vineyard has since become a benchmark of wine making excellence. As the UK’s largest single-estate vineyard, Denbies produces an range of internationally award-winning still and sparkling wines, red, white and rosé’.
Food Float Quote: ‘Food Float encourages the whole community to work for each other: local growers and producers and local customers; with the aim of growing a resilient food community and keeping money in the local economy’.
GreenWise Fetcham – Plastic free. Quote: ‘Fetch’em from the Cupboard is going strong and has really taken off in the village over the last year. It sells food items like cereals, dried fruit and pasta as well as household cleaning products and dental products’.
Hill House Farm Beare Green – Quote: ‘Hill House Farm specialises in providing a wide range of sustainable and locally sourced ‘farm to fork’ food and drink available to buy online, all with Next Day Delivery.’
Reigate & Banstead
Brightleigh Farm Outwood – Quote: ‘Buy 100% grass fed beef direct from the farm. All our beef comes from our herd of 100% pasture fed Angus and Hereford cattle. The meat is dry-aged and hung for a minimum of 21 days’.
Flower Farm Shop Godstone – Quote: ‘Farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life. As farmers, it is our duty to secure the supply of locally produced food, which is why our farm shop and online shop provides an unparalleled selection of local produce. Our aim is to reconnect people with where their food comes from, providing quality local produce, that places the kitchen at the heart of the home’.
Godstone Vineyards Godstone – Quote: ‘The light morning mists of late Summer and early Autumn, combined with the relatively cool microclimate which exists at the foot of the gently sloping North Downs Way, allow our grapes to develop wonderful aromas that are part of the unique personality and ‘terroir’ of Godstone Sparkling Wines‘.
Heritage Wheat South Godstone – Quote: ‘Based at Lodge Farm a National Trust farm in Surrey on the Kent Sussex border we grow and mill heritage wheats to make flour with a difference. Firstly it tastes amazing, no longer is flour just for the structure but different varieties have different characters and taste, so instead of just ‘flour’ it’s a major taste ingredient. Secondly it can be more easy on the digestion for people suffering from acquired gluten intolerance. The answer may be in the different ratio of glutenin to gliadin (gluten proteins) but it works for many people’.
Limpsfield Cookery School Limpsfield – Quote: ‘We offer a select range of fresh, home-cooked, ready meals to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. All meals are prepared, using fresh ingredients, in the cookery school kitchen and are frozen on the day of making. Meals can be delivered within six miles* of The Limpsfield Cookery School directly to your front door, or you can collect from the cookery school if you prefer.
Outwood Butchers Outwood – Quote: ‘Yes its true, we do know where our produce comes from! So here you will find locally sourced beef, pork, lamb, free range poultry, game, homemade speciality sausages, burgers, cooked hams and pickled tongue. We also offer a range of beautiful homemade pies lovingly created here on site’.
Pedrick’s Zero Waste Shop Caterham – Quote: ‘To offer a package free alternative to your every day household and food products. Where package free isn’t possible to offer items in packaging that is made from and can then be 100% recycled or biodegradable’.
Priory Farm Shop South Nutfield – Quote: ‘Priory Farm Shop is a real delight. It reflects the changing seasons, and every time you visit you’ll find something new and interesting. Fresh produce, handmade food, speciality groceries that you can’t buy in the supermarkets’.
Warlingham Green Fish Van Warlingham – Every friday morning outside the Co-op. Fresh fish direct from Hastings fishermen.
Secretts Milford – Quote: ‘One of the biggest veg producing farms in Surrey, Secretts farm in Milford has been expanding its range at its farm shop to include a zero waste pop up shop called Keep’.
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