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The benefits of getting farm food delivered straight to your door

We are so used to seeing supermarket vans deliver goods to their customers houses, but what about your local farm shop? Recently, farm shops all over the UK have realised the importance of their customers being able to get their fam food delivered straight to their door, and now, people all over the country are able to receive parcels full of fresh farm food without leaving the comfort of their own home.

Farm2Fridge have teamed up with farm shops from around the UK so people can order their food online with ease, it’s as simple as finding your local farm shop by typing in your postcode, picking your favourite and choosing your produce.

There are many benefits to getting farm food delivered straight to your door, and below we have curated a list of the most important ones that might just convert you from a supermarket shopper to a farm food fanatic.

Convenience & time

Ordering online from your local farm shop is easy and fast. Sometimes, farm shops are out in the countryside, and can take a little bit longer to get to, but by using Farm2Fridge’s services, you can get the same range of fresh local produce delivered to your door, without taking the time out of your day to travel to the rural area of your farm shop by car.

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Helping the environment

By staying at home and ordering your fresh farm food online instead, you are also saving the environment. Waiting for the farm food to be delivered to your house means you’re not venturing on in your car or on the bus, which directly impacts pollution. Cars and buses emit carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases, which is one of the biggest sources of pollution in the UK, contributing to poor air quality, noise disturbance, congestion, and climate change. So, removing your weekly drive to get the weekly food shop will make a huge difference to car pollution.

Eating farm food is also great for the environment, as this too can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is due to a number of reasons, such as British beef producing much less carbon dioxide than beef in other parts of the world, and local farm food having to travel far less miles to reach the consumers plate.

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Staying & supporting local

Supporting local farm shops reaps so many benefits, for the consumer and for the farm itself. Firstly, by shopping at local farm shops your are supporting the local economy, this means any money you spend at your local farm shop helps the people around you, as they will in turn spend more money locally, therefore, every penny you spend at your local farm shop will have a much greater impact on the local community than you think.

Also, by shopping locally you are supporting local farmers and their business. By simply choosing to shop at their farm shop instead of a supermarket, you are helping them stay in business and you are creating jobs for local people.

Supporting local additionally helps reduce food miles, reduce packaging, and reduce waste. Local farm food doesn’t travel around the globe to get to your plate, which will reduce the amount of carbon emissions your weekly food shop usually makes. Also, as the farm food isn’t travelling very far, packaging, such as paper, plastic and cardboard is far less.

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No extra cost

Some people might think ordering your farm food online is expensive, but its not! Ordering from your local farm shop with Farm2Fridge is completely free. So, by getting your farm food delivered by Farm2Fridge, you are saving money on delivery costs and fuel for your car, it’s a no brainer.

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More variety

Farm food is well known for being fresh, flavoursome, and healthy. Unlike supermarkets, farm food delivers only seasonal food, so you can be sure that everything you order from your local farm shop is fresh, grown or produced recently and bursting with natural flavour.

There are also a number of delicious recipes you can make with farm food ingredients only, including spaghetti Bolognese, roast chicken with vegetables, full English breakfast, chicken pie, and shepherds’ pie. For an ingredient list, take a look at the best 5 recipes to make with farm shop ingredients blog.

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So, are you tempted to switch from a supermarket shopper to farm food fanatic? With the endless list of benefits shopping at local farm shops brings, such as being able to get farm food delivered straight to your door at no extra cost, we think swapping out your weekly shop from supermarket food to fresh farm food will be one of the best decisions you make, for yourself and for the environment.

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Why its better to buy from local farm shops rather than supermarket chains

Big supermarket chains pose many concerns for the environment, such as material waste from plastic shopping bags and food packaging, open fridges increasing the amount of electricity wastage and unseasonal food for the UK being flown over from as far as Africa, which emits gallons of greenhouse gases.

With this in mind, many people are opting to ditch supermarket chains and instead are choosing to buy from local farm shops instead. Check out the benefits of buying from a farm shop rather than a supermarket chain below:

Money saver

Research carried out by Farmers Weekly highlights that local farm shop food is likely to be cheaper than food bought in supermarkets. Farmers weekly carried out research at their local farm shops and in well-known supermarkets such as Tesco and found that the items bought in supermarkets are likely to more expensive than items bought in farm shops. For example, topside beef is £10 cheaper at a farm shop than it is in a supermarket.

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Access to seasonal produce

One reason why supermarket food is more expensive is that its unseasonal. Supermarkets always have strawberries stocked on the shelves, even when they are out of season in December, this is because they travel all the way from places like South America. The more miles it takes for food to get to your table, the more it will cost you to buy it the supermarket. So, if you get into the habit of eating in season food only, you will be reducing your weekly food shop costs.

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No genetically modified foods

Another reason why its better to buy from local farm shops rather than supermarket chains is there will be no genetically modified foods (GMO) in sight. GMO foods are those foods that have had their DNA modified in an unnatural manner. So, when you are at the local farm shop, you can be safe in the knowledge that there will be no GMO food, but it will be humanely and natural raised livestock and produce instead.

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Fresh and flavoursome food

Local farm food doesn’t travel far, if at all, this means food produced on the farm is kept fresh, and the fresher the food is the more flavoursome it will be. Farm shop food is also seasonal, and you can’t get fresher than local farm shop food that’s seasonal.

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Health and nutrition

Farm food is colourful and bursting with nutritious benefits. Farm shop food isn’t artificial, and so you can be sure that the food you are consuming is jam-packed with natural flavouring and wholesome nutrients, as well as added antioxidants and phytonutrients. Antioxidants are mostly found in fruit and vegetables and protect your cells against free radicals which can increase the chances of heart disease and cancer. Phytonutrients work to build up a immunity to illnesses in the body, and repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins.

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Less chemical preservatives

As local farm food travels less miles than processed supermarket food, there is less need for chemical preservatives to keep food fresh for longer. Although chemical preservatives help food last for longer, which to many people might seem like a good thing, they can actually be bad for your health. Some preservatives such as nitrites or nitrates which are used in processed meats have been shown to increase the risk of colon cancer, and therefore, it is recommended to reduce consumption of such meat.

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Reducing your carbon footprint

Due to the consumers demand for unseasonal food all year round, food is transported further than ever before by air, as vegetables and fruit come from as far as Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America. When food is flown into the UK from so far away, not only does vitamin and mineral content in the food deteriorate, but the act of importing the food emits gallons of greenhouse gases. So, choosing to buy from local farm shops rather than supermarket chains means you are reducing carbon emissions, and, if you choose to get farm food delivered straight to your door, you will also be saving money on fuel, and contributing to the reduction in car pollution.

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Supporting the local community and businesses

Spending money at local farm shops rather than big supermarket chains means you are putting more money into the pockets of local businesses and individuals, who are then able to take that money and in turn, spend it in the local community too. If local businesses are doing well and growing, this means they can hire more staff from the local community, which will positively impact that local economy.

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Animals are treated with care and compassion

It’s very likely that consumers who buy meat from big supermarket chains will be oblivious to where the meat actually comes from or how its raised. But, if you buy your food from a local farm shop rather than a supermarket chain, you can be safe in the knowledge that the produce on the shelves has been raised with care and compassion, as animals have been free to graze in open and spacious fields and have been cared for lovingly by farmers.

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So, have the above advantages of buying food from local farm shops encouraged you to ditch the big supermarket chains? To find local farm shops in your area, simply enter your postcode at Farm2Fridge, choose your favourite farm shop, add your shopping list to your basket and choose from home delivery or click and collect, its that simple!

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A guide to autumn and winter farm food

Eating seasonal farm food is a great way to save money and help the world reduce its carbon emissions.

Seasonal food means the food you buy from your local farm shop hasn’t been imported, and its grown fresh on the farm, in line with the UK’s current season.

Even though the weather in the UK in the colder months is gloomy and dark, it doesn’t mean your food has be. The colder months help provide some of the most flavoursome food on the farm shop shelves, including fruit and vegetables such as pears, beetroot, turnips, swedes, butternut squash and parsnips.

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These nutrient packed fruit and vegetables make for the most delicious autumnal and winter recipes, including:

Pear Crumble

Beautiful for a cold winter evening by the fire, this pear crumble is flavoured with tasty pear cider and lathered in spiced custard.

Ingredients:

  • 75g plain flour
  • 75g butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • 6 ripe pears, peels with cored removed and diced
  • 110ml pear cider
  • 200ml double cream
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 free range egg yolks
  • 75g caster sugar

Method:

  • To make the pear crumble, preheat the oven to 190C.
  • Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together with finger tips until the mixture forms a bread crumb texture. Stir in the cinnamon and demerara sugar.
  • Tip the mixture onto a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the crumble looks golden brown.
  • Then, heath the remaining butter in a frying pan until it starts to foam and bubble, then add the pears. Fry for 2 minutes and add the pear cider, bringing the contents to the boil. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 4 minutes or until the pears are soft.
  • Spoon the mixture into an oven proof dish and sprinkle the crumble mixture of the top. Bake for a further 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, its time to make the custard. Heat the cream, milk and cinnamon sticks in a pan until boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 6 minutes.
  • Then, beat the gg yolks and caster sugar in a bowl, gradually adding the warm cream mixture. Return the customer to the saucepan and cool for 4 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Service the pear crumble in a bowl with lashings of the cinnamon custard.

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Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot is often used as a salad ingredient, but beetroot can be used for so much more, including its own hummus.

Ingredients:

  • 150g cooked beetroots
  • 400g chicken peas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ juice of lemon
  • Flatbreads or cracker to serve

Method:

  • Drain the beetroot and place in a food processor with the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Simply take the mixture and place into a serving bowl, drizzling the finished hummus with a little more olive oil.

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Turnip Tartiflette

The perfect accompaniment to your Sunday roast, this turnip tartiflette really makes the most out of the winter veg.

Ingredients:

  • 750g turnips, peeled and sliced
  • 20g butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 200g smoked bacon rashes
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 200ml crème fraiche
  • 240g reblochon

Method:

  • Pre heat oven to 220C and bring a pan of salted water to the boil, adding the turnips. Cook for 6 minutes or until turnips are tender.
  • Then, heat the butter in a frying pan, frying the onions for 5 minutes then adding the bacon and cooking for an extra 8 minutes. Stir through the thyme.
  • Lightly grease a medium casserole dish, cover the base with the turnips, spoon over half of the onion mixture, crème fraiche and cheese. Season, and then repeat the layers. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.

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Beef and swede casserole

This beef and swede casserole is the perfect hearty and wholesome winter meal, packed full of chunky meat and vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • ½ clery stick, sliced
  • 500g diced braising beef
  • 200ml red wine
  • 700ml beef stock
  • 500g swede, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 300g maris piper potatoes
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf

Method:

  • Heat oil In a flameproof casserole dish. Fry the onions and celery for a few minutes until brown.
  • Add the beef and brown all over for 4 minutes. Pour in the wine and let it reduce by half.
  • Add the beef stock and toss in the swede, potatoes, theme and bay leaf, and bring it to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and let it simmer for 1hr.
  • Then, remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaf, and serve with some more wholesome vegetables.

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Butternut and cinnamon oats

This healthy butternut and cinnamon oats dish is the perfect autumnal breakfast. With hints of spicy and sweet flavours, it’s a great way to start the day.

Ingredients:

  • 120g porridge oats
  • 80g raisins
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 320g butternut squash, grated
  • 2 x 150ml pots of bio yoghurt
  • 25g walnuts
  • Milk to serve

Methods:

  • Tip the oats, raisins and cinnamon into a large bowl and pour over 1 litre of cold water. Cover the bowl and leave to soak overnight.
  • The next morning, tip the mixture into a large pan and stir in the grated butternut squash. Cook for about 9 minutes over a medium heat, stirring regularly, until the oats are cooked the squash is fort.
  • Put half of the mixture into the fridge for the next day and then spoon the rest into bowls, topping in the yogurt and nuts, dusting with cinnamon and service with a splash of milk.

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Crispy honey mustard parsnips

Another great accompaniment to a Sunday dinner, these crisp honey mustard parsnips are great way to add a little bit of spice to your roast.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg parsnips, peeled and cut into small batons
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 2tbsp plain flower
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Drizzle of honey

Method:

  • Boil the parsnips for 5 minutes, then drain and let them steam dry for 2 minutes.
  • Mix the mustard powder with the flour and plenty of seasoning, then, toss the parsnips in the mix and shake off any excess.
  • Heat oven to 220C, put the oil into a large non-stick baking tray, and heat in the oven for 5 minutes. Carefully place the parsnips into the oil, turn then a few times and roast for a further 30 minutes or until golden.
  • Drizzle honey over the hot parsnips and give them a shake.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a serving dish.

Other autumn and winter foods you are likely to find on your farm shops shelves include:

  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Pumpkin
  • Truffle
  • Apples,
  • Quince
  • Chestnuts
  • Figs
  • Goose
  • Rabbit
  • Lamb
  • Venison

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For more autumn and winter based recipes that are sure to keep you feeling cosy and warm, check out these comforting vegetable packed dishes, and to find your local farm shop, visit Farm2Fridge.

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How has farming changed in the UK

Farming has been around for centuries and is an industry that has never stood still. Farmers and farming remain an integral part to communities all over the world, and the same stands for the UK.

Like most things, farming has been ever changing. In the UK in particular, farming has changed tremendously in the last 60 years. There are many reasons for this, and Farm2Fridge have collated the most relevant reasons below:

Machinery

In the 1900s machinery would have consisted of a horse and a small tractor to carry out everyday farming actives. But like most things, farming machinery has improved tenfold. After World War II farmers started to depend heavily on machines rather than their own manpower, and this set the tone for the farming future. Horses were being used less and less, and machines were getting bigger and more powerful.

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Manpower

In the early 60s it could take up to 6 people to harvest over 200 acres of land, but now, it should only take 1 person to oversee 1,000 acres of land. This is mainly down to the physicality of the job becoming increasingly less intense and machines taking over a large proportion of the jobs. Although this will have decreased costs for farms all over the UK, as they can get more farming done in a shorter period of time, this has also reduced the amount of farming jobs for local communities. However, with farm shops on the rise all of the UK, more people are needed to work in the farm shop itself, or its restaurant or café.

How has farming changed in the UK

Regulation and legislation

Farming has many health and safety risks and therefore, over the years, regulation, and documentation has massively increased due to the lack of regulation it previously had, and farms posing many risks and dangers for their workers and the environment.

In terms of legislation, early this year the UK’s new agriculture bill was been called “one of the most significant pieces of legislation for famers in England for over 70 years”. The bill sets out to shift away from direct payments to farmers based upon the amount of agricultural land they manage.

How has farming changed in the UK

Biotechnology

In farming, biotechnology is a term that describes the service of seed and farm animal hybridisation. Because of biotechnology, more resilient seeds are being produced that can withstand harsher climatic conditions, therefore, reducing the chances of low yield. The introduction of pesticides has also help reduce pests that interfere with crops, meaning less damage is caused and once again, this increases yielding.

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Farm shops

All of the changes above have meant farms no longer have to sell their produce to farmers markets and supermarkets, but it has meant they can set up their own food shops.

Over the years, farm food has become a desirable lifestyle choice, and this has meant farm shops have flourished all over the UK. Farm shop food is viewed as a more wholesome approach to the human diet, and people have realised the numerous benefits this has for an individual’s health and for the local economy.

Hashtags like ‘support local’ have been used frequently within the last few years, and with this, local communities are flocking to their local farm shop. Some of these farm shops have got so popular that they have their own cafes and restaurants inside, some are small converted sheds that just do the basics. But, the premise of every single farm shop in the UK remains the same; they are there to provide healthy and wholesome food, that’s sustainable, seasonal, traceable and low mileage.

Even more recently, farm shops have recognised the need to keep up with the current technologically savvy nation and have set up their shop online too. Farm2Fridge has a range of farm shops to buy from online that are based all over the UK, making it easy for shoppers to get their favourite local produce delivered straight to their door.

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So, it’s clear that farming has changed significantly over the years, and it will without a doubt carry on its modifications. With practices such as veganism on the rise, it will be interesting to see the impact this has on the farming future.

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The Best 5 recipes to make with farm shop ingredients

Local farm shop food is guaranteed to be fresh and bursting with flavour. Each ingredient is grown locally and with care, and this combination makes for the perfect meal.

Farm2Fridge have scoured the internet to collect the best 5 recipes to make with farm shop ingredients. From Italian pasta to traditional Sunday roast, this list has all the classics:

Spaghetti Bolognese

For the Italian cuisine lovers out there, this Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is sure to spice up your weekly menu. BBC Good Food has put together the ultimate meaty pasta, and most of the ingredients can be picked up from your local farm shop. Think succulent smoked streaky bacon and rich beef mince, this pasta recipe will leave your taste buds tingling for more.

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr and 50 mins Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 sprigs rosemary
  • 50f beef mince
  • 2 tins tomatoes
  • Basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 beef stock
  • 1 red chilli
  • 6 cherry tomatoes

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Roast chicken with potatoes & carrots

Brought to you by Jamie Oliver, this classic Sunday dinner dish is perfect for the whole family. The recipe is really simple, all you need to add to your farm shop list is carrots, potatoes, garlic, rosemary, chicken, and thyme. The dish takes little time to prepare, just make sure to carve out at least 4 hours for it to cook.

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr and 45 mins Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 500g carrots
  • 600g potatoes
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 5 springs rosemary
  • Olive oil
  • 1 whole free-range chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 spring of fresh thyme

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Full English breakfast

Nothing beats a full English breakfast on a Sunday morning. With tasty pork sausages and plenty of slices of bread, this breakfast recipe will be sure to fill you up for the day ahead. The breakfast takes 5 minutes to prepare, under 30 minutes to cook, and you are likely to find all ingredients in your nearby farm shop.

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork sausages
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 rasher bacon
  • 2 hash browns
  • 110g mushrooms
  • 1 tin baked beans
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Salter and pepper
  • 1 sprig parsley

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Chicken pie

This warming creamy chicken pot pie is the perfect dish for a cold autumnal evening. Brought to you by Kitchen Sanctuary, this chicken pie is the ultimate comfort food, and only takes 25 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook. Most of the ingredients can be found in your local farm shop, such as the chicken, the vegetables, the eggs, and the herbs.

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 320g puff pastry
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon

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Shepherds pie

Another classic from BBC Good Food, this ‘no-fuss’ shepherds pie is a family classic, perfect for a winter evening by the fire. The recipe serves up to 4 people, it takes 15 minutes to prepare and 1 hour to cook. You can also be sure to find all the ingredients in your local farm shop. From the lamb mince to the potatoes, there is nothing better than picking up fresh ingredients straight from the source.

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1hr Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 900g potatoes
  • 85g butter
  • 3 tbsp milk

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So, which recipe will you be making first? Whichever you go for, make sure to pick up your ingredients from your local farm shop or order online with Farm 2 Fridge. Buying from local farm shops supports the local economy, and it’s great for the consumer and community. It’s a no brainer!

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Benefits of ordering your farm food online

Ordering from your local farm shop is a great way to help out the local economy and community. It supports local jobs, it’s environmentally friendly, and it’s great for your health.

Like all of the big supermarket chains, farm shops all over the UK are following suit and you can now order your farm food online.

Farm2Fridge make the online ordering process really simple, all you have to do is enter your postcode and various farm shops will be found. From there, you choose your local farm shop and simply shop away!

But what makes ordering from your farm shop online better than going into the store directly? Well, there are numerous benefits, and we’ve come up with a list of the most important ones below:

The quality

Farm shop food is well known for being good quality, fresh and full of flavour. Farm shop food is produced on the farm itself, so you are safe in the knowledge that your food hasn’t made a long journey to get to you, and that the food will be fresh and uncured. Knowing exactly where your food comes from, especially meat and dairy, is a great comfort too.

According to the National Farmer’s Retail and Markets Association (FARMA), there are over 4,000 farm shops in the UK, with a turnover ranging from £1,000 to more than £6 million. Some of these farms shops are seen as luxurious and will even have their own restaurant, some are small outback buildings and are far from opulent, but, the ethos of all farm shops in the UK remains the same in that they are sustainable, seasoned, traceable and food mileage is low.

Farm2Fridge helps deliver the quality produce straight to your door, without compromising on its freshness and condition.

Benefits of ordering your farm food online

The convenience

One of the most obvious but key benefits is the convenience of ordering online. For those with busy lifestyles, or those trying to limit their outings due to COVID-19, ordering online is the simplest and most convenient option. For years it wasn’t possible to order online from your local farm shop, but new innovation has made this an accessible choice.

For those farm shops that don’t have their own website or online ordering system, Farm2Fridge enables customers to order through them, hassle-free. It’s as simple as entering your postcode, choosing your favourite farm shop and adding your ingredients to your basket, just as you would with any other online ordering process. With Farm2Fridge, you can also choose to collect in person or arrange a delivery direct to your door. So, if you enjoy visiting the farm to see the animals, but don’t enjoy the shopping part, the click and collect option could be for you.

Benefits of ordering your farm food online

The support

Buying from your local farm shop means you are supporting the local economy, encouraging a diverse food economy, and helping the out the environment.

Buying locally grown food means you are keeping money in the local community, supporting local jobs. Local farm shops can supply to other local businesses too, such as restaurants and cafés.

Purchasing local farm shop food also supports communities and consumers. With support, local farmers can create close networks between themselves, as well as with local buyers. And as the consumer, you can purchase directly from the farm itself, which builds relationships amongst all community members, which encourages a sense of belonging within the community.

You are also helping the environment when you buy local farm shop food. Farm food is produced on the farm and sold on the farm, so your food mileage is zilch! By buying from a farm shop, you are avoiding unnecessary travel and you are helping lower carbon emissions.

Benefits of ordering your farm food online

So, do these benefits make you want to order online with your local farm shop? If so, head to Farm2Fridge to checkout the food on offer at your favourite farm shop!

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Why you should eat food from local farm shops

Eating food from local farm shops has many benefits for the farm shop itself, the consumer, and the community.

According to the National Farmer’s Retail and Markets Association (FARMA), there are over 4,000 farm shops in the UK. This means its very likely there is one in your local area, and everyone can take advantage of the scrumptious seasonal food they have on offer.

Below are some of the benefits of shopping at your local farm shop:

Boost local economy

Supporting local farm shops encourages a diverse food economy. This means more money is being retained in the local economy, as well as supporting jobs in UK farming and food production. When there is less distance between the grower and the buyer, or from the farm to the fridge, then you can safely say you are doing your bit for your local community.

When you are buying food from local farm shops, you also have the luxury of knowing exactly where it comes from. This is especially important when it comes to meat! And in terms of the supply chain, you can be safe in the knowledge that if anything disrupted food being imported to large supermarkets in the UK, you can always rely on your local farm shop.

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Reduces waste

In the UK, food waste totals a shocking 10.2 million tonnes per year, which can cost an average household up to £500 a year. Supermarkets all over the UK have mass stock of food produce, and if this food isn’t bought, it simply gets thrown away. However, local farm shop food is produced fresh and it isn’t made in large quantities, meaning money is being saved and there is also less packaging involved, which is great for the environment!

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Seasonal meals

Eating seasonal foods from local farm shops is a great option for the whole family, and it’s great for the environment. Eating seasonal foods reduces the reliance on un-seasonal food, which requires a lot of energy to grow, produce, and transport. If your food product has travelled a long way, the more energy it has taken to get it on your plate! For example, if you want to get Strawberries in the UK in the Winter season, supermarkets will have to get them imported from as far as Egypt. So, if you find yourself picking up un-seasonal strawberries from your local supermarket, it’s important to keep in mind the high carbon footprint this has had on the world.

However, locally produced food spends little time in transit, meaning food is fresher, it will have retained much more of its nutrients and it will have a great flavour.

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Encourages you to eat your 5 a day!

Local farm shops are brimming to the top with colourful fruit and vegetables, and you will never be short on seasonal ingredients to make the best farm shop-based meals. This is great for the whole family, but especially children who will benefit from eating more greens, and getting a varied diet filled with all the healthy stuff!

Food from farm shops are generally cheaper, too. This is because food in farm shops is in season all year round, meaning there are no import costs attached to the produce you buy.

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Don’t be fooled

Many large supermarket chains package their produce in packaging that is made to imitate farm shop packaging. This means consumers all the UK are mistaking supermarket bought food for that of a local farm shop. When in doubt in a supermarket, always look for the red tractor symbol, as this will identify food grown in the UK rather than imported food.

If you want to shop with your local farm shop, then Farm2Fridge have a range of farm shops to choose from, and we can help you get your food shop with ease

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WELCOMING NEW SUPPLIERS!

We’d like to give a warm welcome to all our new suppliers who’ve come onboard with Farm2Fridge this month, making shopping locally for fresh produce even easier.

A special mention goes to Robinsons Farm Shop, MacKenzies Farm Shop, Berts Barrow, Red Kite Roasters and Dandelion Café, specialising in vegan food, who we’re delighted to add to our growing network of suppliers in Yorkshire.

Please check out their pages to see how ordering via our fast and secure platform works, and discover the convenience of having all your local food businesses listed in one place.

Our team have been busy crafting suppliers’ individual e-shops, making it possible for customers to order online from the comfort of their own homes, and arrange to Click and Collect or choose home delivery.

It’s so easy for customers and suppliers alike, and we’re excited to be welcoming many more postcode areas all the time, so do keep checking back.

If you’re a supplier and fancy being part of the action, then come onboard – it’s FREE! Simply register your interest here .

Together, we’re stronger!

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How Farm2Fridge is supporting local food suppliers during Covid-19

With online grocery shopping set to soar by 33% this year, we’re excited to launch Farm2Fridge – a new shopping platform designed to give local food retailers a helping hand with their online sales.

The coronavirus pandemic has unexpectedly cast many local businesses into unchartered territory, leaving them navigating the ups and downs of online sales, as lockdown brought shop shutters tumbling everywhere.

But as supermarket customers battle for home delivery slots, and shoppers struggle to stay safe by social-distancing on busy grocery aisles, the demand for convenient online ordering of fresh local produce has never been higher.

What we offer

The Farm2Fridge platform signposts shoppers to local food suppliers by postcode to find fresh, locally-sourced produce for collection or delivery in their local area.

Our unique platform – which offers free sign-up – saves suppliers the time, hassle and cost of managing their own online shop.

We handle all the technical know-how to help promote businesses to the online community, freeing up suppliers to focus on what they do best – supplying fresh, local produce with first class customer service in their local areas..

How does it work?

We’ve teamed-up with local farm shops, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, delis and greengrocers to launch a fast, free and easy online ordering platform for customers , where they can do their shopping from home and pay safely online.

It’s free to sign up and there’s just a small commission fee for every order placed to cover our technical costs. It’s so easy, you could be selling to online customers in days!

According to the latest research from Mintel, the online grocery market is set to grow by 33% in 2020 to reach an estimated value of £16.8 billion– that’s up from £12.7 billion from 2019.

There really has never been a better time for local food suppliers to get online – so what are you waiting for?

Sign up free today and start enjoying the benefits!