NFU Scotland members are donating Christmas Brussels sprouts to
two nursing homes in West Lothian on Wednesday 19 December as part
of its ‘What’s on Your Plate?’ campaign, to spread
good will and highlight the quality of Scottish food and drink
over the Christmas period.
The festive branch of the What’s on Your Plate? campaign
is following a ‘12 Days of Christmas’ theme and farmers
from around the country are getting out and about prior to Christmas
to promote 12 of the high quality Scottish food and drink items
that they help produce for Christmas meals, from the turkey to
This event sees farmers from the region going along to donate
Brussels sprouts, kindly supplied by Robert Kirk and Kettle Produce,
to two local nursing homes; Linlithgow Nursing Home and Grange
House Nursing Home in Boness.
Jamie Smart, a sprout farmer and NFUS member from West Lothian,
“The traditional Christmas Dinner has evolved into the meal
it is today because all of the ingredients can be produced within
Scotland and many are in season during December. Brussels sprouts
are grown in many parts of Scotland, particularly the central region
and a Christmas dinner simply wouldn’t be the same without
“Scottish farmers have been planning Christmas all year
and we are keen to do what we can to help people have the chance
to taste what we produce so that they then continue to buy Scottish
food and drink. We have already visited schools with free carrots,
given lamb rolls to shoppers and offered people the chance to win
a Christmas turkey. It’s now the turn of the humble Brussels
sprout and so we are donating some to a good cause.
“It has been calculated that the average Christmas dinner
has travelled a total distance of nearly 85,000 miles to your plate,
why bother unnecessarily buying food from elsewhere, when the best
in the world is available on your doorstep?
“Look out for Scottish labels when shopping and you will
be helping to support locals farmers, local communities and the
countryside for which Scotland is world famous, not to mention
the entire Scottish economy. Back Scotland and buy Scottish!”
What’s on Your Plate? campaign details can be found on www.whatsonyourplate.co.uk
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