NFU Scotland (the National Farmers’ Union Scotland) is continuing to
encourage people to buy local, Scottish food and drink for their festive
feasting over Christmas, as Christmas Day looms just over two weeks away.
As part of its What’s On Your Plate? campaign for food and farming, the
Union is offering suggestions as to what fantastic Scottish food people
can prepare for their Christmas meals and is giving ideas as to where
people can buy the ingredients locally.
Scottish food and drink tastes fantastic and can be traced all the way
from farm gate to dinner plate. As well as growing excellent crops and
rearing quality animals, Scottish farmers maintain the countryside on
which our tourism industry depends, they help to maintain rural
communities and they offer a local choice which helps to fight ‘food
miles’ and climate change. Just as importantly, they provide fresh,
healthy food and drink which helps people to eat a balanced diet.
In the second instalment of local food news releases, we are covering main
- Everybody loves a traditional turkey, or even a goose, and almost
all farm shops will either breed their own or be able to sell you quality
birds from nearby. Visit www.whatsonyourplate.co.uk and click on Online
Directory to find a farm shop near you.
- Many people choose beef at Christmas time. Visit your local
butcher who will be able to tell you exactly where your Christmas roast
has come from. For a list of butchers that sell quality Scotch Beef,
- Many of the local farmers’ markets have special pre-Christmas
events so why not go along and stock up. Visit the Online Directory on
www.whatsonyourplate.co.uk for a list.
- No Christmas dinner would be complete without roast potatoes or
brussels sprouts. Local farm shops and many farmers’ markets stock local
potatoes and vegetables. If shopping elsewhere, look for a Scottish
Anna Davies, NFU Scotland Public Relations Manager, said:
“Our primary reason for buying local, Scottish food and drink should be
because it tastes so fantastic! However, there are also a number of other
benefits that farming and food production deliver. Farmers help to
protect and maintain the countryside and wildlife and what they produce is
fresh, healthy and safe.
“With food security becoming a great concern, Scotland must have the
ability to produce its own food and the only way we can do that is if we
help our farmers to stay in business. So please support them – and
benefit your shopping basket at the same time!
“Many things, especially fresh locally grown vegetables, are cheaper to
buy in farm shops or at farmers’ markets than in the supermarkets, which
is extremely encouraging. So why not pay a visit to your local butcher or
farm shop and sample the superb things they have on offer?
The following items are in season in Scotland in December and will
complement any meal:
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