Most people who don’t grow their own food will buy it from retailers, be it supermarkets, independent food stores, farm shops, food cooperatives, or local markets. This is why we’re researching which products are stocked by retailers, as well as finding out where the producers who supply the outlets are based.
The map below shows the local retailers we’ve discovered so far (140 and counting!) who sell local produce around Suffolk. Not all products sold by each outlet will be 30-mile food, but if we’ve mapped them, something in the shop will be local.
To use the map, click on it and a larger, interactive map will open. Hover your cursor over any of the coloured teardrop markers to see the name of the retailer. Click on the marker to bring up the full contact details for each retailer and what they sell. We’ve tried to categorise them according to the main food group they sell but many sell a mixture of items so have a good look for each – and if in doubt you can contact the shopkeeper for more information.
At the bottom of the map you can click on the different coloured teardrops to filter the display by type, depending on which food group or the type of outlet. The full details for each marked business are listed alphabetically below the interactive map – click on the text in the list and you will be taken to the marker on the map. Enjoy shopping around 🙂
We’ll be adding to this over the coming months so check back regularly for updates to discover new local food outlets each month. It’s also worth checking out the list of producers on the Producers’ Page, as many of these sell from shops on their premises or at the farm gate… some may just be around the corner!
The Local Foods Suffolk producers list also gives outlets for many of the producers, including markets, and links to producers’ websites (with lists of stocklists available in some cases).
Are you a retailer selling a large amount of locally produced food? Please let us know by leaving a comment below, including what products you sell, and we’ll add you to our map. We’re particularly looking for shops near urban centres so more people can keep their food miles down and use their closest shop. Thanks muchly!