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Pop into your local supermarket or wholesaler tomorrow and you'll find strawberries or tomatoes. But have you thought how they got there? Did you know that most produce grown in the US travels an average of 1,500 miles before it arrives at your shop or supplier?
Shipping our food from around the world has a huge impact on the environment and the health of the planet. Think of all the CO2 produced to fly those strawberries in from Holland. Not only that but did you realise that there is now only a few varieties of strawberries to choose from, not grown for how great they taste, but how well they travel?If you source your produce locally you'll not only reduce your businesses' carbon footprint, you'll also being supporting local producers, who not only have fresher, tastier food, but also a greater variety too.
Why not go one further and grow what you serve? Raymond Blanc's restaurant La Manoir does just that, growing 90 types of vegetables on his 2 acre site - the gardens supply his kitchens for nearly 8 months of the year!