Delivering fresh, local and ethically sourced food and drink to homes across Bristol and Somerset since 2002.
Supporting local, small-scale social and traditional growers, farms and independent food and drink producers across Somerset, sustaining existing employment and creating new jobs for local people.
Ensuring inclusive availability of affordable fresh, local and healthy produce and providing a friendly home delivery service direct to homes within our communities across Somerset including complete meals made with locally sourced ingredients to support our elders to continue living independently in their own homes.
Creating the opportunity for social and therapeutic growing projects to become more financially viable through the sale of surplus produce and developing ‘food for good’ strategies to bring people together around food to build communities, reduce isolation and alleviate food poverty.
Promoting ecological growing and farming methods that improve soil quality and increase biodiversity to protect the natural environment and mitigate the impact of climate change
They say the best laid plans may go awry, and two recent events require our swift, creative action to continue to support the exciting expansion of Somerset Local Food.
Mike, our last self-employed driver who has been with us since the very beginning, has chosen to move on to pastures new. He will be sorely missed by staff and customers alike, but it also means we will be losing the use of his van at the end of April!
The double whammy is that our trusty workhorse transit van has struggled through its latest MoT and is reaching the end of its working life, and we need to bring forward purchasing a replacement to ensure we have a reliable third delivery vehicle for the existing routes.
We therefore need to raise equity capital quickly through our Community Share Offer to purchase replacement vehicles.
We need to quickly raise £2,000 to purchase a small, pre-loved van so one of our other drivers can deliver Mike’s Bath and Frome route and to give us the small run-around we need to collect produce on a Wednesday.
Over the next two months, we need to raise a further £8,000 to replace the transit van that is currently delivering the Bristol route on a Thursday and the Coastal route on a Friday.
Becoming a shareholder in Somerset Local Food means you become a co-owner of the community owned benefit society and have a say in the future direction of the enterprise, including helping us to protect the natural environment for future generations as we create and strengthen local food systems that revitalise our local communities.
Andy & James have been hobby charcutiers for several years. Andy grew up on a pig farm and James is a member of a small village cooperative of 6 families who raise livestock. Their daughters become best friends at the local school and it wasn’t long before they discovered that they shared passion for curing meats and making salami.
Over a pint of cider at a local lawn-mower race (this is Somerset!), the idea for a quality British Charcuterie business was conceived. Both of them have run their own food businesses for several years and could see an opportunity to develop a range of products that followed traditional Spanish, French and Italian methods but were adapted to the British market and capitalised on the rich food culture of the South West.
“We are committed to producing the best products with the best of Somerset ingredients wherever we can. We are now regularly in several markets across Somerset and Bristol, at festivals around the country, in pubs, restaurants and delis. It has been a fantastic success story so far and we are very lucky to have a loyal fan base to whom we are very grateful. We are looking forward to developing new and exciting products, meeting like-minded meat lovers and expanding our business further afield.”
Items come in all the time, depending on the season. Keep an eye open for new produce and offers.
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