If like me you live in Sussex, you’ll know what a resplendent area of the country we enjoy. Whether you’re based in the east or west, you’re only a short distance from the South Downs National Park. From the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters to acres of fertile farmland and ancient woodland, the South Downs has so much to offer its residents and visitors. One of the jewels in this national park’s crown is its food and drink. This beautiful corner of England is host to 80 regional cheeses, 50 breweries and 20 vineyards, plus some of the best beef, lamb and seafood you’ll find in the UK.
In an ideal world we’d all have the time to traipse across the county visiting various local producers on the way. But we don’t (or if you do, then lucky you.) The problem can be finding one place that stocks lots of local products, like a farm shop. Of course, they do exist but locating them is not always easy. Quite rightly these farmers spend most of their time and effort concentrating on producing their wares. Marketing and social media are not necessarily at the forefront of their minds. So how can they let you know they exist and what they have to offer?
New web portal southdownsfood.org has been launched with an interactive food finder to help you do just that. Any food business within a ten-mile radius of the National Park – from country pubs and farm shops to farmers markets and wine tasting – can register their business on the website for free and add to the calendar of upcoming foodie events for tourists and locals to plan their leisure time.
So now there’s nothing to stop you finding a farm shop to stock up on your delicious local produce.
Finding your local producers just got a whole lot easier. Sam Bilton shows you how