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5 ways to support your local growers

Greater Manchester is not just a bustling city region. Did you know we also have some glorious rural areas and working farms. Buying your fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat locally supports the local economy, here’s a list of simple and fun ways you can get involved.

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Visit a local farm

City Growers are inviting everyone to come and visit their organic market garden on the banks of the River Mersey in Sale on Sunday 17 June, 11am - 4pm. There will be an opportunity to sample super-fresh seasonal vegetables, activities for children and homemade refreshments on offer. For those who love machinery there will be plenty of tools and tractors on show. Guided tours start at 11.30am and 2.00pm. Visit the website for details of more events throughout the year.

Glebelands City Growers, 94 - 96 Glebelands Road, Sale, M33 6JR. View on map.

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Volunteer

If you don’t have room to grow fruit and vegetables but like to feel the dirt under your fingernails and breathe in fresh air, there are some wonderful opportunities for those who like to get more involved. Local groups like ‘The Kindling Trust and ‘Land Army’ have been set up to encourage and organise small groups of volunteers to help out at local farms such as Mossbrook Growers at busy times.

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Buy from places that source locally

If you’ve never been to Unicorn Grocery before, we recommend you visit. As well as a healthy range of organic superfoods and grains, they always have a wonderful range of fruit and vegetables grown on local farms. If you’d prefer to have your groceries delivered, try a local box scheme like Dig Food, a South Manchester-based home delivery service specialising in good quality locally-sourced organic fruit and vegetables.

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If you are a Chef - source locally

There are many local organisations such as Manchester Veg People that can help you source fresh local seasonal fruit and vegetables to order at a fair price for you and the grower. Customers are more aware than ever of provenance and are starting to ask more questions about where their food comes from. Restaurants and pubs that work their home-cooked menus around the seasons and source locally are becoming increasingly popular.

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Where to eat and drink

Visit one of the brilliant restaurants and pubs in Greater Manchester that already support local producers, growers and brewers like The Mark Addy in Salford, The Rose Garden in West Didsbury, The Parlour in Chorlton and Bean and Brush in Sale.

For full listings of places using local produce click here.