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Christmas Goodies Fresh From The National Forest

Wednesday, 12th December 2012

The latest issue of the National Forest Food Guide is out and is packed with scrumptious goodies – just in time for Christmas.

Whether you’re after turkey, goose or beef, or want to track down fine cheeses, chocolate and chutneys, you’ll find plenty of suggestions in the updated guide. And if you know of a supplier or some great local food that is not listed, contact food@nationalforest.org to get them included in the next update.

Farmers’ markets are thriving. New to the list is Swadlincote’s farmers’ market, held on The Delph, on the last Thursday of each month. Another newcomer is Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market, just outside the Forest over the border into Nottinghamshire, which recently won the BBC Food Programme award for the Best Food Market 2012.

The National Forest Food Guide lists where to buy great local food, with details of producers and stockists of everything from meat to mushrooms, beer to bread and cakes to cheese. It is compiled by local food expert Barry Smith:  ‘It is wonderful to see new farmers’ markets in the area.  They are catering for the increased demand as consumers are ever-more aware of the benefits of local food.

‘Over the last few years the Guide has expanded from just a couple of pages to now over a dozen which is testament to the real variety of fantastic produce that we have here in and around The National Forest.

‘I decided to collate the Guide when I found how difficult it was to find out about all the very good produce I knew was out there! The list makes it easier for both residents and visitors to the area to find and enjoy the wonderful selection of food and drink that we have here.

‘Readers are invited to feedback comments and add their suggestions for stockists or produce for the next edition of the Guide.’

The Food Guide is available on the Visit section of The National Forest website.