From its beginning, HinT has seen the support and encouragement of local food producers and retailers as a key part of the strategy of reducing dependence on fossil fuels and strengthening local sustainability.
Rural communities once virtually supported themselves. Now much is supplied from far away, using heavy amounts of fuel for transport and refrigeration. Shopping from local producers helps restore the local food networks, which will once again become important as fuel stocks dwindle and become more expensive.
We are fortunate in our area. The much-loved landscape of North-East Suffolk produces some of the best food to be had in Britain and, in recent years, has been a magnet, attracting small and middle-sized producers who care about the quality of what they produce and want to offer it as close to home – and therefore as fresh – as possible. On the high streets of the towns around Halesworth, in farm-shops and at farmers’ markets you can, if you know where to look, reap the benefit of this rich tradition.
HinT has hosted talks from local food producers, has arranged visits to their farms and workshops and has encouraged and participated in the 30:30 Local Food Challenge.
As a first step in developing local awareness of the strength of the local food community, HinT produced, in 2012, a directory of local food producers.
If good food, local food, healthy food are of interest to you; if you value a thriving community, a sustainable community, a co-operative community; and if you’d like to play a part, however small, in bringing these about or simply celebrating them, then why not come and join us. Why not Contact Us? We’d love to hear from you.