On this site you will find details of food, drink and natural products which are grown, reared or sourced right here in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, often by members of the Cotswolds Choice scheme.
The Cotswolds Choice logo guarantees the producers' commitment to high-level environmental, landscape, community and heritage principles.
Why buy local?
Environmentally Friendly - buying from Cotswolds Choice and local producers is the right thing to do if you are concerned about the number of miles your food travels before it reaches your plate. The "embedded carbon" in much of the food we eat contributes to our personal carbon footprint. We all need to do our bit to look after own special landscape and environment.
Support the locality - buying local is also a great way of supporting the local economy and the local environment. Local producers make the natural landscape so special. And the money which they earn from their sales is more likely to be recirculated within the local economy, helping other local businesses to thrive and survive.
Local food is fresher and tastier! It is good to eat the food from the region where it has been grown. Food which travels long distances may have to be stored for longer and preserved in different ways. This can affect the taste and quality. You can't beat a local dish!
Food security - Promoting local food production for local consumption helps to increase the long term food security of the region.