Top 10 places to buy local in the Vale this summer
One of the great pleasures of summer is to cook outside with friends and family, whether it is at the campsite or out in the back garden. We’re lucky in the Vale to have a number of great places to buy your ingredients locally. Buying food locally and choosing seasonal produce is a great way to eat more sustainably and support the local economy. Plus, it tastes better too! From grilled mushrooms, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and sweetcorn packed full of flavour, to succulent spicy chicken and sizzling sausages, there’s something for everyone. So if you’re cooking al fresco this summer, why not buy local and enjoy your food full of flavour.
1. Vale Farmers Market, Cowbridge
Vale Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday in Arthur John’s Car Park, Cowbridge, and is a treasure trove of local produce. Stall holders include Vale-based Pwllywrach Farm (selling Welsh Angus beef and Welsh lamb), Windy Wick Bakery (for all your bread and pastry needs) and Tynycaia Farm (for free-range local eggs), as well as local producers Ty Siriol Pork (from their pure bred Welsh Pigs born and reared outdoors) and Veggie Confetti (microgreens and Oyster mushrooms) and many more.
2. Slade Organic Farm shop, St Brides Major
Slade Farm, based in St Brides Major, sells award-winning organic meat boxes, organic Welsh flour and organic veg bags. Their farm shop is open every Thursday and Saturday. You can find out more about how to buy from them through their website.
3. Forage Farm shop, Cowbridge
Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen is located on Penllyn Estate near Cowbridge. Their shelves stock a bountiful supply of seasonal produce sourced locally (much of which grown and raised directly on the Estate itself), as well as a range of carefully selected, dry goods and drinks from local, artisan suppliers. Produce can be bought in-shop, or they also have an online shop and delivery service for orders over £30.
4. The Farmer’s Pantry, Llantwit Major
Farmer’s Pantry is Rosedew Farm’s shop in Llantwit Major, and stocks a variety of ethically and sustainably farmed meat. You can buy direct from their farm shop, or they also have an online shop where you can place your order. They deliver within 24 hours and accept orders from across South Wales.
5. Windsor Fruit Stores, Penarth
This independent fruit and veg shop, based in Penarth, also stocks a variety of other products such as local eggs and honey, dry foods like pasta, flour and rice (including gluten-free options), tinned goods., and some vegan and vegetarian options.
6. Barratt’s Fine Meats, Rhoose
Barratt’s is a great place to go for locally sourced meat. All of their beef and lamb is hand selected and locally produced, and since they buy directly off their producers all of their meat is traceable to the farm it came from.
7. The Milk Hut, Penuchadre Organic Dairy farm, St Brides Major
If you haven’t heard of The Milk Hut yet, where have you been? Based next to the Farmer’s Arms by St Brides Major, The Milk Hut is your source of local organic milk straight from Penuchadre Organic Dairy farm. Bring along a bottle to refill whenever you need (or buy a bottle from their vending machine to reuse)!
8. Elwyn’s Farm
Elwyn’s Farm consists of a number of fields across the Vale of Glamorgan growing grow veg sustainably in a way that benefits the environment and local wildlife. They offer a weekly Veg Bag delivered every Thursday, and their produce is also available at Forage Farm Shop (see no. 2 in this list) and in the Cowbridge Collective online shop (see end notes).
9. Awesome Wales, Barry and Cowbridge
Awesome.Wales have premises in both Barry and Cowbridge, and are the go-to place for zero-waste food shopping. They also stock a range of products from local producers, including jams, chutneys an relishes that will be the cherry on top of the cake for any barbeque.
10. Cowbridge Food Collective, Online
More and more people are shopping online for food, but you can still support local producers in the Vale by using the Cowbridge Food Collective online shop. The Food Collective brings together the best food makers and their produce in one easy to use website.
Since the pandemic, this Collective has begun operating a completely contactless drive through collection, with all orders boxed and placed into the boot of customers’ cars.
Choosing an independent farmer, grower or producer when shopping for summer food keeps the money spent circulating in our local economy. In fact, research suggests that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy.
By comparison, shopping online or in corporate, out of town retailers only generates around 5p back into the local community.
We’re backing the ‘eat local’ campaign because independent businesses are the heart and soul of towns and villages throughout Wales. We create jobs for local people, and work with other independent businesses like shops, delis and restaurants.
By supporting our local farms, producers, cafes and restaurants, we’re also creating a more interesting and sustainable local food scene - food which is grown locally hasn’t travelled very far and will be as fresh and seasonal as possible.
Good news for both people and the planet!