Christ­mas is the time to sup­port lo­cal farm­ers

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

This fes­tive sea­son, NFU Scot­land is ask­ing the pub­lic to sup­port hard-work­ing farm­ers and crofters – many of whom will even be work­ing on Christ­mas day – and buy lo­cal.

Not only does buy­ing lo­cal cut down on food miles, but con­sumers can be rest as­sured that farm­ers get the full re­turn they de­serve for the food they pro­duce. They are also guar­an­teed of high qual­ity, with trace­abil­ity back to the farm, know­ing that the food they are tuck­ing into on Christ­mas day is the finest qual­ity.

Vis­it­ing a lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­ket, a farm shop or go­ing di­rectly to the farmer, en­sures the meat and veg­eta­bles you buy are pro­duced to the high­est of stan­dards.

NFUS pres­i­dent An­drew Mc­Cor­nick said: ‘Our thou­sands of farm­ers and crofters work day in and day out to pro­vide the fine Scot­tish pro­duce many will en­joy over the fes­tive pe­riod.

‘At a time of year when farm­ers and crofters are work­ing hard to en­sure you have food on your plate on Christ­mas day, what bet­ter way to sup­port them than to buy fresh, Scot­tish pro­duce.’

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