We’ve given you lots of good reasons to get involved, but understand that there are a few common concerns about eating this way. So, here come the TBI Myth Busters to put your mind at rest.
Expense depends mostly on what you eat. Seasonal local produce is often less expensive than produce which has been imported. As meat is often one of the most expensive foods we buy, eating less and making it go further may reduce shopping bills.
I don’t have the time to cook everything from scratch.
We welcome submissions of quick recipes to the TBI recipe forum. You could try batch cooking things like soups and sauces and using them for a couple of meals - and some local businesses now offer quality, ready meals made from local ingredients.
It’s not as convenient as popping to the supermarket.
The community markets are a good solution to this as a one-stop shop where you can pick up most produce, and many box schemes provide more than just veg. Shopping locally also provides a great chance to socialise.
I can’t live without...
If you can’t live without a favourite food then don’t deprive yourself! Why not challenge yourself to find the most locally produced version or set yourself a realistic target (for example 70% local and 30% other).
I don’t have the time or space to grow my own food.
You’d be surprised how much can be grown on windowsills and in hanging baskets. The TBI Grow North workshops are a great way to find out what might work for you. You don’t need to grow your own with so many great local producers, but if you want to, why not join an allotment or community garden.
A local, mainly vegetarian diet may not meet all my nutritional needs.
Fresh, local food often has more nutrients and is likely to have less salt and saturated fat than many processed foods. However, if you have significant concerns it may be worth visiting the Vegetarian Society nutritional advice webpage.