Cider making at Stoke Gabriel
Salcombe Fishing boat
Variety of west country apples
Tempt your tastebuds
84% of South Devon Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) is a farmed landscape. It’s characterised by a key number of large farming units with dairying being of particular importance.
However there are a number of artisan producers, who farm a small number of acres and who concentrate on adding value to the raw ingredients. The coast and countryside is rich and varied producing a wide range of speciality food and drink.
With flocks of sheep grazing on the hills, herds of cows on fertile green meadows and fishing boats in harbours, it’s easy to see how local food and this outstanding landscape are intricately linked.
When shopping try and make a point of sourcing local produce to really experience what wonderful food this area has to offer.
If you eat out locally, do make a point of enquiring where the ingredients are sourced from. It helps to highlight to businesses that consumers care about traceability and quality local food and encourage them to seek out more local suppliers.
Whenever you purchase food and drink from the AONB you are helping to sustain the local economy and the local landscape.
Farmers' markets are an ideal way to talk specifically to the producer and also to taste before you buy. It’s a fun way to buy what’s in season, vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, cider, cheeses, cakes, bread, plants and much more.
In addition to these markets, there is a very good market in Totnes on Fridays with a good selection of local produce from the AONB on sale. In Modury every Saturday morning during June, July and August there's a Barrow Market with local produce, arts and crafts, flowers and plants on sale from wheelbarrows.
For more information about local foods generally, visit www.lovetheflavour.co.uk.
The AONB Management Plan identifies the need to keep a profitable mixed farming economy producing high quality food, contributing to the distinctive character of the landscape and practising the sustainable management of land, soil and water.
The South Devon AONB Management Plan endorses campaigns promoting high quality, locally produced food and drink which have successfully increased consumer loyalty and awareness of the importance of supporting the local farming community.