The Kent Food app connects you with all the people who make living & eating local possible.
With everyone talking about local what does it actually mean for you and your family? Why should you buy local and what are the benefits?
Most importantly local food tastes better!. This is generally because it doesn’t have to travel and in many cases has been freshly picked or produced.
Local food is greener! Not just in colour… what it means is that with less distance to travel the product is better for the community by conserving energy that is usually used in transportation.
On the whole, local food uses less packaging. Buying produce from a farmers market or from a farm itself often means less packaging.
By buying local food you are supporting local farmers and producers. Kent has a diverse range of products and produce and we have been known as ‘The Garden of England’ for a good reason – we have a wonderful natural larder and our farmers now how to produce some of the best tasting food in the world!
By buying local you actually get to meet the people who produce your food. Buying in supermarkets is convenient but faceless. You can ask questions, explore growing and producing methods and have an insight into the farm to fork process.
Local food is about the future. Supporting local farms today helps keep those farms in your community, ensuring that your children and grandchildren have access to nourishing, flavourful and abundant food.
Your chance to download the county’s first local food app. This app is a must for everyone whether you buy local regularly, occasionally or rarely the hundreds of listings will help you make choices about the food you eat and where you can buy it.
Around 2 million people live in Kent and 28% of you own an iPhone or iPad! The Kent Food app is free to download from the App Store just search KENT FOOD.
The Kent Food app aims to showcase as many Kent producers, restaurants, markets and small holders as possible. Why Farming Matters in Kent has been working with Produced in Kent, Kent Farmers Market Association the NFU and other rural organisations to come up with a comprehensive list of the county’s finest.
The app is easy to use to find food, buy food, eat food and cook food from Kent. With hundreds of producers listed in seven categories: Baked Goods, Condiments & Preserves, Confectionary, Dairy, Drinks, Fruit & Veg and Meat & Fish it has never been easier to source and buy local!
The app will use your location to automatically find producers, farmers markets and restaurants within a ten-mile radius or you can increase the search to show all producers listed in the county. Each producer features a map listing, directions, telephone number and many have website details and email contact form.
Buy local features the county’s Farmers Markets and the range of produce they sell.
Only restaurants that are committed to using local produced food are shown on the Kent Food App so you can be sure that when you visit you will be getting a real taste of Kent.