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Support Your Local Farmers and Crofters This Christmas

This Christmas is the perfect time for consumers to buy and support local

Farmers and crofters work year-round to provide the fine produce many enjoy over the festive period. This festive season, NFU Scotland is asking the public to support those 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 full traceability back to the farm, knowing that the food they are tucking into with family on Christmas day is of the finest quality.

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

President Andrew McCornick commented: “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.

“Many continue to feed the beasts, milk the cows, and work on the farm during Christmas Day, and we’d ask consumers to show appreciation by making sure their festivities are as Scottish and local as possible.

“This Christmas, I ask you to support your local farmers and crofters – that may be as simple as buying your brussels sprouts from the local shop or it could be buying your turkey or beef directly from the farmer. A little can go a long way and helps to enable farmers to feed you every day of the year.

“We produce a fantastic array of excellent produce to the highest of quality and Christmas Day is one of the few days that we can be sure people will buy, prepare, and eat fresh food.

“So, this festive season, let’s celebrate what we do and how we do it, be thankful for each other, and buy Scottish!” Ends


Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Author: Ruth McClean

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News Article No.: 163/18


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Ruth McClean

Having worked in the communications and journalism industry for the last 11 years, NFU Scotland’s Communications Manager Ruth McClean understands the needs of journalists and has extensive knowledge of the wider agricultural industry. After growing up in Argyll and Bute and working in the area as a reporter for local newspapers for eight years, Ruth joined NFU Scotland in 2013 in her current role. She is also Editor of the Union’s membership magazine the Scottish Farming Leader.

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