In a time when we can buy almost anything that we want, many are finding that our food choices are actually becoming more and more limited. High streets are now filled with supermarkets and food chains, and while at times the level of choice seems almost overwhelming, it can also seem difficult to know where to buy fresh produce which ticks all the boxes (local, seasonal, organic, fairly traded etc).

The what's in season page of this section can help inform our local seasonal food purchasing. By using local food businesses in Stockport we can look to change how we buy food and what we buy. This can have positive effects on farming, the local economy, food diversity, the environment and our health. Stockport has some excellent foood enterprises and businesses but also has poor access to good quality, affordable food in some areas. By working to improve access, share knowledge and support new and exisiting local businesses we can improve the food culture in Stockport. Feeding Stockport aims to create a Food Network where you can search for food businesses in your area. 

In addition to these businesses we are fortunate to have various veg box schemes that deliver local produce to your doorstep. In Stockport borough there are some great farm shops if you fancy seeing where and how our food is being produced. The shops and box schemes page of this section will help you find these retailers, or you may prefer a leisurely browse around some of the local farmers' markets

Food co-ops are a good way to get together with other people near you who want to buy food that is for example locally produced, find out if there's one near you, or how to set one up with your friends and neighbours. If you are a retailer or caterer yourself, and are looking to source sustainable produce in bulk, see the direct buying page.

Keep an eye on the calendar for details of farmers markets and other food related events.