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Shop like a local

a mix of images showing local produce including wood-fired pizza, scotch eggs, pastries and produce

Shop local for sustainable tourism

We all know planning for a holiday can be a pretty fraught, from packing to directions and organising others. So food can often be a little forgotten.

A self-catering holiday does make many think of having to order bags of supermarket food, drink to ensure you can eat well and save a little on the essentials.

I am definitely a last minute merchant. I think of all the amazing things I should organise weeks ahead, and then let it all slip into an abyss, procrastination winning over getting it done.

Now, I know that will fill many with dread.  But I can honestly say that it has on many occasion led to better holidays with more rich experiences especially when it comes to food.

Food and drink are one of life's pleasures. I know I get stuck in a rut when it comes making meals for the household, and I definitely don't love the supermarket shop.

So when on my holibobs, I indulge a little, allow shopping for food to become a little more exciting and let myself be led by what is available, because holidays don't have the same pressure of routines and structure that everyday life imposes on us.

So this little journal is all about some of the most gorgeous little haunts to find ingredients, enjoy local produce and indulge in some eating out.

Visit Ledbury for brilliant Indie shopping

We've had the tough job of doing the research to find the best bakery, or amazing deli, where to go for the best morning coffee and breakfasts or tea time treats, so you don't have to.

These are our recommendations of where to buy local ingredients from farm shops to markets. We'll recommend some of the best places to shop for food, ingredients, gifts and hand crafted items as keepsakes from your stay.

Ledbury's got a wonderful array of shops for picking up everyday ingredients there are super markets - Tesco's, Lidl, and Co-Op.  If you are looking for a few local treats then head for Ceci Paolo - with amazing cheeses, deli salads, quiche, local sourdough breads and cakes. Its where we pick up our goodies for grazing platters for Elsies cottage.

Handley Organics has some wonderful locally grown produce as well as cakes, salads and whole foods - perfect if you are looking for a vegan or wheat free treat. They have a cafe too!

If you adventure about 5 miles out of Ledbury on the Hereford road you will discover The Nest, so called as it is the home of the Scotch egg company. With a little deli, cafe and nursery as well as wildlife walks and orchards,  all styled with rustic charm, well worth a mooch.

Staying in Ledbury there are plenty of lovely shops for inspiration. If it is a little gift for yourself, try Juice Collection for jewellery and leather goods or maybe something for your home, try Tinsmiths for fabrics, pottery and soft furnishings - tucked down the alleys are Roger Oats - wonderful rugs and worth a visit of the architecture. If its more scandi-design you are after then Hus and Hem will be right up your street.

Therer is so much more in the town, that it is difficult to mention everything here, so just enjoy a wander, and don't forget to wander the alleyways, they are full of great little shops and cafe's.

We particularly recommend The Malthouse - with a cute little courtyard and great produce. but beware it gets very booked up.

Shop Local on the Cornish coast

You'll always arrive to the basics at one of our cottages - everything to make a brew, eggs and toast for morning breakfast as well as a few treats.  When we land in Porthleven its usually with very little in hand. So our first stop is at the local shop Pengellys.

Whilst it carries co-op items it also has lots of  locally grown farm produce, Cornish milk and cream, cheeses and hams as well as pretty much anything you might have left behind. Plus it stays open really late!

If you are looking for a few treats for your stay head for The Corner Deli. It carries some great Cornish produce as well its own produced cakes, deli salads and cheese and you could pre-order your wood-fired pizza for later.

Porthleven Markets  Run throughout the week. There are stalls in the harbour, as well as in the Shipyard market.  Perfect for picking up a gorgeous gift, or keepsake, as well as delicious treats with a huge variety of products including Poke bowls, bubble tea, smoothies and delicious bakery items. I love a lazy wander around the markets, chat with young local  producers learn a little local history and catch the Cornish vibe.

Tourism offers great opportunities for enterprising young entrepreneurs but only if they are supported. So rather than ramming your car full of super market bags, your holiday is a wonderful opportunity to support sustainable tourism by shopping local.

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