Local food guide to be launched

ECO enthusiasts are launching a local food guide in Hawick on Monday.

A Greener Hawick local food guide, including suppliers, farmers, shops, eateries and hotels, has been put together by the group’s Danielle Grunberg.

She said: “The guide aims to bring together information about sources of locally-produced food to make it easily available for everyone. There is an abundance of food grown in the area and many of our shopkeepers are keen to source local produce. We want to support local farmers and growers, keeping the money in the community.

“We are so used to shopping in the supermarket that we forget the abundance on our doorstep.”

The advantages to buying fresh local food are that locals save on food miles, reduce refrigeration, processing and packaging which means a reduced carbon footprint she said.

The free guide, with an initial print run of 1,000, covers Hawick and the surrounding 50 miles and will be available in the businesses listed and at libraries.

The 16-page booklet, which also includes information about Hawick allotments and cost £1,000 has been funded through a grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Ms Grunberg added: “We’ve got to look at saving carbon because that’s what’s ruining the atmosphere.

“The economic situation is dire and it’s not getting any better. That means the price of oil is going up and up and what we need to do is create a strong local economy. If everybody goes and buys their stuff at a supermarket we are not saving the local economy. It only takes a few days for the shelves to go empty as we know after the snow in the winter: we live in a very fragile economy.

“My dream is to see a vege shop in Hawick High Street that sells local food at affordable prices.”