In the latest of a series of independent reports commissioned by the Regional Food Group for Yorkshire and Humber (RFG), farmshops in Yorkshire have been found to offer the best value when it comes to vegetables.
Yorkshire farmshops were found to be better value than major supermarkets for baking potatoes (an average 33% less expensive), tomatoes (an average 36% less expensive), loose leeks (an average 14% less expensive), onions, savoy cabbages and cauliflowers.
RFG’s Chief Executive Jonathan Knight said: “Farmshops can offer shoppers fantastic value on many products, and in the lead up to National Vegetarian Week I’m delighted to see that our research has highlighted that Yorkshire farmshops offer particularly good value when it comes to vegetables!
“Local food can benefit local economies in a number of ways, creating jobs and opportunities in the local community, which in turn will have a positive impact on future investment and opportunities in the area. Support for local food is good news for the environment, as well as the economy: local food production often means lower distribution and travel miles – and as we have seen with this latest research the cost savings are passed back to the consumer.”
Matthew Machin from The Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe, York, who took part in the farmshop research said: “We take part in RFG’s farmshop comparisons to help dispel the myths that farmshops are more expensive than supermarkets.
“Farmshops provide better value for money on a range of staple goods, not just vegetables. As a business we are transparent about where our products and ingredients come from and customers can feel reassured that they are helping to boost the local economy.”
The RFG research was conducted on a range of farmshops from across the region.