A sustainable food system needs thriving sustainable food businesses, and it won’t come as a surprise for you to hear that a number of the producers we work have faced difficult choices in recent weeks.
Many of the producers we work with also supply to the restaurant trade, and with the closure of pubs, cafes and restaurants they have been stripped of a key source of income. Luckily our food buyers have been able to step in and take the unwanted produce owing to the surge in demand.
So here are the seven producers that you’ve helped out this week by choosing to shop with Farmdrop:
Devon-based Haye Farm was facing the hard decision of slaughtering their chickens when egg sales collapsed after restaurants were told to shut their doors. Farmdrop meat and eggs buyer Jaks Pemberton stepped in and agreed to take the remaining supply, meaning all the chickens have been saved.
This pasture-raised poultry farm found themselves with a surplus after the Exeter Chiefs Rugby team stopped placing orders for chicken and restaurant orders for duck came to grinding halt. Fortunately Farmdrop could step in to take the surplus.
Wines, beers and spirit producers
Alcohol suppliers and producers have been heavily affected by the closure of bars and restaurants so we’ve clubbed together with several producers to bring your night-out indoors, offering mixed cases that are normally destined for on trade sales.
• Modal Wines, Iberian Drinks and Basket Press have come together for a unique mixed natural wine case, each one providing two bottles normally destined for the On trade.
• The Clark Foyster mixed wine case.
• The Biercraft mixed beer case.
Daily Dose lost 850 customers overnight, so we’ve dramatically increased volumes, making more available to buy on Farmdrop.
La Tua Pasta
La Tua Pasta is one of many suppliers who lost all their restaurant trade overnight… However they are still making pasta for us ensuring that you can get their restaurant quality pasta at home. You can now also buy their 1kg packs normally destined for their hospitality customers! La Tua Pasta have also pledged 10,000 free meals for the NHS frontline staff – their pasta has never tasted better!
Laverstoke Park Farm
Hundreds of kilos of mozzarella that would have normally gone to top London restaurants has been made available to buy on Farmdrop, helping to keep Laverstoke Park Farm up and running.
Chapel Down Vineyards
The Chapel Down Vineyard has released 3000 litres of hand sanitiser. This is being donated to our staff, our producers, the NHS and to the Felix Project and Westminster Council Outreach Program to help the homeless.
On behalf of all of these wonderful producers we want to say thank you!