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Food Secretary Richard Lochhead with The Store owner Andrew Booth.
Food Secretary Richard Lochhead with The Store owner Andrew Booth.

Scotland’s Food Secretary Richard Lochhead is urging Scots to support their local producers this festive season by buying home-grown produce from local suppliers.

The Cabinet Secretary made the call when he recently visited The Store, near Ellon.

This is literally straight from the farm to the fork

Richard Lochhead MSP Food Secretary

He described the farm shop at Foveran as a great example of a place where customers can be assured the produce they’re buying is going straight from the farm to the fork, supporting local business in the process.

He said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the growth of local food throughout Scotland including farmers markets, farm shops and other local food initiatives.

“As well as using farm shops, I would encourage people to get to know their local butchers and other local suppliers to know exactly the provenance of their food.

“It’s been great to visit The Store and hear about all the steps they are taking to ensure that a wealth of fantastic seasonal, local, produce is available to customers all year round.

“This is literally straight from the farm to the fork – you can’t get much fresher than that. I’ll be taking a few things home that will feed in nicely to this year’s Scottish Christmas dinner.”

Mr Lochhead also used the visit to the Foveran shop to set out his vision for 2016.

He said: “Scotland is fast becoming one of the world’s leading food and drink nations and Christmas is a fantastic time to celebrate the amazing produce we have right here on our doorstep.

“We have a terrific natural larder, with some of the freshest, tastiest, most sought after produce in the world. There are almost 140 farm shops across Scotland, offering everything from fresh eggs, succulent Scotch Lamb and Beef, delicious dairy produce, and so much more.

“As we draw to the end of the Year of Food and Drink, my objective for 2016 and beyond is clear.

“We have set out a vision that by 2025 Scotland has grown to become a Good Food Nation, a Land of Food and Drink not only in what we as a nation produce, but also in what we buy, serve and eat.”