The Sustainable Wallingford Buy Local Group was formed to make it easier to buy local products and to encourage us to grow more of our own food. We have produced Where to Buy Local since 2005 and update it regularly; click here to see and search it online.
Every time we buy something we make choices which affect local businesses, the environment and our community. There are many advantages in buying from local producers, including the chance to meet the people who produce the goods and re-establish the direct link between grower and consumer. You can ask how the goods have been produced, what are the ingredients of a cake or pie or whether vegetables have been sprayed. You can also say what you really like about a product and so have an effect on the quality of the things you buy and give useful feed back (and encouragement!) to the seller.
Wallingford is a unique historic town whose shops and markets have served the surrounding villages for centuries. Happily it still retains a good range of small independent shops that add to the town’s character.
Local producers now have a regular market in the Regal Centre every Saturday morning with organic vegetables grown within a few miles of the town, locally-reared meat, other local produce and crafts. Each Friday there is the indoor Country Market, usually held in the Regal Centre, as well as the charter market in the Market Place, and on the third Tuesday of each month (and 5th Saturday) there is the local Farmers’ Market with producers from a 30 mile radius of the town.
If you have any comments or suggestions on the Buy Local Guide, please contact us.