When you buy from ‘Truly Local’ we make sure you know exactly where your food comes from because we only source produce from within a 35 mile radius of our shop in Stalham, Norfolk. If it’s grown, made, brewed, baked, caught, reared, preserved, pickled or smoked, we make sure our 60 local suppliers are carefully chosen for quality, freshness and ethical standards.
Because we operate as a ‘not for profit social enterprise’, all proceeds go back into sustaining the business, and so you can be assured that money spent with us goes directly back into the local community.
‘Truly Local’ stocks the best quality fresh and seasonal produce the locality has to offer, with our most popular including local cheese, milk & butter, honey, fruit, vegetables and salads, traditionally made bread and pies, organic flour, free range hen, duck and goose eggs & poultry, fish & crabs, traditionally reared pork, lamb & beef and game.
In addition we stock a surprisingly large range of local award winning bottled beers, wine, and even Norfolk’s very own English Whisky! To complement our range of fresh produce, which we restock on a daily basis, we have a fine array of preserves and chutneys, sauces, oils, vinegars and ice creams. Currently we are developing our schemes for veg boxes, hampers and welcome packs for holiday cottages, not to mention our barter system for fruit and veg surpluses. Added to this, we stock a unique range of crafts, so if it’s food & drink, cards, drawing charcoal, paintings, bee houses or just a postcard, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a local supply chain, without the added food miles.
To add to our early success, during our first six months of trading we were winners of two impressive accolades. The first wasWinner in the East of England – Action for Market Towns Award, and the second was the John Sweeney Environment Award from North Norfolk District Council, both of which recognise our achievements in promoting local produce and enhancing the environment.
Perhaps the icing on the cake in February 2012 was a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales, who so enjoyed his visit that he has since bought more from the shop.
As if that wasn’t enough recognition to be going on with, we were thrilled to be Winner in the Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2012 for ‘Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer’ and runners up for the same award in 2013. The awards keep on coming, and we are currently waiting to hear the outcome of our nomination for a Countryside Alliance Award……….watch this space. What a brilliant first 3 years!
To help us celebrate our fantastic success, put a note in your diary for Sunday 22nd June 2014 when we will be inviting you and our lovely local suppliers to enjoy a Truly Local Festival in partnership with How Hill Trust at Ludham. Have a look at our News & Updates page for more details.