Traditional Christmas dinners are full of seasonal ingredients be they sprouts, roast potatoes or parsnips.  Whether you’re aiming for a vegetarian or a traditional meaty festive meal, it is worth trying get ingredients from local and regional producers and there’s help out there to find it.

The NFU #BuyMyTurkey campaign can help you find out where can buy turkey from a local producer.  You can access the turkey finder here.  If you don’t have access to your own home-grown sprouts, try the directory at www.greendurham.org.uk which can help you find suppliers of all sorts of local foods, including veg. You’ll also be able to get locally produced food from businesses like Discovering Durham CIC in Durham City and Crosslanes Organic Farm Shop near Barnard Castle.

One of the very important messages around festive food is not to waste any, of course. Avoiding food waste is baked into our Christmas traditions; just think of turkey curries and turkey sandwiches.  You might even be able to start off the festive period with perfectly good food that has been rescued from going to waste in the food system, for instance by getting a Waste Not Box from Re-f-Use CIC in Chester-le-Street or from the community pantry run by Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC in St Helen Auckland.

But whatever you have planned, we wish you all the very best.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.