Every Bite Counts

Every Bite Counts: Pledge to Eat Local

Welcome to Every Bite Counts, the Devon Food Partnership’s flagship local food campaign. We’re on a mission to promote the value of local food and drink and to support Devon’s fantastic producers.

Every small change in our food choices makes a big impact for our farmers, communities, and environment. That’s why we’re inviting you to share your pledge to make a small change to eat more local food. Whatever you do to eat local, by taking simple, convenient steps towards eating locally together, we can build a healthier, more sustainable food future for Devon. Join us in making a difference one bite at a time!

Share your pledge by 23:59 on Sunday 30 June and you will be entered into a prize draw for a Food Drink Devon Hamper worth £60 from Greendale Farm Shop!

Why eat local?

Basket of vegetables
Credit: Good Food Loop

Eating local isn’t just about reducing food miles; it’s a powerful way to support your health, the environment, and our communities. Meanwhile, buying from local producers also helps ensure that farmers and growers are paid a fair price for their produce.

Every bite of local produce can help:

  • Support local farmers and businesses
  • Reduce food miles and transport emissions
  • Promote regenerative farming practices
  • Strengthen community connections
  • Improve health and wellbeing

Find out more about the benefits of local food in The Case for Local Food report from Sustain.

What can I do?

People picking onions in a field
Credit: https://www.instagram.com/sol.kitchencooks/

By sharing your Every Bite Counts pledge, you’re committing to making small, simple changes that have a big impact. Some ideas for pledges include:

  • Shop at a farmers’ market
  • Add one Devon product to your shopping list
  • Cook a meal using only local ingredients
  • Visit a local farm shop
  • Sign up to a local box scheme
  • Join or start your own food co-op
  • Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) scheme
  • Check food labelling when shopping
  • Share your experience of local food with others
  • Whatever works for you!

However you choose to eat more local food, know that you’re helping to build a more resilient and sustainable food system that nourishes both people and the planet.

You can also join the wider movement towards a fairer, more sustainable food system in Devon by sharing your experience with local food using the hashtag #everybitecounts, following our Facebook page, and subscribing to our newsletter to hear about local food news and events.

Resources and guidance

Looking for inspiration of where to start eating locally? There are lots of resources out there to help you find the best, freshest local produce.

Food Drink Devon is a Community Interest Company committed to raising the profile of Devon’s fantastic quality, seasonal, and sustainable local produce. Food Drink Devon members include food and drink producers, retailers, hospitality venues, and related support businesses. Made in Devon‘s membership also includes local food and drink producers which are committed to using local ingredients.

Take a look at our FAQs for some more ideas.