A large proportion of the average UK person’s carbon footprint is made up of their food choices, some say as much as 20%. Luckily, East Anglia is rich in fresh, sustainable, and naturally delicious local produce, which can be purchased both from retailers and directly from producers at our many farmers’ markets. An easy and delicious way of reducing your carbon footprint.
With so much choice, where are the best places to shop local?
This work-in-progress directory provides a select overview of local food producers & retailers in the Cambridge area, tried and tested by our Eating Local bloggers. If anything is missing or needs updating, please email us.
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Here we provide a links to local producers and retailers, grouped by category:
Cambridge Country Market
Cambridge market square, Cambridge. 07810 806338
Thursdays 7am-4pm, closed last week December and 1st week January
This is a co-operative enterprise, selling a range of baked goods, preserves, eggs and honey, garden produce and crafts. Everything is home-made.
Cambridge Farmers’ Market
Cambridge market square. Sundays 10am-4pm
Includes: Wild Country Organics, Tom’s Cakes, Red Poll Camcattle, Brownbread, Hawthorn Farm, Mayflower Produce.
Stalls at Cambridge Farmers’ Market
Wild Country Organics
Cambridge market square. Sundays 10am-4pm
Wild Country Organics is a modern organic family farm run by Dr Adrian Izzard, who over the last ten years has developed the growing techniques to produce a wide range of the best tasting organic vegetables and salads.
Red Poll Camcattle
Cambridge market square. Sundays 10am-4pm
Beef raised in Cambridge’s commons and meadows.
Cambridge market square. Sundays 10am-4pm 01277 355060
They use organic, local and stoneground ingredients where possible.
Hawthorn Farm, Cottenham
Cambridge market square. Sundays 10am-4pm 07900 577148
Hawthorn Farm, Twentypence Road, Cottenham, Cambs, CB24 8SP
Cambridge market square. Sundays 9am-4pm (or Ely Saturday market)
Whitehall Farm, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4TB
An organic vegetable producer. Sells a wide range of local, seasonal vegetables, as well as (non-local) ginger.
Cambridge market square Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
*not all stalls are sustainable food, but look out for clearly marked locally grown fruit and veg, and other products.
Includes: Alison Reed Chocolates, Harvey and son, Carter’s stall
Stalls at Cambridge Market
Alison Reed Chocolates
Cambridge market square. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 07738 062647
Locally hand-made chocolates.
Harvey and son
Cambridge market square. Most days except Sunday 10am-4pm 07800 948145
This is a family-run stall where the Carters sell their local-grown vegetables. They’ve been growing veg for sale locally for four generations in Shelford. Not everything on the stall is local (you will see lemons!) but a lot is and it is clearly marked.
Cambridge market square. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
This stall sells quite a lot of local produce, as well as imported fruit and vegetables. The local vegetables are clearly marked.
Great Shelford Country Market
Shelford Village Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ
Histon Country Market
Histon Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Histon, CB24 9JD
Provides information about and organises local farmers markets around Cambridge, currently held in Shelford, Linton and Impington. There are occasional gourmet events.
Includes: Great Shelford Farmers Fayre, Linton Farmers Fayre, Impington Farmers Fayre
Farmers Fayres Markets
Great Shelford Farmers Fayre
Fourth Sat of every month 9am-12noon
Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ
Linton Farmers Fayre
First Sat of every month 9am-12noon
Linton Village College, Cambridge Rd, Linton, CB21 4JB
Impington Farmers Fayre
Third Sat of every month 9am-12noon
Impington Village College, New Rd, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9LU
Cam Valley Orchards
August-Feb Thurs-Sat 9am-6pm. 01763 262906
25 Whitecroft Road, Meldreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6ND
A seasonal Farm Shop started in 1968, which sells the fruit range of varieties that are grown in the orchards. Open 3 days a week and the season starts at the end of July with Plums. The closing date may vary from year to year depending on how long Apple stocks last.
Cambridge Farmers Outlet
8 Lensfield Road, CB2 1EG
This cooperative of 20+ local producers sells seasonal food direct to the public. Stocks organic bread, and fruit, veg and flowers grown without pesticide use, along with chutneys, some prepared food and high-quality frozen ready meals.
01487 773282 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glebe Farm, Kings Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2NL
They grow their own porridge oats, organic wheat and spelt and sell flour milled on the farm, as well as various gluten-free bread and cake mixes. They produce and sell gluten-free porridge oats and supply shops all over the country. Daily Bread has their products, but you can also buy online through their website
Gog Magog Hills
Tues-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm 01223 248352
Heath farm, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge, CB22 3AD
Sells home-made sausages, pies and scotch eggs, as well as pates, anti-pasti, organic fruit & vegetables, organic bread & milk, cakes, biscuits, jams & pickles, eggs and rare-breed pork and other organic meat.
Hackers’ Fruit Farm
June – August 9am-6pm daily 07762 643 195
Hackers’ Fruit Farm, Dry Drayton, CB23 8HD
Local vegetables, PYO fruit in summer
La Hogue Farm Shop and Delicatessen
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm 01638 751128
Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5PZ
Opened in 2002, this family run farm shop offers a range of locally sourced produce using traditional farming methods. Stocks a wide variety of local, seasonal vegetables, ranging from fen celery, through to purple sprouting broccoli and Norfolk samphire. La Hogue also has a butchery section, which stocks traditionally reared, free range meats. When in season, you can buy local wild venison and game (pheasant, partridge, wild rabbit, hare and mallard).
Oakington Tomato Farm
Thurs-Fri 9am-5pm 01223 237016
Oakington Tomato Farm, Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, CB24 3BD
Contrary to expectations, the farm produces raspberries not tomatoes.
Supplier to the Tescos Finest range.
Radmore Farm Shop
Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm 01223 361155
30 Chesterton Rd, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 3AX
Radmore Farm Shop on Chesterton Road in Cambridge specialises in home-reared pork, beef and lamb; home-grown potatoes; high quality fresh fruit and vegetables and freshly-made cakes. They also sell organic bread delivered daily, organic milk and dairy products, free range eggs and free range chicken from local farms. (local and non-local products, which change with the seasons)
Rectory Farm Shop
Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm 01223 860374
Rectory Farm, Landbeach Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6DA
Supply a range of local produce, including meats, fruit and vegetables
Dawn till Dusk 7 days a week (bring change) 01638 741551 email@example.com
Snakehall Farm, Swaffham Road, Reach, Cambridgeshire, CB25 OHZ
Organic seasonal produce from the farm.
The Bushel Box Farm Shop
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm 01954 206015
The Bushel Box Farm Shop, 130 Station Road, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5HG
Located on the working commercial fruit farm of Manning & Son, a business that has been running here for more than 80 years. The Bushel Box Farm Shop is open all year round selling local produce, at seasonal best, straight from local farms.
Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm 01223 364845
12 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AD
Cambridge’s Oldest Vegetarian Wholefood Shop. Sells organic fruit and vegetables (often locally sourced), specialist foods (vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free); ethical toiletries and baby products; organic wines and beer (vegan friendly); fresh take-away snacks and meals.
Barker Bros Butchers
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 7am-1pm 01223 843292
43 High St, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5EH
A traditional, family-run butchers shop, which has been trading since 1843. Sell a wide variety of different meats, sourced as locally as possible and produce their own hams, bacon & award winning sausages. As well as meat and game they also sell fish, cheese, bread, eggs and have a good selection of homemade deli produce.
The Cambridge Chilli Sauce Company
01487 822900 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cambridge Chilli Sauce Company, 5 School Road, Broughton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3AT
Produce a range of chilli products, including sauces and relish, mostly made from local ingredients. Products are available online and from outlets around Cambridge.
01223 241207 email@example.com
7 Robert Davies Court, Nuffield Road, Cambridge CB4 1TP
Cobs Bakery uses local flours to produce the Windmill and Classic ranges of additive-free organic breads for delivery around Cambridge and sale at local Farmers’ Markets.
Cambridge Butchers – Cousins of Newnham
Mon-Fri, 7am-5.30pm, Sat 7am-4pm 01223 35 28 56
36 Grantchester Street, Newnham, Cambridge, CB3 9HY
A traditional independent butchers shop, stocking local meat and eggs, from Suffolk and Norfolk, local bacon and their own sausages. Pies, cakes and other baked goods are made on the premises. They also sell fruit and vegetables, and quite a bit of this produce is local.
Mon 9am-4pm, Tues-Sat 9am-5.20pm 01223 423177
Daily Bread Co-op Ltd, Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, King’s Hedges, Cambridge, CB4 2PH
A workers’ co-operative that supplies whole foods, which range from lentils to sugar-free snacks. Can provide advice to people on a gluten free, organic or diabetic diet.
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm. 01223 245309
177 Mill Rd, Cambridge, CB1 3AN
Sell fresh fruit and vegetables, some of which are locally produced
07909 224178 firstname.lastname@example.org
133 Sturton Street, Cambridge, CB12QH
Local, fresh, mostly organic and always delicious ice cream. Made in Cambridge, by Jack. Part of The Thoughtful Street Food Collective.
Leech and Sons (Burwash Manor)
Mon 9am-1pm, Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm. 01223 265555
New Rd, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7EY
A family-run butcher with more than 75 years in the trade. Sells locally-sourced, fully traceable meat.
Mon 7.30am-2pm, Tues-Fri 7.30am-3pm, Sat 7.30am-1pm 01223 353004
7 Derby Street, CB3 9JE, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Newnham Bakery sell a range of freshly baked goods including cakes and buns. They also sell sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks. A delivery service is available to wholesale traders. We deliver to businesses up to 15 miles.
Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Closed on tues after bank holidays. Closed for October or Nov 2014. 01223 870101
87 Church Rd, Hauxton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 5HS
Specialist organic and special diet food shop, also stocks green products and local food.
Mon-Fri 8.45am-4.15pm 01223 233201 email@example.com
Law Faculty, and Faculty of Education
Two cafés, at the Law Faculty’s Sidgewick Site, and at the Faculty of Education. Caters for conferences, events, working lunches, using local produce.
The Cambridge Cheese Company
Mon, Fri and Sat 9.30am-6pm, Tues-Thurs 10am-5.30pm 01223 328672
All Saints Passage, Cambridge CB2 3LS
Artisan cheeses, meats, olives, lunches, mail order.
The Larder at Burwash Manor
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am5pm 01223 264600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY
A regional delicatessen on a farm. Sells pork sourced directly from the surrounding Burwash Manor farm. Sells other local products including seasonal vegetables, cheese, conserves, honey, crisps, bread, rapeseed oil, vinegar.
West Newlands Industrial Park, Somersham, Huntingdon, PE28 3EB
Cakes and biscuits made using locally sourced ingredients. Also make seasonal cakes, such as light Summer Lavender Cake or an Autumn Parsnip and Hazelnut. Produce is available from farmers markets in Cambridge, St. Ives, Huntingdon and Ely.
The Urban Larder
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm 01223 212462
No.9 The Broadway, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3AH
Locally-sourced food: organic meat, pesticide-free fruit and veg, local cheeses, jams, chutneys, bread, locally-produced eggs.
Bread on a bike
Tues-Fri 07890 012631
The loaves are produced using natural wheat or rye leaven rather than added yeast and are slowly fermented for maximum flavour and nutrition. The bread is made using local flour, and all other ingredients are either organic or fair trade and local wherever possible.
Cambridge Organic Food Company
Cambridge Organic Food Company, Penn Farm Studios, Harston Rd, Cambridge, CB23 1JZ
A home delivery company, which represents a group of organic farms in the Cambridge area. They deliver fresh, locally produced and organic vegetables, fruit, bread, dairy, meat and a range of other products in the Cambridge, Huntingdon, St. Ives, St. Neots or Saffron Walden areas.
01763 243960 email@example.com
Guilden Gate, 86 North End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Herts, SG8 5PD
Veg box season runs from late Spring to Christmas. Veggie boxes made up of organic produce from the smallholding.
01223 812912 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul & Doreen Robinson, Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF
Grower-run box-scheme. Around 90% of produce is produced by Paul on the farm in Lode. Organic since 1993. Organic eggs, seasonal fruit and veg.
Woodlands Farm, Kirton House, Kirton, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 1JD
They offer organic and biodynamic vegetables, via their organic box scheme, a home delivery service covering within sixty miles of the farm.
Have Your Cake and Eat It
01480 467076 / 07920 052860
6 Elsworth Close, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5YB
Have your cake and eat it is a local celebration cake maker based in St. Ives. Providing you with scrumptious local bespoke cakes for all occasions, they only use local free range eggs, local windmilled flour, and hand-made butter!