Coronavirus (COVID-19) - More than 100 businesses sign up to be part of new food directory to show where you find huge range of local produce

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More than 100 local businesses have already signed up to be part of our online directory of food and drink businesses during the Covid 19 period.

It lists producers who are growing and processing local food and drink, and independent retailers who sell local food.

READ MORE: ACCESS THE FOOD DIRECTORY HERE

Local producers, bakers, butchers, pizza makers, farm shops are among the suppliers offering an extraordinarily huge variety of produce as they continue to safely operate at this time.

We’re encouraging as many businesses as possible to get involved. If we’ve missed you and you wish to be included, please complete the survey below as the guides will be continually updated during the pandemic.

South Somerset Food and Drink Directory Survey

Cllr John Clark, portfolio holder for economy, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has placed a number of restrictions on businesses to protect public safety and reduce the risk of infection. Many businesses have had to turn to online sales or takeaway deliveries following the closure of pubs, restaurants and shops.

“As such, they really are still providing a positive service to customers and we should be proud of them. The aim of our directory is to provide a guide for residents to where they can find excellent local produce and support local businesses.”

Councillor Sarah Dyke, portfolio holder for the environment who spearheaded the creation of the directory, said: “This is a brilliant guide to the local produce which is available and it plays an important environmental role too.

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“As well as stimulating the local economy, the directory will help to reduce the amount of food bought into the region reducing traffic and food miles, helping to reduce our environmental impact which is one of the key ambitions of South Somerset District Council.

“There are some absolutely brilliant and skilled foodmakers across our district and we will do all we can to promote them not only during the Coronavirus pandemic – where they’re performing an important service - but also after the crisis.

“We want to help connect some of these outstanding artisan businesses with residents who may not even have known they existed and create a lasting relationship where communities realise they can get great food right on their doorstep.”

We’ve split our directories into our four areas – West, East, North and South.

Home-cooked breakfasts, cupcakes, Indian meals, edible flowers, cider, cheese, mushrooms, pub grub and so much more is all on the menu in our guide to the produce on offer across the district.

To see the directories and the map, please visit - https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/south-somerset-food-drink-directory-during-covid-19

We’re also encouraging all those involved to continue to operate safely and we’ve produced these simple guidelines to help:

Food and drink retailers

Food and drink retailers need to avoid crowding and create adequate spacing between individuals.

Effective measures to support this will vary by store and location but could include:

  • monitoring the number of customers within store and limiting access to avoid congestion
  • implementing queue management systems to limit crowds gathering at entrances and maintain the 2 metres distance
  • reminding customers to only buy what they need

Public Health England (PHE) supports measures to allow safe privileged access to elderly and essential workers such as NHS and Social Care staff.

READ MORE: Learn more about the SSDC wellbeing hub

Takeaways and restaurants offering a pick-up service

Customers should be encouraged to order online, by app, or by phone.

Customers waiting to order or collect should wait in a designated area where a 2-metre distance from other people can be maintained. If this is not possible, customers should enter the premises one at a time and only when their order is ready to be made or collected.

Collection times should be staggered to discourage crowding outside the premises. Where queuing is taking place, you should use queue management systems to maintain a 2-metre distance between people.

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NOTE: South Somerset District Council does not endorse any of the businesses in the directory. It is providing this information for residents to make their own choices. Residents can use the Food Standards Agency website to check food hygiene ratings.

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