MEet Steph

foodie, writer, photographer, dreamer

I've spent the last two years living and working on farms in Canada. During this time, I formed a strong connection to the food that I ate, with most produced by myself or people I knew within a 10 mile radius of where I lived. I returned to Bristol inspired to eat locally in this city, and form connections with the food I eat. Wanting to go further than just shopping in the local organic shop, I decided to set out and meet the people who grow and produce the food I eat. I'm passionate about supporting small scale farmers and buying directly from producers where possible. This website is my journey, and the stories of the people I meet along the way.

Find out more about my freelance work here.

 
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What is local?

I drew a map with 10 and 50 mile circles on it. The freshest produce, I aim to source from within 10 miles; that's vegetables and bread. Dairy, most meat and eggs I hope will fall within the 50 mile line. Beyond that, the harder to source things such as some grains, dried produce and drinks that are available elsewhere in the UK. 

The aim is not to source all my food within these lines; it's something to aspire towards rather than a hard and fast rule. I love cooking and the food we can experience from around the world, so my aim is to identify what food is available locally and connect with the people producing it

See the full map.

 

what is good food?

I believe good food goes beyond a mere label. I aspire to eat food grown to organic standards, even if it's not accredited. Likewise, food labelled as organic can still be part of the industrial food chain and grown in large monocultures. 

A self-described 'ethical omnivore', I am passionate about whole animal dining, and reducing the amount of meat I eat. I aim to eat seasonally, enjoying the changes that different months bring.

I don't have a comprehensive list or firm criteria, I'm simply considering things on a case by case basis in relation to my own values, taking the Slow Food principles of good, clean and fair as inspiration. This is very much my own journey and personal opinions; not the 'right' or 'correct' answer.