In addition to all the locations where you can search for local produce there are also some places that specifically give information about organic farmers and suppliers.
The Soil Association has developed a website for processors looking for specific ingredients, and you can use this to search for producers in your region by searching for specific products such as apples.
Lists of organic licensees
The Soil Association also has comprehensive lists of certified organic farmers, growers, wholesalers, etc. on a county, regional or national basis.
Organic producer marketing groups
Many food producers understand the advantages of getting together with other local farmers and growers and forming marketing groups. This means they can ensure greater continuity of supply throughout the year, greater quantity of food, and a wider variety of products. These marketing groups are often able to supply food co-ops, as well larger markets such as schools, hospitals, caterers and restaurants. For example:
- Somerset Organic Link http://www.somersetorganiclink.co.uk/
For a list of organic producer groups contact the food and farming department of the Soil Association on 0117 914 2400.
Organic fruit and vegetable wholesalers
Some fruit and vegetable wholesalers sell a small amount of organic produce but there are also a number of wholesalers across the country that specialise in only supplying organics. These include:
Organic wholefoods and other products are also available from all the large wholefood wholesalers.
The Soil Association are working in partnership with Sustain and can provide further advice about where to buy organic produce - to find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org