Christmas is the time to support local farmers

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This festive season, NFU Scotland is asking the public to support hard-working farmers and crofters – many of whom will even be working on Christmas day – and buy local.

Not only does buying local cut down on food miles, but consumers can be rest assured that farmers get the full return they deserve for the food they produce. They are also guaranteed of high quality, with traceability back to the farm, knowing that the food they are tucking into on Christmas day is the finest quality.

Visiting a local farmers’ market, a farm shop or going directly to the farmer, ensures the meat and vegetables you buy are produced to the highest of standards.

NFUS president Andrew McCornick said: ‘Our thousands of farmers and crofters work day in and day out to provide the fine Scottish produce many will enjoy over the festive period.

‘At a time of year when farmers and crofters are working hard to ensure you have food on your plate on Christmas day, what better way to support them than to buy fresh, Scottish produce.

‘Many continue to feed the beasts, milk the cows and work on the farm during Christmas day, and we’d ask consumers to show appreciation by making sure their festivities are as Scottish and local as possible.

‘This Christmas, I ask you to support your local farmers and crofters – that may be as simple as buying your sprouts from the local shop or it could be buying your turkey or beef directly from the farmer.

‘We produce a fantastic array of excellent produce to the highest of quality and Christmas day is one of the few days that we can be sure people will buy, prepare and eat fresh food.

‘So, this festive season, let’s celebrate what we do and how we do it, be thankful for each other, and buy Scottish.’