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Fruit & veg

Eating a more plant-based diet is the best way to reduce your food carbon footprint, but you can be even more sustainable by choosing local, seasonal produce that is grown in a planet-friendly way. Buying loose fruit and veg also eliminates the need for plastic packaging.

Our top tips for fruit and veg are:

Shop local and seasonal.

The East Neuk Market Garden is a small-holding based at Bowhouse, St Monans, which grows vegetables using agroecological and organic principles. You can sign up for a weekly veg bag, or buy their produce at David Lowrie fishmongers in St Monans, the Pittenweem Hub, the Elie Deli, Bowhouse weekend markets or the Veg Shack @ Bowhouse. You can also buy online using the Bowhouse Link.

Ardross Farm Shop and Greens in Crail also stock local, seasonal produce. Invest in some reusable produce bags like these ones from the Plastic Free Shop.

Pillars of Hercules in Falkland will deliver veg boxes from their organic farm to locations throughout Fife.

Grow your own food.


Competent gardeners can produce the equivalent of 35 tonnes of food per hectare from gardens and allotments, whilst generating zero food miles, zero packaging and zero or minimal pesticide use. Allotments also have the highest insect diversity of any urban habitat, including urban nature reserves   .

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