6 ways to support local this holiday season

2021 has undoubtedly been another challenging year for many. With that in mind it’s more important than ever to think about local industries and businesses, and to support those close to home (both your local community and NZ products in general) this holiday season.

Here are 6 ideas on how you can support local this holiday season:

1. Buy local food

Be it from farmers markets, local fruit and vege shops and butchers. Independent butchers have had a particularly tough time this year, having been unable to open their doors to customers in the Level 4 lockdown, and subsequently having to work under various restrictions depending on their location.

2. Purchase food and vegetables that are in season

Food that isn’t in season has generally travelled thousands of kilometres to reach our supermarkets or fruit shops. This produce is not local or sustainable — having used a lot more energy to reach our kitchens. Eating seasonal produce is also often cheaper and is a fantastic way to gain inspiration and try out new recipes and meal plans.

Check out these yummy recipes you can try right now with most of this fresh food in season now: Vietnamese Inspired Pork Noodle Bowls, Asian Style Pork Lettuce Cups.

3. Support New Zealand producers and retailers.

The easiest way to do this in store is to read the labels to check the country of origin. Be aware of labelling that reads made ‘from local and imported ingredients’. In the case of pork, the local ingredient is probably the added water!

When purchasing your Christmas ham this year, look out for the ‘PigCare born and raised in New Zealand’ or ‘100% New Zealand ham’ labels. If you are unsure, check with your butcher.

Interested in finding out more about the Farmers that bring you the yummy New Zealand pork? Click here to meet some of our NZ pig farmers.

4. Eat, drink and be merry

The hospitality industry has been doing it tough this year. To help support them in getting back on their feet (and to help you with your Christmas shopping!), why not buy someone on your gift list a voucher to their fave restaurant? If you are in a position to, get out and about and have a meal out or grab some takeaways as a treat.

5. Utilise your local retailers where possible

Yes buying online is super convenient and offers endless choices but before you go clicking away, consider if a local retailer might stock what you are after rather than buying online from a big international store. Supporting a local retailer also supports your community as a whole!

6. Spread the word about your favourite local business

Tell your friends, write reviews and post on social media. Good news travels fast and word of mouth is incredibly valuable to the success of a local business.

Now that you’ve bought your New Zealand pork and produce, check out the pork.co.nz website for loads of recipes to try out this summer!