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Landscape creates communities, and the diverse terrain of Dartmoor National Park is home to some of the best local produce in the UK. Almost everything about this last wilderness has been decreed by its terrain; from the hardy cattle grazing all year on the high moors, to the mineral-rich Dartmoor spring water from the soft verdant valleys.
We love our food on Dartmoor - and so we should. We pride ourselves on supplying some of the finest produce in the world. Our rolling wild landscape reflects freshness, quality and variety. Fresh and local are two words you’ll often hear to describe the food available here today. There’s meat, fresh from the moors around Princetown, fish, fresh from the trout farm at Tavistock, and fruit and vegetables picked early morning in the verdant fields around the villages.
We’re also pretty good at cooking. Having great ingredients helps, but on Dartmoor you’ll discover innovative cookery by award-winning chefs using quality local produce and you can even learn to cook at one of the UK's top cookery schools here in Ashburton. Our producers sell at farmers markets, as well as in local shops and farm-gate sales. Wherever you visit on Dartmoor you will see evidence of our ancient traditions on our unique landscape still being used today in our humane farming methods.
Explore some of the links below to find out more about our produce grown on Dartmoor and our local food events, especially our annual Food Festivals across the moor and our Farmers Markets held weekly in our villages and small towns. Our butchers can show you the provenance of any of our Dartmoor meat, many of our bakeries bake from scratch, we have award-winning Delicatessens and Fish Deli's and old-fashioned independent Green-grocers selling our Dartmoor produce. We are a proud community and our food and drink matters.
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