The Peak District is a well stocked larder of scrumptious food which is often locally produced whether home-grown or home-made. With butchers, bakersdairies and deli’s offering quality local produce, gastronomes will be spoilt for choice when presented with such a rich and varied assortment.
Peak District pasture is ideal for stock rearing, some farms diversifying into rare breeds and organic practises. Scattered around are farm shops selling local meat and produce that has a flavour of the hills and a minimal carbon footprint on the land.
Farmers Markets have become increasingly common in recent years, packed with local producers offering a magical miscellany of staple foodstuffs and tasty treats. There are jars of home-made jams, preserves, pickles, chutneys and curds, all using as many locally sourced ingredients as is practical and possible, as well as hand-made chocolates, fudge and ice creams, bread, pastries, pasties and pies.
Centuries ago Derbyshire miners believed that plenty of ale produced a cure for lead poisoning. Ale houses and local brew became commonplace to cater for the demand. The popular myth may well have been proven to be false, but Derbyshire folk still appreciate a decent pint, and locally produced ales, often with amusing and unusual names, can still be found.
The Peak Districtis undoubtedly famous for its Puddings and Tarts but don’t forget Ashbourne Gingerbread, Derbyshire Oatcakes, Hartington Stilton, Derby Sage Cheese and Melandra Loaf!
There are several different ways that local producers can assure shoppers that their products are to the highest standard. The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark and Peak District Cuisine symbols being just a couple of accreditation signs to watch out for. However, word of mouth is of the utmost importance – why not sample some local produce and see for yourself why everyone is talking about it!