The Peak District National Park Authority tries to recognise businesses that go out of their way to contribute to the well being of the park. The Authority does this by awarding businesses who fulfill criteria the option of displaying the environmental quality mark on their business.
To be awarded the environmental quality mark businesses must first ensure that their activities support the local economy. The second criterion is that businesses help protect the environment at both a local and global level, and finally, businesses must invest in people and communities. A number of food and drink retailers fulfill these criteria which ensure customers that by purchasing from these respective businesses they are contributing to the well being of the park as a whole. Businesses providing environmentally friendly food and drink range from butchers, to restaurants and bakers.
Those looking for professional caterers which carry the environmental quality mark may wish to consider Gourmet Express. Gourmet Express can provide food for a range of different events from barbeques to weddings. They also provide a wide range of ready meals which consist of a number of British classics from Fish Pie to Casseroles. The company uses locally sourced foods as much as possible as well as producing additive free ready meals. Gourmet Express is the perfect choice for those who wish to help the Peak District whilst eating tasty food.
One of the best choices for gourmet cuisine which is ethical to the Peak District is Fischer’s restaurant located in Baslow hall. Fischer’s restaurant serves a wide range of food, which is sourced from both the Peak District and the UK as a whole. The restaurant also caters for wedding parties and private functions.
Those who are looking to purchase their meat at source should look no further than the environmental quality mark awarded Fernyford farm. Fernyford Farm can be found in open countryside on Reapsmore which is between Warslow and Longnor. All of the animals on the farm graze freely in the Peak District and are reared according to traditional methods used for centuries by Peak District Farmers. The farm specialises in selling high-quality rare breed meats, which are from animals that have been treated according to high welfare standards. The farm is also a working farm and visitors can witness a number of aspects of farm life such as the sheering of sheep.
Beechenhill Farm specialises in providing organic meat. All goods produced on the farm are done so in a way which ensures only natural fertilizers and feeds are used. Owners of the farm are particularly passionate about the quality of their food as well as the level of customer service that they provide. The farm also provides accommodation for visitors. A range of foodstuffs is available on the farm ranging from eggs and bacon to organic milk.
One of the best places for cooked meats and ready to eat pies is the Castlegate Farm Shop. The shop specialises in producing a range of pies, pasties, and sausages which are all produced on the farm itself. The farm shop also comes highly recommended by those who have visited it.