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Alice Whitehead meets the coffee lovers behind Newdigate business Coffee Real and finds out why they are so committed to producing a top quality coffee

Toby Drought is a man on a mission: as founder of ‘Love For Local’ – which sells and distributes food from selected South East producers direct to farm shops, delis, cafes and pubs – he’s dedicated to supporting British food producers and farmers and getting more of the good stuff to a great shop near you. Here, we uncover why he’s so committed to spreading the love for local.

Wednesday 2 May 2012 was an auspicious day for foodies across the South East, as was officially launched at Priory Farm Shop in South Nutfield.

All too often, the asparagus on offer in our shops are imported from places like Peru and are bigger on carbon footprint than they are on flavour. British asparagus is hailed by chefs as the best in the world. Our climate allows the stems to develop slowly, producing a full, sweet flavour and a fine, tender texture.

The second part of our article gives another five compelling reason why we should all support local.

At Local Food Surrey, we love local. And the more we meet the lovely people of Surrey who work their socks off to produce fantastic local food and drink, the more we want to support them. So join us as we dish up our reasons why you should shop local

It’s around 40 years since some enterprising Surrey farmers first tentatively opened their gates to customers eager to pick their own crops. The concept was already proving successful in America, when a few British pick your own pioneers to test the market and the rest, as they say, is history.

The story of the Bramley started with a chance planting 200 years ago, in 1809. A little girl called Mary Ann Brailsford took some pips from apples her mother was preparing and sowed them in her Nottinghamshire garden.

Are you dreaming of a “White” Christmas? Or a “Bronze” one? When it comes to turkeys, you may not have weighed up the merits of one type over another, but most of us who invest hard-earned cash in our most popular Christmas bird care about whether the end result is tasty and tender or a big disappointment.

Local potatoes are available at many Surrey farm shops and greengrocers, in all their filthy glory. But what sets a King Edward apart from a Duke of York, or a floury from a waxy? ALICE WHITEHEAD digs around Britain to find the über tuber.