Although the season is coming to a close, Food Link is hoping to expand its future operations to build an island-wide local food community. It is also hoped to extend the 2021 season for some producers over the Christmas period.
The aim is to play a pivotal role in the development of a healthy food economy on the island for the future with the emphasis on fresh, local and minimal environmental impact.
The van provides a vital link between Skye and Lochalsh producers and their business and domestic customers. By using one vehicle to distribute fresh produce around the area, Food Link aims to support a growing number of diverse producers and consumers by:
The hubs act as a collection point for local consumers who order and pay for their food directly from the producer in advance.
There are a small number of producers taking part this year and are expecting to expand this list as the project gains momentum:
The hub network began last year as a reaction to Covid-19 restrictions when businesses were unable to operate and local produce was going to waste through lack of movement and a drop in demand. Over the course of pandemic restrictions, the Food Link van provided a vital service in connecting domestic customers to local producers.
This year, Food Link received a generous grant from the Regional Food Fund to set up a network of permanent hubs to serve our business and domestic customers.
Some of the benefits of being a Food Link hub for a local business are:
PLEASE NOTE: Food Link producers will NOT sell directly to customers through any hubs that already stock their products.
Any business in Skye and Lochalsh wishing to become a Food Link hub is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to the growing list.
The Food Link has been supported by the Regional Food Fund which is delivered by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership with funding from Scottish Government.