The Real Economy is more than just a way to buy or sell food. It’s a food cooperative for people who care about food and our food system. We’re committed to sourcing fresh and locally produced food as directly as possible from the people who grow and make it, and to giving them a fair price for their produce. You can read more about what we are trying to do and why here.
How does the Real Economy work?
You join your local food club (contact us if there isn’t one near you) – it’s free to join, simply register on your nearest food club site. Each week you place an order with local producers using our simple online tool that is accessed through your food club page (click here to see an example shop). The producers deliver the food to our Food Hub in central Bristol, and we package up your order in reusable bags and chill pouches, and deliver it out to your local food club collection point on a Thursday afternoon. You come by and collect it, and enjoy fresh and delicious food all week.
We have a wide range of producers, from organic boxes and vegetables to farm fresh meat, sustainably sourced fish to freshly baked bread. The aim is that you should be able to do your entire weekly shop through us, and we’d love to hear from you if there are new items if you’d like us to stock.
Find a Real Economy food club near you, and join up – it’s free and quick to do. You’ll soon be tucking into to some lovely fresh food from local producers and meeting new people. If you can’t find a group, why not email us.
We have a wide range of wonderful local producers offering a variety of fresh and local produce. We also have the Real Economy Food Hub that stocks store-cupboard essentials for everyday needs. Place your order using our simple webtool.
Collect your food from your neighbourhood drop-off point at the designated times. This may be someone’s home, a cafe, or a community space. Maybe your group could use this time to swap cooking tips or have a communal meal?
This is the fun part! Spend the next few days tucking into good local food from local producers and planning what you want to eat the next time! While doing so why not have a look at what is happening with our solidarity fund here.