Supporting Independent Businesses During Covid

As the lock-down finally begins to ease shops, eateries and markets have begun the process of reopening.  At Good Food in Greenwich we always love supporting local businesses but believe it is more important now than ever.  It has been a really tough few months for small businesses and they need our support to keep trading.  Doing so will help them to ride out this period so they can continue to enrich the borough through sharing their amazing and diverse produce. 

Here are 6 ways of supporting local businesses and using this opportunity as a catalyst to change to our buying habits to ones supportive of independent traders. 

  • Buy home delivery from local suppliers. 

Since the lock-down many food businesses have moved their focus to providing home delivery services.  It’s worth looking online to see what produce can be delivered by local food suppliers.  In Greenwich The Very Green Grocer is delivering fruit and veg boxes along with other groceries.  So too is the VIllage Green Grocer in Charlton.  Ehla Street Eats has been delivering delicious Mediterranean food such as falafel throughout the lockdown.  

In Lewisham Brockley Brewery have been doing the important work of keeping South East Londoners supplied with very high quality home delivery beer over the past 3 months. 

  • Treat yourself and support a local firm 

Many restaurants and cafes are delivering food to your home at the moment.  It’s a great opportunity to support a local business while getting exceptional food delivered right to your door Klose & Soan in Deptford, for example, have been offering sensational home delivery dishes with free delivery to all South East London post codes.  What’s more, they are donating 50p from every main meal bought to Pepys Social Supermarket. 

Check out Slade Café in Plumstead too who adapted their business to supply mouth-watering deli items. 

In Lewisham the Sparrow has been delivering high end food to people’s homes as have The Blue Room.  L’Oculto is delivering deli delights and is open 3 days a week for take away food.  Finally Daun’s Deli has been supplying an amazing array of plant-based food for home delivery. 

  • Pay It Forward 

Many food businesses are offering vouchers to be spent when the lock-down is fully over.  What a great idea to offer as a present to loved ones while also supporting local businesses.  If you’ve saved any money from not going out much recently you can use this to buy a voucher to give your friends and family a real treat to look forward to. 

Jerome’s wine barGently ElephantKlose & Soan and Catford yoga House have all been offering voucher schemes during the lockdown period. 

  • Support the Good Food Community 

Lots of businesses have responded to the food crises by mobilising to offer charitable work to get food to the most vulnerable in society.  Local, independent businesses are often better placed to help those people who get missed by the larger charities.  We can help support these efforts to ensure that no-one goes hungry by donating time and money to these organisations. 

Progress Barbers for example have set themselves up as a food bank to help the local community and the Old Cottage Coffee Shop in Charlton Park has been providing meals for isolated elderly people.  

GCDA too has been at the heart of an emergency food response getting thousands of food boxes and meals to the most vulnerable in society. 

  • Share the good food word 

We want to help match the amazing produce of our local suppliers to people who want to buy them.  Often small independent shops do not have the advertising reach of larger businesses.  If you know of any local shops in the Greenwich area who could use some more public exposure let us know.  We’ll be happy to promote them.  And please shout about any businesses you love on social media so more people hear about them. 

  • Visit local markets 

With the lock-down easing one of the most enjoyable ways to shop has become possible again.  Local markets are opening up for business.   

Royal Arsenal Farmers’ Market has been supporting its traders with its delicious Market Bundles, perfect for a weekend treat for yourself or someone you love.  The bundles can be ordered through Made In Greenwich and are delivered directly to your door.  Order by midnight on Tuesday for a Friday delivery. The market reopens on Saturday 27th June with all your favourite, loyal producers and makers keen to welcome customers back.  Royal Arsenal Farmers’ Market is held every second and last Saturday of the month, 10am – 3pm in Royal Artillery Square, SE18 6ST 

Other markets to reopen are Greenwich Market which is now open on Thursday to Sundays from 10am to 4.30pm.  It, along with all the markets listed here is operating social distancing measures to keep customers and traders safe.  Blackheath Market is trading every Sunday come rain or shine from 9.30am. 

Brockley Market, Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, Lewisham Market, Monday – Saturday and Beresford Square Market, Monday to Saturday from 9am are all now open.  

Finally if you’d like to see the variety of local independent food sellers available you can also read our data base of local businesses here.