The Open Food Network


Now here’s a good idea. 

Open Food Network – is an online community that puts food producers (of all types) in touch with wholesalers, food shops, and communities. Currently there are over 1,200 producers in the scheme and over 600 shops in the UK, and it is a growing global movement.

Local food online

It works collectively rather than competitively through online shops, buying groups, regional networks, food collectives and food hubs.

Individual communities can bring together producers and shoppers into an online ‘farmers’ market’ to create a resilient local food economy. The Network offers training and experiences exchanges so that all can develop within the system.

OFN UK is part of a global network of people building fairer, more resilient food systems. It facilitates group coaching and gatherings to enable food enterprises to learn from each other and exchange experience.

OFN also offers online training, blogs and resources in marketing, accounting and more, to help food enterprises develop the skills they need to succeed in this challenging sector.

This page outlines some of the options for producers to sell online direct to shoppers and buyers; for retailers to set up online shopfronts; for community groups to set up buying groups and food hubs; and for wholesalers to link to the growing Network.

Join the local food movement

In order to expand the local food system, we need to start by supporting the good food businesses that are already here.

Local food news from our blog

Three High Street Bakers

Most of us in Lincolnshire, most of the time, consume uniform baked products, produced on an industrial scale by workers we will never meet. But it’s not the only choice available to us. We went to meet three highly skilled and passionate bakers, who are baking fresh each day on Lincoln High Street. It’s a […]

Market gardeners

Fringe Farming

For fruit and vegetable crops – I’m talking the 7-a-day stuff that most of us need way more of in our diets – it’s a completely different story. 

Just a few acres, with polytunnels or glasshouses require constant tending, and can employ numerous people doing skilled, interesting, rewarding, socially useful jobs. 

Fruit and vegetables don’t necessarily need much processing before they reach our plates. We want to eat them fresh – the fresher the better! 

It would make sense, then, that the most labour intensive, perishable, unprocessed foods are grown in close proximity to urban areas.

We Won Bronze!

Greater Lincolnshire has become the latest place to win a prestigious Sustainable Food Places award. The award recognises Greater Lincolnshire Food Partnership’s work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food and to tackle some of today’s greatest social challenges, from food poverty and diet-related ill-health to the disappearance of family farms and the loss of […]


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