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Self-catering holidays are wonderful experiences. Besides storybook locations, luxury amenities and the perfect feeling of escape from everyday life, they can also be a great time to sample fresh local food and produce.

Of course, when spending time in a holiday cottage in Dorset, you can visit any number of fine restaurants and seaside cafés for a nice meal. You can also look through the stalls of many of the area’s great farmers’ markets for recently picked vegetables, fresh meats and cheeses to enjoy in your temporary home.

Another great way to enjoy the tastes of Dorset is to have the food brought right to your cottage door. Here are some great food delivery services, including fruit and veg boxes and online butchers, that will deliver locally sourced food right to you:

Riverford Organic Farmers

Originally started in Devon, Riverford supplies farm fresh food to people all over the UK. They offer customers a wide selection of food for delivery. You can choose recipe boxes that allow you to cook complete, organic fresh meals on your own. There are vegetarian, quick meals, and lovely seasonal dishes to choose direct from Riverford. Besides the complete meals, they also supply vegetable, fruit and meat-only boxes to you.

For more information on food choices or to place an order, visit their website.

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My Veg Box

My Veg Box is a Bournemouth-based company that was created by two friends over 12 years ago. They were both passionate about eating organic food and wanted to spread that passion. They offer organic vegetable boxes, fruit boxes or a mixture of both. The company uses recycled shipping materials and delivers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Their delivery charge is only £1.30 per delivery.

Contact the company for details on their delivery area and conditions.

The Big Four Supermarkets

Getting your groceries delivered to your home has become more and more popular as our world has been digitally enhanced. Here in the UK, the major supermarket chains have been increasing their online and delivery services to meet customer needs. For travellers to Dorset holiday cottages, you can choose from your own personal favourites and have the foods and goods you are most familiar with delivered right to your cottage.

Here is more information on all their services:

ASDA – Weymouth, Poole and BournemouthMorrisons – Bridport, Weymouth and Blandford ForumSainsbury’s – Dorchester, Weymouth, Poole and BournemouthTesco – Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth

Waitrose Bridport

The national supermarket chain is known for its high-quality products. They will also deliver food to you from their Dorset location in Bridport. They offer an extensive recipe section to help you decide what to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner whilst on holiday. With a large online shop and convenient delivery service, Waitrose is sure to have all the foodstuffs you need to make your time and meals memorable.

Details of their Bridport store can be found here.

Cedar Organic

This family-run farm is located on the Isle of Purbeck. Its location is perfect for rearing quality livestock. Cedar Organic is best known for its meat boxes, including beef and lamb. You can also purchase fresh eggs from the farm.

To get all details on buying fresh meat from Cedar, contact them here.

Dike & Son

This family-run business has been serving the people of Blackmore Vale since 1851. They supply produce from a network of more than 100 local growers, butchers and artisan bakers. Dike & Son take pleasure in offering a number of locally inspired menus and recipes. They can provide complete meals and catering as well. Pets’ needs, baby supplies and newspapers are available.

For more information on their delivery area and policies, please visit their website.

Clipper Teas

Whether at home or on holiday, nothing relaxes you or sets you up for the day like a cup of tea. Clipper Teas may be a local company, but they ship their products everywhere, and quickly. You can choose from everyday teas, green teas, infusions, and even hot chocolate and coffee. Clipper was started locally in Beaminster in 1984 and became the country’s first Fairtrade tea company. They started selling their teas nationally in the late 1990s.

Goldhill Organics

Local growers for over 25 years, this company was started in 2013 in order to provide fresh produce to the entire region. They specialise in providing a variety of fresh produce boxes. Fruits, vegetables and fresh meats are all available from Goldhill. They also offer an extensive larder including tea, coffees, rice and grains. To suit unique tastes, they also allow customers to swap and trade for certain preferred produce. For a special treat, they also offer fresh products to make nutritious and healthy juices.

To enjoy this fully organic treat delivered to your door, please contact them via their website.

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Montanas Online

This is a great online grocery service that delivers across the region. Montanas Online Store will deliver a wide range of baby products, fresh bakery items, butchered meats and more. They also have items for your pets. If you’re enjoying a cottage holiday over the Christmas period, they even have a special Christmas section that has all the festive favourites, including cranberry sauce, mince pies and a selection of cheeses.

Montanas offers free delivery as well. For more information, please visit their website.