Business booming for online delivery service supplying Peak District food and drink
With big gatherings in the Peak District currently ruled out by public health restrictions, a Derbyshire company is offering to deliver a flavour of the region to people’s homes instead.
Saucedhere.co.uk says customers are turning to its services to lift the spirits of friends and family whose plans have been disrupted by the new ‘rule of six’, which limits in-person gatherings.
Mitzi Hodgetts was due for an annual meet-up in the Peak District with a group of friends, but made the difficult decision to stay at home.
She said: “This year it was our 60th birthday celebrations and we were supposed to get together in Bakewell but of course we now can’t.”
Instead, Mitzi couriered a local food hamper to each of her friends using the online shop, which sources more than 1,000 products from 40 Peak District farmers, food and drink producers and local businesses.
She said: "The food from the Peak District is amazing so a hamper felt like a nice way to make up for what we were missing.”
The business says it has seen a strong uptake from other people seeking new ways to link up safely which not only helps grow a feeling of togetherness but supports our local farmers too.
Luke Osborne, founder of Sauced Here, said: “It has been really heartwarming to send these hampers out and to add the personal messages requested by our customers.
"Things are so hard for people at the moment. I feel immensely proud that we can help them reach out to one another.”
He added: "Going out into the Peak District to collect gorgeous food directly from producers and then delivering it to the lucky recipients feels pretty special.”
While potential visitors may be rethinking their plans, businesses which benefit from tourism are keen to stress there are plenty of ways to spend a fun day out or short stay in the county.
Tourist board Marketing Peak District and Europe launched a new staycation campaign this week and chief executive Jo Dilley said: “The Peak District and Derbyshire has so much to offer in autumn and winter.
"Planning a staycation and discovering the sheer quality and diversity of what’s on the doorstep will help to extend the holiday season and support our valuable visitor economy.”
To browse Peak District produce, go to https://saucedhere.co.uk.