Pontefract one-man food service does your weekly shop and delivers to your door
A one-man food service in Pontefract is helping to support other local businesses, by encouraging people to shop local.
Nature’s Taste, a food delivery service based in Knottingley, began last year when founder Kieran Johnson-Kerry lost his job in construction due to the pandemic.
The idea behind the group is to deliver fresh produce from local providers, such as bakers, butchers and farmers straight to the doorsteps of people of the Five Towns.
Since the first lockdown, Kieran has been working tirelessly to ensure ‘shop local’ is at the heart of his business.
Kieran said: “When Covid came about , I’d lost my job and I didn’t have a lot of money myself. I had nothing until the grants came - and then I began this.
“I saw online that nobody could get food so I set up a Facebook page and bought some produce to deliver to people who needed it.
“Originally just operated from my back garden, I set some little set deals, and it took off. Since then I’ve been able to get a warehouse to work from so I could take on more orders.
“The way I see it is that it makes shopping local more convenient, a lot of elderly people use the service so they don’t have to queue at the butchers, the bakers and then to the veg shop.
“It’s just a matter of going on the website and ordering what you need.”
Hinitt’s Bakery, in Ackworth and SNK Butchers, in Featherstone and Five Towns Desserts are among a few of the local suppliers that provide produce to Nature’s Tale.
The website comes with a ‘build your own box’ service, so service users can choose from the wide range of products including meat, fruit, vegetables, breads, pies, pantry snacks, preserves and desserts.
Kieran then creates the food boxes and delivers them directly to people’s doors.
Kieran said: “It’s nice using local suppliers over the bigger ones because of the push to shop local.
“And everything is really high quality and everything people order is prepared fresh on the same day.
“When you've got delivery scheduled, it helps that the businesses are so close so everything will be ever fresher by the time it gets to that person's doorstep.
“My advice to anyone trying to set up a business for themselves would be to build a good customer base, work hard for less and in time will come the rest."
To place an order or find out more, see Natures Taste website