I wish I was better at shopping locally. Supermarkets are just too convenient (tantrum-ing small children, crowds, trolley rage and christmas music aside).
I decided not to buy toys at the supermarket and drove a 7 mile round trip to an independent toy shop, to get a stash of presents for parties. The shop was tiny and the woman very chatty. I never been in the shop when there’s been another customer and I do wonder if she gets lonely. She was very helpful. Really, really helpful and I brought a puzzle I didn’t really want.
My intentions are to use the supermarket less have been helped by our school run. We pass a really good green grocers. Sadly, I am not one of those people who can taste the difference in organic carrots vs. normal carrots. I don’t eat meat so veg is important. Mr Noo says the green grocer vegetables do taste better, but the carrots don’t last as long as the ones from the supermarket and I wonder why. I now get all our veg there. Much of it is locally sourced and there’s a seasonal emphasis. The staff are knowledgeable and have a stock of cook books for browsing and inspiration.
I do love bread. In the last few weeks a mere moments walk from our house is an ‘artisan’ bakery has opened. Fresh bread baked in the shop. I’m fond of bread with herbs and olives in it. I’ve been introduced me to raisin and thyme bread and fig and walnut. Saturday mornings have become about warm loaves of bread and I’ll be very sorry to say goodbye to it.
Do you shop local?