Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shopping Locally



I try to shop locally wherever I can and although I still spend my fair share in supermarkets, trips to our local butcher, vegetable man and bakeries account for a good portion of my food budget.  I also love going to the farmer’s market, which comes to our village the second Saturday of every month. 

Sadly our farmer’s market is attracting less and less stall holders, probably because so many independent producers are being crowded out by the big guys, but the regulars still turn up including a wonderful plant stall, two independent bakers, the egg lady who sells free range eggs collected only hours before and two vegetable stalls, one of which specialises in special seasonal produce. 

On Saturday I got asparagus, strawberries and raspberries from that stall, and in a few weeks’ time they’ll have amazing cherry tomatoes in every colour under the sun, and maybe even some heirloom tomatoes if I’m lucky.  I also carrots from the other vegetable stall - real carrots with tops on that bring to mind Bugs Bunny and the carrot sticks my Mom used to cut with a wiggly cutter.


I got a flat of 2 dozen fresh, free range eggs for half the price they cost in the supermarket, and I also got some great plants from the plant stall for my flower garden.




Old fashioned hollyhocks, great big dahlias and even some foxgloves all came home with me.  They also do amazing planted baskets - I got some beautiful ones from them in the Spring.

If you don’t make a habit of it already, it is well worth checking out your local farm shop, farmer’s market and local independent producers.  It may take a bit more time, but it will definitely save you money and the freshness and quality can’t be beat! 





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