Since we began the experiment we bought our groceries ‘locally’. Now obviously this now extends to all of the UK… as our actual locality doesn’t grow/ raise/ make etc most of what we consume.
Our greens come from either ALDI (but only British produce) or The local greens grocer. Since Aldi does do a large selection of quite cheap British meat as well, we buy our meat there. I love butcher meat… it always tastes 110% better and has very little fat… but… it generally costs more.
We know from buying/ eating butcher meat that really the cost is justified by the quality AND that meat is sourced LOCALLY locally, as in in our area not just in our country. But… its easy to get so wrapped up in the whole frugal idea that you forget quality is important as well… as is where it comes from and how its produced. This is my queue to really analyse what we’re eating again… and how we can make it… AND KEEP it as local as possible.
I was reminded of all this as I paged through my Facebook account this morning and saw postings from a local pub/ hotel photographing local businesses and telling everyone to keep it local. “There are too many empty shops in Redcar please show your support for local business by buying local where you can.” So true. Our town isn’t the only one like this now…. even the charity shops are starting to leave… that’s not a good sign!
Perhaps we need to get our local butt into gear… back to butchers, green grocers and local stores…. and planning for our edible garden… or at least pots while we wait for our top soil to materialise. Need to streamline our purchases… or at least our purchasing habits!
The joy of the half term holidays is that the kids can see exactly what we do each week and can ask why we do it…. where does everything come from. Lets hope it doesn’t pour down with rain on Tuesday (shopping day).
BUT WHY LOCAL? If Aldi sells UK produced fruit/ veg and British meat why buy from local stores…
- Your local stores are important, buying locally means you’re supporting them… no support means shops will have to shut and you’ll have an empty high street. By keeping local, you are helping the local farmers, growers and food producers to maintain a living standard. In our ever changing and unstable world we need to rely less on imported food!
- Buying Local is ”MILES BETTER” … the trucks and lorries that trek the produce across the country burn fuel and harm the environment… increasing dioxide emissions and contributing towards global warming.
- Local stores usually sell local and seasonal produce… which means you get the best possible product for your money…. mmmm finger licking fresh. The further food travels, the longer it spends in transit. Resulting in the decline of vitamin and nutritional values.
- Because the produce has less distance to travel it needs fewer (if any) preservatives…. this can also mean no cold storage… straight from farm to shop to plate. The added benefit of this is the produce is picked when ripe and not before!
It may cost a little more at the butchers and we may have to walk a little farther for our fruit..but… is it really more important to save pennies…OR TO SAVE OUR LOCAL STORES?
Think of all the times you popped out to buy bread and milk at a pricier store because of weather or you just couldn’t be bothered to go ALLLLL the way to the cheaper store…. how much money could you have saved by now if you had just gone to the cheaper store?
Equally our supermarkets and budget stores are closer than the town and local stores… but if we shop at the shops instead.. are we responsible for the closure of our high streets?