How I did it: I chose to shop at local food stores, including bakers, butchers, cheesemongers, fishmongers, greengrocers, and area farms, instead of shopping at Tesco. Read how I did it… 4 years ago
My veg box, or more precisely my reusable red and green mesh bags full of fruits and veggies, arrived today at my doorstep! I received potatoes, onion, carrots, a veggie I haven’t figured out yet, a leek, beetroot, 3 apples, 2 pears, and 2 bananas. In addition, I got a dozen free range eggs. I ate an apple earlier today and the freshness was amazing.
I’m going to make a nice curry tonight with my potatoes, onions, and carrots! 4 years ago
I think I’m very close to checking off this goal. I’ve reduced my purchases at Tesco to local Tayside milk, cereal, and tortillas. With the upcoming addition of my fruit and veg box, I think I can check off this goal! 4 years ago
My first veggie and fruit box is arriving next week! I get 2lb Potatoes, 1lb Carrots, 1lb Onions and a variety of seasonal veg and up to 5 pieces of fruit. I also added 12 organic free range eggs to my fortnightly delivery. With it being winter still I wonder what the fruit will be. Furthermore, I did the math and I’ll get 8 boxes and 96 eggs costing 120 pounds for February to June. Not bad price wise methinks.
I’m ordering from this farm in Abernethy, Bellfield Organic Nursery.
http://www.bellfield-organics.com/ 4 years ago
1. The local butcher is closed until mid February, which irritates me, but it’s changing management so hopefully they will have promotions and tasty new meat for me to eat.
2. I just signed up to have a box of local, seasonal veggies, fruits, and free range eggs delivered to my door every week by a nice local Fife farm through the FifeDiet program. YAY!
Now I don’t have to buy from the greengrocer’s, well except when I want bananas and figs and other non-local fruit, but I’ve been wanting to use a veg box program for a long time and now I can! 4 years ago
I bought smoked salmon from the fishmongerer today! It was expensive, but it’s from Fort William which is a few hours away and it’s some of the best tasting lox I’ve ever had!
They sell meats and caviar too. I’ll have to branch out and buy more products from them. 5 years ago
I found milk, flour, and butter at the cheesemonger today! The milk is full fat milk from Jersey. I don’t think I’ve ever had full fat milk, but I’m willing to give it a try. The flour is from a mill in Cupar, which is 10 miles away and the butter is French and perfect for cooking.
3 less things I have to buy from Tesco! 5 years ago
Milk. This is a hard one to find otherwise. We don’t have a dairy and I don’t know of any local dairy farms. I do buy the locally sourced milk from Tayside, so I might have to make peace with that.
Cereal. I suppose I could just eat eggs for breakfast or something more nutritious than Crunchy Nut, but cereal is just the easiest. Maybe I’ll check with the baker’s and see if they do granola or something similar.
Butter. Another difficult one. I have discovered that the cheesemonger, I.J. Mellis, does sell butter, 2 French ones and one Italian, but their stock is often out and I’m not sure how the french butter would be for baking. I shall have to buy some and find out myself.
Soups and stocks. I checked the butchers and they were out of stocks, but I did discover some soups in the cheesemonger’s of all places. However, I didn’t buy any. Next time I shall remember.
Yogurt: I love Fage greek yogurt and this, unlike cereal, is something I am not willing to give up.
Flour. I’ll have to check with the bakers, but I’m not too optimistic. 5 years ago
In week one I have managed to shop at the butchers, the Italian shop, and the greengrocers instead of Tesco. However, I did have to visit Tesco once in order to get milk and soap. Nowhere else in town sells milk except the gas station.
Anyway, I still need to visit the cheesemonger and the fishmonger for cheeses and fish.
This goal is going to be challenging because while Tesco is open all day every day, the local shops are not. So I must adjust my shopping schedule accordingly. I think I’ll forget the first few weeks until I get used to it, but I will succeed! 5 years ago