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SHOP LOCAL FOR LENT

February 13, 2013

In light of all the food scandals coming to light at the moment I’m sure many people are thinking twice about where to buy their meat.

Meat and fish purchases were the biggest driver for us turning supermarket free last year. We were already drifting back to the butchers we used for high days and holidays more and more and it just seemed sensible to get all our meat from a reliable source all the time. They know our name, we have a chat, he recommends best cuts and the right size joints for a gathering.

Heathcotes Butchers

Heathcotes Butchers

So I was encouraged to see the launch on Twitter of an initiative to get others to give up something for Lent – not something most people enjoy like the usual chocolate or wine – but supermarkets.

Lent

Lent

I’ve always said I appreciate being supermarket free doesn’t work for everyone but if just a little bit of your shopping changes to independents it’s better for you, your community and your children too.

Like many young mums my daughter doesn’t have access to a car during the week. She walks all over the place but the independent butcher, greengrocer and little Co-op all disappeared from where she lives some years ago. A Tesco Express opened on what used to be an agricultural wholesaler (it was then a car sales forecourt) and so that has become a handy place for her to call for essentials. She teases me about my foodie evangelism. But now even she is asking for advice on where and what to buy in the way of meat. A revolution against poor quality food is growing.

A favourite local farm shop asked customers to let them know of any elderly people unable to get out in the recent snow – and offered to take essential supplies round! How many supermarkets would do that.

Charlie and Debs at Prestbury Farm Shop

Charlie and Debs at Prestbury Farm Shop

So every good luck to @local4lent the Campaign started by @zanaoconnell and @charliegeorge1 – challenging people to give up supermarkets for lent and shop local instead.

Let’s hope they enjoy the experience so much that some new habits will stay – the butcher, baker, fishmonger, cheese stall owners etc will all be very happy.

If anyone needs any help or advice I’m more than happy for them to contact me.

Let’s get this food revolution growing!

Farm Shop

Farm Shop

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