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Stuff this weekend

June 12, 2010

Just got home from an open day at The People’s Supermarket (followed by some wandering/shopping around Bloomsbury. I now have hot pink nail polish. For some reason. And a shiny new free phone.). It sounds like a really exciting initiative – ambitiously calling itself a “supermarket revolution” that will “change the way we buy food”, it seems to be a bit like a co-op, a bit like a CSA and a bit like a supermarket. Anybody can just go in and buy stuff, but you can sign up to be a member and in exchange for £25 and volunteering to do shifts, you get discounts and a say in how it’s run. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops, as I know a lot of CSAs find it difficult to sustain enthusiasm for working on farms, with people preferring just to buy vegetables. Understandably, but eating more sustainably requires changing how we produce and buy food, as well as what we buy. Somewhat hypocritically, in light of that, I’m not sure if I’m going to join yet – it’s 5 minutes from uni, so if I end up shopping there a lot I’ll definitely consider it – but I am tempted by the bargainous muesli and tasty-looking veg.

One thing I really liked about it was that it still sells ‘normal’ things. So you had artisan Somerset goats’ cheese (or similar…) nestling alongside Babybel, and Marmite and Fairly Liquid as well as knobbly lemons with the leaves still on. It didn’t have that ‘I have a lot of money and am terribly, terribly worthy’ vibe to it, unlike other organic food shops. In Bloomsbury. Which shall remain nameless. The prices seemed very reasonable, bearing in mind that there are sound reasons why proper food often costs more – nothing eye-wateringly expensive, and the milk and free range eggs were refreshingly cheap. Also, huge fresh bouquets garnis for only 50p!! I picked up some bits and bobs, including fruit for Pimm’s for tomorrow’s foodie barbecue… And they said I couldgo back and leave some leaflets about the Master Gardener programme – yay for community foodie stuff.

Of course, the litmus test will be whether the tomatoes are tasty. =) I’ll let you know after dinner.

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And tomorrow I’m going here to look around a walled kitchen garden that isn’t normally open to the public. I spent my childhood moaning about being dragged round this kind of place, and am now doing it entirely voluntarily. Successful parental indoctrination, clearly.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2010 1:41 am

    The Somerset cheese wasn’t goat’s cheese–it had a cow on it. It was soft and delicious.

    • Hannah permalink
      June 14, 2010 11:48 am

      Ah, my mistake. Glad it was tasty. =)

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