Where do you buy most of your food from? What are the food shopping and restaurants like in your local area?
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I love Lewisham market it is very good value so we tend to buy most of fruit and veg from there
A year or so ago I decided to find a green grocer rather than buy shrinkwrapped stuff from the supermarket. I've found a good one who sells really fresh and high quality produce, it's changed my cooking and eating habits, it's significantly cheaper and better than the supermarket and I realise that I eat probably three times more fruit and veg than I used to.
I'm thinking we would benefit from economically priced fast food franchises which offers tastey healthy options...
I used to live near a street market that sold fruit and veg and it was great. I'd walk to it and fill up a back pack each time. Since moving to another borough and from zone 2 to zone 5/6 my choices now are supermarkets or high street greengrocer and I have to drive to them. I wont use the greengrocer because its difficult to track the cost, there is no itemised receipt and I dont trust their scales or mental arithmetic! I rarely eat out because I prefer my own, home cooked food. I know whats in it and how it has been cooked. Its also far cheaper than going out. The only take aways I have, 1 or 2 times a month is fish and chips WITHOUT added salt and vinegar.
Sadly a supermarket, our local market was decimated, we have no greengrocers nowadays.
Veg, meat and fish generally from Abel & Cole, with top up essentials such as oat milk (I'm dairy-free) and gluten free alternatives to bread and wraps from Sainsburys. However, I'd much rather be able to shop at local greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers but other than the very expensive grocer in Wimbledon Village there is little choice. I do find Abel & Cole expensive and you can't choose the portion sizes, but on the whole I prefer the fact that it comes mostly in cardboard or paper and not the acres of plastic found in supermarkets.
We've tried Lewisham, Dartford and Dalston markets over time. All OK but I have no problem buying wonky vegetables in supermarkets. What I do like to do is buy British if at all possible.
I go to a lot of trouble now to do my weekly shop to avoid packaging. I use a local milkman that I hope provides 'happy cow' milk. I buy a veg box so I only get what is in season. I go to a butchers for cheese, meat and deli in my own packaging. I bulk buy what I can and am careful what laundry and cleaning products I choose to reduce packaging. I also try to avoid packaging when I buy lunch at work - Leon, Itsu and Eat can give you warm food in your own box or else I go to the canteen. We bring our own water bottles, cups and cutlery wherever we go. We have more than halved our rubbish each week with composting and recycling. Hoping we can get to one rubbish bag a month eventually.
I would love it if I could get rice, pasta, chickpeas, etc from bulk bins at my local supermarket. And cereal too. And why does yoghurt and cream have to come in plastic and not re-usable glass like milk?!
Shops on high st eg Tesco a or sainsbury , I cycle home so can't carry much need more veg in frozen sections in store . Way too many restaurants takeaways and unhealthy food it's hard to shop for healthy food that I can afford need way more frozen options -sick of kebab pizza and chicken shops everywhere!! ,
I buy organic and fair trade products from supermarkets and especially ocado that has a good choice of locally sourced products. I also visit my local farm or go to pick up my own veg and fruit when the season allows it. I refuse to buy products that come further than Europe or when out of season. In my area farmers market are very expensive and not worth it. There are too many fast food and junk pizza places around Enfield.
Local Waitros and Morrison’s