Farmers’ Markets: More for less

I have a regular, Andrea, at Stroud farmers’ market.

She visits the stall on most Saturdays. She lives on her own and likes to eat healthily and live sustainably. She likes to take her time, peruse and choose her weekly veg.

She comes with a ruck sack, lined with a plastic bag. She makes a collection of loose veg, only bagging when absolutely necessary (the cherry tomatoes this Saturday, for example). The veg go loose in her ruck sack. I pack them, the heaviest first.

I asked her why she shops at the farmers’ market. She said it was simple. She can select from a huge range of freshly picked, tasty organic fruit and vegetables in the quantities she wants. She doesn’t have to accept the pre-packaged quantities that the supermarkets decide is the ‘right’ amount. She doesn’t have to deal with all the additional, wasteful platic packaging either. We also normally have a chat about the veg and a bit of recipe swap, too, which she enjoys. What could be better?

Last Saturday, Angela bought 10 different fresh organic vegetables–sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, leeks, carrots, courgettes, kale, red onion, white onion, salad leaves and runner beans, all for £11.50. That is the wonderful thing about the farmers’ market.

By | 2017-09-07T16:52:34+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Newsletter|

About the Author:

I became involved with growing vegetables organically over 20 years ago and Coleshill Organics was established, initially selling less than 20 boxes mainly to friends and neighbours. I now run the business on my own from the magical walled garden in the heart of the village.