Week 18 - 7 places to food shop that are not supermarkets
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7 non-supermarkets food shopping options
2. Local small retailers
Use it or lose it - if you have a local butcher, baker, greengrocer, village shop, corner shop, wine seller, health food shop etc then support them with your trade. You'll probably be able to get more unusual cuts of meat at the local butcher and your fruit and veg will probably be locally produced.
3. Organic and Fair Trade shops
Supermarkets do sell fair trade and organic produce but often the choice is limited - head to specialist shops for better choice.
4. Use local Box Schemes
Have a box of fresh produce delivered to your door. Schemes exist for fruit, veg, wine, meat, fish etc and help support small scale suppliers and farmers. With veg and fruit boxes you will get the best of what is in season and in many cases these schemes will be selling purely organic produce.
5. Use your milkman
If you are lucky enough to still have milk delivered then use them - they often now sell far more than just your daily pint and include fruit juices and other non dairy products.
6. Sustainable supermarkets and cooperatives
These are community run shops run with sustainability at their core. They do not encourage overbuying with deals and discounts and allow customers to barter for food about to go out of date rather than see it wasted. Click here for more details about The People's Supermarket in London.
7. Farm shops
With many supermarkets rejecting much farm produce for not being the right shape, size colour etc and forcing down the price they pay to farmers many have opted to sell direct to the public. You will find local fresh produce in farm shops as well as a good range of locally produced items such as jams, pickles, drinks, biscuits etc. There are now also farm butchers such as Glover's Farm which we used to shop in in Hartley, Kent with the meat coming form their own farm.