We live in a world where the supermarket is the most convenient way to do a weekly shop, which is excellent for the bottom line of the multi-billion pound corporation, but not always great for the environment or the farmers who provide most of the supplies.
Farm shops and local fruit and vegetable shops have been springing up all over the UK, and it’s been fabulous for farms, and buyers too.
The premium prices usually paid to supermarkets reach the farms and shop owners instead – where it should go in the first place.
Of course, it’s not easy for everyone to switch from the ultra-convenience of the supermarket, even more, when the prices of a whole shop can be very friendly to those on a budget.
But where you can, it is an excellent idea to buy some directly from the suppliers themselves and support the industry as a whole.
It might not be a singular shop in the high street; instead, you might be one of the lucky villages or cities that can enjoy a farmers market.
The freshest and most crunchy fruits and vegetables are available from farm shops and your greengrocers. The supermarket supplier process can mean that much of the fruit and vegetables arrive from abroad – which is quite a long journey, even with the most streamlined imports.
Most farm shops, including those online, are shipped faster and arrive as fresh as possible.
Farm fresh is the best you can get for almost everything, so it is worth the trip to those like Poplar Nurseries.
While farms are businesses, most often, they have a family at the heart of the operation. The agribusiness supports family farmers, and the best way to make sure you have farms for years to come is to support them by buying their produce.
Farmers see a much better return when they can sell directly to the consumer, cutting out the middlemen.
There is no denying how lovely it is to be able to buy strawberries and other fruits and vegetables all year round. But, sometimes the methods used to grow them out of season, or import them, aren’t as eco-friendly as we might like.
Seasonal produce that has grown more naturally throughout the year is more flavourful and suits the time of year better. Since we have so much readily available, we are out of touch with the seasons and what products should be available to us.
When we buy in a seasonal pattern, we can look forward to the best mushrooms, apples, pumpkins and asparagus in the right season—a real treat.
To understand the seasons, you can start to grow some of your own veggies too, check out 5 Beginner’s Tips For Growing Your Own Vegetables.
Most often, the food we buy will have a package, and on that package, we will see its origin. But that doesn’t mean we know where it has been up until it is in our hands.
When you shop at a farm shop, you can typically ask the person you buy from where it has come from. The answer is usually a few miles down the road, perhaps a little bit further.
Knowing where your food comes from can make you feel great about cooking it.
Buying local cheese, fruits, meat, and more is excellent for the economy and supports farm businesses in the best way – so when you can, try to buy a few items.
For an extra treat – head to the farm restaurants and enjoy the real farm to table experience.
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