I do hope I'm not boring people with my continuing rants about fresh vegetables here in the UK?
I stopped at one of the local farm shops a few days ago (Rimmer's, opposite Dobbies, for those who know the area). Large shop area with a small fancy display in the middle, nothing to excite me - less than my tiny local fruteria in Torremolinos had crammed into their shop every morning (fresh from the market in Málaga) and nothing that I can't buy in the supermarkets cheaper (albeit with loads of unnecessary packaging). But individually priced
I fail to see that these places are anything more than a gimmick. I'm not going to waste time and fuel (and pollute the atmosphere) just to buy direct from the farm (if in fact it is anyway).
One good thing (ish) - parsnips! A rare treat in Spain, basically only ever available at Christmas, and according to our local fruteria, only bought by the Brits! Far cheaper here: 59p for a 500gm pack in Asda. But WTF? No complaint about the price, but that's literally FIVE parsnips per pack. I know it's a question of lifestyle and personal choice, but we almost always cook meals to last a few days, so we cooked two
packs of parsnips, creating two
unnecessary pieces of waste plastic to be disposed of. Who cooks just five parsnips? Amazingly, on the package it says "six portions". It also says that one
portion equals one of your five a day. So....less than one parsnip per person for a meal? And less than one parsnip for one of your five a day? I must have had about 17 of my daily five already then, and it's still only 11 o'clock! (I've had at least three in the form of orange juice alone) And unlike most of the people I see around here, I'm not
We're gradually finding where to buy everything we need, but we're still
finding the ridiculously small packaging utterly bizarre. I'm actually pining for the US, where everything was supersized!