On Monday I went to Border Berries with the kids just outside St Boswells and picked raspberries and strawberries. It made me reflect as a child growing up in Glasgow I loved berries but always got them from the supermarket and unlike my kids never had the joy of picking them fresh. This made me realise that before moving to the Scottish Borders I was the same about meat my parents bought from the supermarket so I did too. I even carried this on when we moved to St Boswells despite the fact there is a wonderful Butchers opposite us. It wasn’t till my first maternity leave that I discovered the joys of the local butcher and now very rarely buy in the supermarket. In fact rather than have a treat from Marks and Spencers these days I would rather treat myself to something in the butchers from chicken and rosemary kebabs, maple syrup bacon steaks or just a really great steak.
In fact I avoid the supermarket where possible and have done so for the last few years when the economy meant we had to be more careful with spending and the less I go the less I miss it and when I do venture the lack of innovation and local produce always stands out for me. However in this I make an exception Booths the North West of England supermarket is a delight and joy with lots of local food and produce and even its microwave section is full of locally made products. Its a shame that Booths practice is not followed by others. When I am in a different area I do want to try their local produce from meat to cheese not just what I can get at home.
I do believe that this current economic recession has made us evaluate aspects of our lives and for me that is where possible cooking with local produce and food that is in season and its so much more tasty. Now I could start on the joys of growing your own veg but I will leave that to another post!