1st Great British Food Shop

Posted by Lou on Jan 23, 2009 in Food Shopping |

Barbakan-unicorn grocerys

So today we embarked on our first British Food Shop. We decided to not to even bother with Tesco’s (other large supermarket chains are available) but to head to Chorlton to support our local shops.

Our first port of call was Unicorn, which is a worker co-operative owned shop and has 21 aches of land 14 miles away where vegetables are grown. It’s a fantastic shop and is always really busy whenever we go. However not all fruit and veg is grown locally and some is sourced ethically from different countries. We went with the thought of buying only British grown produce and we did quite well, but we did hit some problems.

We bought:

Celeriac, parsnips, carrots, apples, mushrooms, leeks and brussel sprouts (which were free) all grown in Britain. The brussels (which were free) were in fact grown in a local allotment. We were naughty and we did buy a Spanish broccoli, less said about that the better.

Anyway I digress.

We bought Weston’s Organic Cider and some lemonade from the Feel Good Drinks Company, all produced in Britain.

We had to get some tinned chopped tomatoes, which were a product of Italy, so for future reference when tomatoes are in season in Britain I think I’ll have to make some tomato sauce to freeze.

Also a selection of nuts and seeds, which were from various countries, again I’ll have to research this more.

After Unicorn we went across the road to Barbakan, an award-winning deli. They bake the bread fresh in store everyday and it’s fantastic, if not a little stressful when there is so much choice and your service number is fast approaching.

We stocked up on Longley Farm yogurts from Holmfirth, various breads and a smoked salmon quiche for tea tonight – also made fresh in store today! I know, I know, QUICHE IS NOT PART OF A DETOX, and neither is cider! I did say that I was rubbish at keeping to New Year’s resolutions :)

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