The Supermarket or your local market stall?
Every fortnight on a Saturday morning I get ready and head to my local market to pick my fruits and vegetables.
As I walk into the market lane of which I love the atmosphere I can immediately hear George, 50 my favourite fruit trader call out to shoppers and passers by " Buy your apples and vegetables here, pound a bowl, pound a bowl all fresh, today's produce, fresh on the stall" the atmosphere in the market is always buzzing and full of life.
As I walk up to him he says " Ello darling you a'right " ? I reply good thanks George what do you have for me today? The warm reception and smile makes me giggle, he sometimes compliments me on my hair and my lipstick and I tell him that I know it's a ploy to get me to spend more money on his stall. No darling he replies "you know you're my favourite customer" ....Y eh right I reply I bet you say that to all the girls.
George hasn't lost his touch as his compliments often works a charm.
His fruits and vegetables are always fresh and he sells
- a bowl of 10 granny smiths apples
- a bowl of golden delicious apples for £1,
- a bowl of juicy red grapes for a £1,
- 6 raw beetroots for £1,
- 6 cucumbers for £1,
- 6 grapefruits for a £1,
- 4 courgettes for a £1,
- a bowl of ripe cherry tomatoes for 50p and lots more.
|Shallots, Strawberries and Courgettes at the local market|
|Cauliflower and Potatoes at the local market|
|Onions,Green-beans and Sweet Potatoes at the local market|
I must say that even though I spend a lot of money on George's stall I like to look around the market as there are also some brilliant bargains on other stalls. The other day I bought 8 avocados for £1 ..YES 8!! I was in avocado heaven if such a place exists and 3 big butternut squash for £1.50.
The highlight of last week was when I bought 3 trays of strawberries for a whooping sun of £1, thinking about it now I was so silly not to have taken a pictures as I got home and for me that was an immediate wash, bag and freeze process with my other fruits.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I love going to my local market stalls to support the traders and I get real value for my money.#Buylocal #Supportthemarkettraders
|Oranges, Apples, Bananas and Kiwis at the local market stall|
My local supermarket is great but I am never satisfied when I go there. I don't get that one to one attention from George and I meet with lifeless fruits and vegetables on the shelves.
The thought of weighing my fruit irks me especially as I pay so much for so little. Do not get me wrong the supermarket is a great place to shop for fruits and vegetables if that's your preference but it isn't for me.
The supermarket is great when I run out of my favourite fruits or vegetables and for me to quickly pop in and get my produce but for a big batch I rarely go to the supermarket. The other day I ran out of cucumbers and lemons for my infused water and I popped into the supermarket to get a cucumber and I had to pay 90p for a slim mean looking cucumber, I begrudgingly paid for it of course but kicked myself because I could see George's 6 cucumbers for £1 in my thoughts haha!!!
So what's your preference and why? Is it the Supermarket Or Market Stalls?
Let me know your thoughts.
Photo Credit: My Sister