Spoilt for choice

My daughter had asked if I could give her a lift to school yesterday morning. She is really shattered at the moment, getting used to the two mile walk there and the two mile walk back. No doubt I will feel the same when I eventually return to face-to-face teaching!

Anyway, as I would be getting the car out, I decided to go on a little adventure. A few weeks previously, I’d got slightly lost and ended up driving through the main street of a small town called Garforth, just east of Leeds. Whilst the street looks a bit shabby, it did also have one or two shops of note, which I aimed to explore.

The main attraction was a zero waste shop. Hurray, yet another business which is at least moving in the right direction. About half the wares were in fact goods rather than food (which came loose). However, I bought a new wooden (sustainably sourced) brush for scrubbing vegetables and floss sticks from recycled plastic, partly because I need them and partly to encourage the business.

Next door but one was a greengrocer’s, where I had a more fruitful experience. Not only did they sell a large range of fruit and vegetables, the provenance of each was clearly displayed. Thus, it was easy to make a choice based on ‘air miles’ and heated greenhouse. Indeed, sometimes they were even British and in season (eg pears, which must have been stored overwinter).

Unfortunately, the hunger gap continues, so when I turned to my local organic farm to pick up this week’s share of vegetables, I was greeted with spring cabbage, bolted Chinese leaf, lettuce, potatoes and wild garlic. That is actually quite a lot of stuff in terms of volume but I’m going to have trouble feeding it to my child.

That said, I have persuaded her that wild garlic is great in butter. It might be green but garlic bread it still makes. In fact, I could have made rather a large amount of this butter, had I chosen. In comparison with my own wild garlic, at the farm, not only is there copious amounts of it, but the plants are impressvely tall and robust.

Look how big the wild garlic is – handbag placed for comparison.
How’s this for a back garden? The bluebells are coming into flower, as you might just about be able to see.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to Spoilt for choice

  1. zero waste shop looks a good idea. The walk should do your daughter good

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    That does sound like a hard selection of veg to make appealing to children

  3. My older son was a fussy eater. Now he’s up for trying all sorts of new things. I think it takes time. The garlic sounds enticing. I’m so glad you stumbled upon a new and wonderful shop.

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Wild garlic is a real treasure and anything that gets green stuff into kids is good!

  5. gaiainaction says:

    Wonderful discoveries Helen! The wild garlic does look huge, love the taste very much, I just harvested a great amount to make pesto to last in the fridge for a year I am told.

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