I was at a small sale in Burntisland today getting to know people, chatting and selling a few books. One conversation reminded me of one important life style change since moving to Fife. With so many small businesses on our doorstep, within walking distance or within a couple of miles, we decided early on to aim to buy locally where we could.
We buy bread and meat at our local Kinghorn bakery and butchers. Hubby has a joke with the butchers that next week is pie week.
‘Why, is it doctor’s orders?’ our friendly butcher asked today.
‘No,’ replied hubby, ‘It’s the wife’s!’
Well, even with all this walking I do have to watch our weight and health!
We buy many everyday things in our local Coop or Day stores but we are also fortunate to have a fresh fish shop, J&A Imrie Seafood Shop in Burntisland, just a couple of miles away. He takes orders too so that when mum and dad visit for the first time I will make sure I can serve fresh crab for them – dad’s favourite. We’ve been told that there’s a fish van which calls in the area where we live, but we have yet to spot it.
There’s a lovely fruit and veg shop just next door to the fishmongers in Burntisland called Macauley’s Fruit & Veg Merchant. One novelty is his ‘soup in a bag’ which he sells including recipe and ingredients. This has started to train me into being more discerning when making soups rather than the ‘in the pot you go’ method, where I couldn’t repeat a great soup if I tried. I’d never remember all the ingredients, let alone the quantities of each.
They say that it takes every home in a community to buy at least £5 worth of groceries per week locally in order for them to survive.
We do go to the local supermarket in Kirkcaldy too, every couple of weeks, but only to buy things on our list which we’ve been unable to buy elsewhere.
We are fitter, walking to the shops where we can.
We eat a healthy fresh diet.
We don’t fill our cupboards with loads of things we don’t need just because we see things.
We save money on diesel.
It’s ‘win win’, wouldn’t you say?
(Diana Jackson is an author who recently moved to Kinghorn Fife and has released