Lifestyle: Fresh & Package Free Fruit & Veg



My jeans don't fit. And who's fault is it really? I no longer have a gym membership. I have a hectic and very unhealthy Birmingham to London commute. Am in my final semester of my degree and am a vegetarian.

All of these things on their own make it hard to eat the right things at the right time, but combined they add on the inchs, add curves I've never had before and result in real dislike for my 27"pairs of jeans that I can no longer wear. So with the jeans packed away so I don't need to be annoyed by them (packed away for future use, as I plan to wear them again, it's not sustainable to simply get rid!)


Waiting for the bus with all my shopping!


This coupled with my increased weekly anxiety doing the food shop and having an environmental and ecological breakdown at the unnecessary cling film like plastic, Un-recyclable packaging used by the big retailers. I've simply had enough.






Fresh fruits


I'm moving away from buying my fruit and vegetables from big retailers. I saw a sign at an organic food store in Newcastle in Feb that said 'It's not a food crisis, it's called winter' and I couldn't agree more. The prices of fresh fruit and veg have gone up, turning people towards cheaper, less nutritious food and our food is now being sourced from further and further away, we're using packaging we don't need to, and paying more for the privilege and I'm just not prepared to pay the price for it anymore. The environment pays the ultimate price.


Lovely veggies

Now, being a 'go independents!' Shopper and always trying, where possible to support local, independent businesses and market stall holders, it made sense for me to find an alternative in the face of an independent, rather than a whole foods or such.


Bullring Market

On the vine tomatoes

Birmingham is my current stomping ground and will be for a few more months before we pack up back to London. Both cities have a wealth of independent food and veg traders to be found at weekly and daily markets and there are some hidden gems to be found in the Capitol, but I'll touch on them further along the line.

Today's all about Birmingham, my home city. After seeing on Instagram the fantastic fruit and vegetables a friend had picked up recently, I headed down, bags for life in hand to see what I could pick up.

Smelling the bus out with my onions


I wish I'd have taken more bags, for starters. I write this from the bus stop and could definitely do with an extra hand! Every trader was keen to give me a bag and was rather confused when I said no and tipped everything into one big bag, it was quite the jumble, but I'm committed to not taking a plastic carrier bag. Safe to say the bag got heavy pretty quick! And at these fantastic prices, it's not surprising!

Here's what I got:


2x strawberry £1
3x spring onions £1
3x butternut squash £1
Grapes £1
Bananas £1
Mangetout £1
Tomatoes £1
Mushrooms £1


Grapes


Cherry Tomatoes


All for under a tenner and with no waste packaging! Result!

Birmingham and more specifically Birmingham market has a reputation for being grubby. I'm not going to lie, it's a bit rough around the edges- but what do you expect from an inner city market - Harrods?

It's full of wonderful, chatty and smiley traders who earn a living from being their own boss, selling healthy fruits and veggies to the cities people in a way that's financially, locationally and environmentally better than supermarket veg and that, I can completely get on board with.


Strawberries 
I think my body will too, when I start to eat even more lovely fruit and vegetables than I already do due to the assesibility, price and range available.Bring on the curries, stews, snacks and fresh fruit breakfast bowls that will be in the Tomalin household this week!


Mushrooms

Where do you get your fruit and veg from? And what do you think about the unnessiary packaging involved in fruit and veg production and packaging? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Clo :)




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