Where do you buy most of your food from? What are the food shopping and restaurants like in your local area?
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I love Lewisham market it is very good value so we tend to buy most of fruit and veg from there
A year or so ago I decided to find a green grocer rather than buy shrinkwrapped stuff from the supermarket. I've found a good one who sells really fresh and high quality produce, it's changed my cooking and eating habits, it's significantly cheaper and better than the supermarket and I realise that I eat probably three times more fruit and veg than I used to.
I'm thinking we would benefit from economically priced fast food franchises which offers tastey healthy options...
The point of fast food is that it’s cheap and fast. While I think that healthy fast food is a good idea, it would be hard for it to live up to those two key points. For that reason it could be nearly impossible.
I used to live near a street market that sold fruit and veg and it was great. I'd walk to it and fill up a back pack each time. Since moving to another borough and from zone 2 to zone 5/6 my choices now are supermarkets or high street greengrocer and I have to drive to them. I wont use the greengrocer because its difficult to track the cost, there is no itemised receipt and I dont trust their scales or mental arithmetic! I rarely eat out because I prefer my own, home cooked food. I know whats in it and how it has been cooked. Its also far cheaper than going out. The only take aways I have, 1 or 2 times a month is fish and chips WITHOUT added salt and vinegar.
Sadly a supermarket, our local market was decimated, we have no greengrocers nowadays.
I agree. All I have near me a 'metros' and 'locals'. Nowhere that specialises in fruit and veg. As Trump would say, "very sad"!
Veg, meat and fish generally from Abel & Cole, with top up essentials such as oat milk (I'm dairy-free) and gluten free alternatives to bread and wraps from Sainsburys. However, I'd much rather be able to shop at local greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers but other than the very expensive grocer in Wimbledon Village there is little choice. I do find Abel & Cole expensive and you can't choose the portion sizes, but on the whole I prefer the fact that it comes mostly in cardboard or paper and not the acres of plastic found in supermarkets.
We've tried Lewisham, Dartford and Dalston markets over time. All OK but I have no problem buying wonky vegetables in supermarkets. What I do like to do is buy British if at all possible.
I go to a lot of trouble now to do my weekly shop to avoid packaging. I use a local milkman that I hope provides 'happy cow' milk. I buy a veg box so I only get what is in season. I go to a butchers for cheese, meat and deli in my own packaging. I bulk buy what I can and am careful what laundry and cleaning products I choose to reduce packaging. I also try to avoid packaging when I buy lunch at work - Leon, Itsu and Eat can give you warm food in your own box or else I go to the canteen. We bring our own water bottles, cups and cutlery wherever we go. We have more than halved our rubbish each week with composting and recycling. Hoping we can get to one rubbish bag a month eventually.
I would love it if I could get rice, pasta, chickpeas, etc from bulk bins at my local supermarket. And cereal too. And why does yoghurt and cream have to come in plastic and not re-usable glass like milk?!
Cream and pasta etc are my problems as well. Mayor should support more bulk shops.
Shops on high st eg Tesco a or sainsbury , I cycle home so can't carry much need more veg in frozen sections in store . Way too many restaurants takeaways and unhealthy food it's hard to shop for healthy food that I can afford need way more frozen options -sick of kebab pizza and chicken shops everywhere!! ,
Couldn't agree more. Why are there so many chicken shops? Not only unhealthy but the bones and boxes are thrown everywhere!
The worst is the takeawaya which use the plastic foam boxes that are never recyled- these should be banned!
I buy organic and fair trade products from supermarkets and especially ocado that has a good choice of locally sourced products. I also visit my local farm or go to pick up my own veg and fruit when the season allows it. I refuse to buy products that come further than Europe or when out of season. In my area farmers market are very expensive and not worth it. There are too many fast food and junk pizza places around Enfield.
Local Waitros and Morrison’s
We try to buy our fruits and vegetables from a local green shop. But unfortunately, some of their items are so expensive that we have to pick those items from a nearby supermarket. Either they are charging extra commission to provide 'healthy' food, or supermarkets are using some tricks to keep the prices low. Either way, our budget allows us to only buy about half of what we need from the green shop. Wish that wasn't the case.
Thanks everyone for sharing your views.
What food options are available in your local neighbourhood or high street?
Some of you have mentioned you shop locally. What about others, do you use your local supermarkets, restaurants or cafés?
Is there enough variety near where you live?
No! I live in a food desert. Loads of takeaways and restaurants, but no butcher, baker, candlestick maker old style shops that I grew up with.
I buy most of my fruit and vegetables from a local greengrocer; I grow as much food as I can on my allotment.
Hi Guys, I've a question,
can you tell me where to buy best food items online?
I wanna create my own online store to share my tasty pizza in london..
One of the questions on the food survey was something like:
Do or would you help at a food bank?
What does this tell you about the people in power and MP's?
They do not care.
The only vegetables I noprmally buy are Onions - all the rest I grow - I have an allotment ......
Meat: Usuall from my local butcher, whose meat is all known-sourced.
I eat very well, thank you - I will cut the last of this year's Asparagus on Sunday .....
I get almost all my vegetables from Sutton Community farm. You can’t beat their quality. Most other good shopping gets delivered by Tesco. And about once a week I go for dinner st a local restaurant in Morden or Wimbledon.
We get most of our food from the local supermarkets, but sometimes order online with Sainsbury's home delivery. We get fruit and veg from the Riverford Box scheme.
TESCO ONLINE AMD AMAZON FRESH
Most of my food is delivered by supermarket chain. Lots of local restaurants and food shops where I live, but due to working, comuting and family life, thank goodness I can shop on line
Sadly, mostly from supermarkets - actual and online. I boycott Tesco (because so unsupportably unpleasant in every way) and now Sainsbury's (because of Asda merge). Shops selling fresh produce near where I live are few, dirty and stock poor quality produce. Really HATE all the plastic, film, unnecessary packaging used for food these days. Would love to get veg boxes delivered, but access in our block is too problematic.
Lewisham market where can as can avoid plastic. Percy ingle as can buy bread without plastic and my local italian deli where can buy coffee and meat without plastic. The supermarkets are awful plastic monsters.
Supermarket on my way home, a lot easier for me. Eat in local restuarant in a regular basis
We do our basic household and grocery shopping at Tesco's, but prefer Whole Food for international products, prepared food, dips, etc. All the supermarkets use unnecessary amounts of packaging, but we are delighted that people are waking up and demanding that the packaging be reduced in volume and restricted to biodegadable materials. We are disturbed to see shops such as Boots and SuperDrug expand their food sections rapidly in recent years, focussing on lunch items for office and shop workers, much of which is excessively packaged. We would like to see Westminster launch education programmes for office and shop workers to encourage them to refill plastic bottles from the tap instead of buying more bottles, and to buy sandwiches and other items in a paper bag, not a plastic container. After all, we create the demand and the food companies respond to our preferences. We must change our behaviour first. Thanks!