Supermarket-free Me: Day 28

One thing I’d hoped to achieve within my 28 day experiment to give up supermarkets was a trip to an outdoor market but so far the timings of the markets nearby hadn’t fitted in with my own schedule.  Today however, Portobello (see Day 9), only a few miles away was hosting its monthly outdoor market so, very pleased, I grabbed our rucksacks and we all headed off.

It’s been a beautiful day here in the East of Scotland and as we approached Brighton Park where the market was in full swing, we were greeted with an idyllic sight – a row of striped canopies in the shadow of a splendid church in a perfect little park.  The children were happy as there was plenty of (safe) space for running around, a man with a guitar providing live music and even an Easter Egg hunt.

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The aims of the market, according to its website www.pedal-porty.org.uk, are to let people know about the availability of local organic products within the area and encourage local businesses to source these, while boosting the local economy.

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There were some great stalls and amongst other things there was a good selection of fruit, vegetables, breads, baking and meat.  Everything I bought could either go straight into my rucksack or went into a brown paper bag first so reasonably eco friendly.

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It was a lovely experience with a good sense of community.  I have to admit that the sun helped – I’m not sure how we’d have got on if it had been raining or snowing. Unlike a trip to the supermarket, we came away with our spirits lifted but it wasn’t a substitute for the weekly shop – more of a weekend activity with the happy bonus that we were able to buy food.

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