Unfortunately, my local butcher shop closed recently; not only did this mean my daughter lost her job, but it meant I had to endure buying meat from a supermarket, something I’ve not done for a number of years. Whilst it was convenient to buy everything in one place, I just found the quality of meat to be less than I was used to. Anyway, I decided enough was enough and that I would visit the indoor market while I was in Darlington and stock up on meat. What a surprise I got. Having not been to the indoor market for a long time, I was disappointed to see that it had shrunk quite a bit and there wasn’t the vast choice of proprietors there used to be. However, I found a butcher and a green grocer. I spent £20 at the butcher stall and purchased minced beef, pork chops, stewing steak and diced chicken and at the grocers I spent £3.54 and bought lettuce, carrots, mushrooms and bananas. This was much less than I would normally pay at a supermarket. OK I did have to pay £1 to park the car for an hour but even so I think I saved more than that in my purchases.
As well as being able to select exactly what I wanted to buy, I didn’t have to buy packs of anything – so the bananas for example, I bought 5 (Monday-Friday) and they cost 54p. I bought a handful of mushrooms (because I’m the only one who eats them) and they cost pennies. Except for the lettuce, there was no plastic packaging; the mushrooms were placed in a paper bag which will be recycled and the other items didn’t need packing, so that made me feel good because one of my resolutions this year is to use less plastic.
The only down side I can see is that it is a special trip into town for me but as I am usually this way on a Friday I think it is worth the effort. If we all spent just a little in our local shops it would make such a big difference to the local economy.