Ever heard of kilometre zero shopping?
Maybe it's just an Italian say but what it basically means is shopping for local, low impact primary ingredients (fruit, veg, meat, milk produces..) - effectively produces that are so local that have travelled 'zero km'. (okay, maybe one or two...) .
As I am trying my best to limit my supermarket buys, while adapting to life in a new country (with a new language!!), I want to share what my latest finds have been and hopefully inspire you to search for similar or set something like this in your local area!!
I found that on Friday morning there is a really good market full of local produces - especially fruit and veg from local farmers! Farmers markets are the way to go.. Wish they had more meat, but for that I saw a sign today on the road and I will go scout it next time I cycle past (it's Sunday as I write and everything seems to be closed here..)
This, to me, was even are more peculiar and curious find - which made me really happy!
Easy to set up (you don't really need man power!) and all you need is trust! If you are growing something, just put the produces on a table with clear pricing and have a honesty money box..
This allowed me to buy some pretty yummy pears and apples for just €2 for two big bags and two squashes which I am really curious about (hey for €0.50 each!) - Okay I had to cycle 9 km back with them so technically they were 9 km food :D
Much much better than supermarket, where most times food doesn't have a clear origin, has travelled for long times (also losing some its great vitamin content if you think of fruit and vegs!), and it is kept in packages! Better for your health, better for the planet and better for your community as you are buying from a neighbour!!
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