Monday 21 December 2015
I've broken out the festive cheese. We don't always have food from the farmer's market, it's a rare treat, but when I can I like to support local farmers and producers. So the other day at the town's food market I picked up some cheese made over towards Bath, by cows grazed in fields that I know well.
It's sad that buying something a bit different, something very local, something that has its own unique flavour and process can't be our normal way of shopping, but on a limited budget I can't buy lots of food at the farmer's market every week. That's not to say that the prices are in any way too high. Overheads are substantial, people need to make a decent living, and in my experience the products are usually worth it.
This cheese certainly was. The sort of cheese that makes you want just a bit more. Not as hard as a cheddar, delicious with an apple and really full of flavour. It made me want to share it with you, although I'm aware that me eating a piece of cheese and telling you how much I enjoyed it isn't sharing in the classic sense. If you were here I'd cut you off a chunk though.
It also made me think I might share some more locally found things. Perhaps in the New Year. Maybe as something that you could join in with too. It wouldn't have to be food, it wouldn't have to be something you bought. Something grown, or foraged, or made by someone locally. I'd like to see what's out there in the world, on your doorsteps so to speak. Things that don't come from China via Tesco. An apple that fell into your lap from a tree on the corner rather than one that flew here from New Zealand and then got wrapped in a big plastic bag. A vase that was made by a potter in a back garden studio in the town up the road rather than one that came in a batch of 10,000 from China.
I love to find things that are unique and different. A high street that doesn't look like all the others. Or with at least one or two shops selling local wares. I shall think about it for a while and maybe return with more thoughts on the subject. I think it would be encouraging to see what lovely things are out there. I was so inspired and motivated by your comments about sustainability over Christmas.
So I shall go away and think, and in the meantime leave you with a final cheese shot.