1. Learn to Cook
2. Assess your pantry
3. Look for the food that is around you.
- Farmers Markets
- Nearby farms that sell to the public
- Roadside stalls that sell seasonal produce
- Home delivery fruit and vegetable services
- Online stores
- Backyard veggie patch
- Community garden
- Local small business – Butcher, greengrocer, bakery, healthfood store, organics store, deli
- Next door neighbours lemon tree
- Food co-ops and buyers groups
- Social Enterprises – that make your money go even further!
4. Make a list
5. Draw up a plan
Odds are, unless you are an organised vegetarian with lots of cash (if you are, good for you!) you’ll be making several stops to do the shopping, so you need to work that into the week to make it easy for yourself. Work out when you will be in the right place with enough time. This approach is different to one-stop-shopping convenience, so along with your planning you do need a little research. This approach can be fun and certainly is more relational…It’s fun to see what turn the conversation takes when you announce to the butcher “I’ve just quit supermarkets”. Sure some people think you’re crazy, but it does make people think about the food system and the effect of the duopoly on it.
6. Know what’s in season
7. A little cheat to make it a bit easier to quit supermarkets
I wanted to quit supermarkets because of their impact on the food system. I don’t so much worry about their market power when it comes to toilet paper, cling wrap and cleaning supplies. However, this is a deal breaker for many people. Since you are in the habit-changing mood the first thing you can do to considerably reduce your household costs and your impact on the environment is ditch disposable products like cling-wrap and disposable wipes in favour of reusable alternatives (many of which you can make yourself!). But in all honesty, the biggest cheat I used when I gave up the supermarkets initially was to buy a huge roll of cling wrap and a few packets of the other non-food items so I wouldn’t need to worry about how I was going to source these things for a few months. I now use beeswax wrap for cling wrap and have knitted a dishcloth or two in my time!
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