Unable to put it off any longer I recently popped into a local supermarket to buy something to eat for the coming week. I wandered up and down the aisles crammed full of food, a surprising amount on plastic trays double-wrapped in cardboard boxes, all promising amazing taste and health-giving properties. I had started at the fresh fruit and veg section, where everything was neatly arranged in homogeneous heaps, with some fruit even cocooned in polystyrene trays before being sealed in plastic. The supermarket smelled of nothing. With a selection of thousands of items to choose from I finally decided that I didn’t fancy anything and stomped home with a box of washing powder and a litre of milk.
At the monthly Farmers’ Market I never leave with just two items, in fact I have great difficultly in not taking everything home with me – cheeses, breads, pies, punnets of tomatoes, strings of garlic and so on. The air is always deliciously thick with the smell of food. The same goes for Farnham Local Food (FLF) where fortnightly the beautifully fresh-smelling vegetable harvest is joined by the Cracking Bread Company stall (all loaves made by Curzon that week), the Mill Farm Organic stall that sells its local beef, lamb and pork meat plus the Field Rations with its stall of dried fruit, flour and other store-cupboard staples. The whole ‘shopping experience’ is accompanied by the smell of homemade pizzas being cooked in the Cob oven close by.
The only problem with the food from FLF is sometimes it feels that it is just too pretty to eat!