Today is the first day of my 30-day Goodbye Supermarkets Challenge.
Three and half years ago, following a couple of (ultimately successful) campaigns to prevent the construction of a megastore in our area, I vowed never to darken the doors of the Big Four (Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys & Morrisons) again. With a handful of exceptions I have managed to do so (or should that be 'not to do so'?). I have, however, continued to do some of my shopping in other supermarkets (Waitrose, Co-op, Lidl & Aldi). But from today onward, at least until the end of November, I will be avoiding even these.
That's the history, but I'm anxious that this should be a positive, rather than a negative challenge.
- I see this as an opportunity to explore the growing number of options to the supermarkets - local independents, fruit and vegetable box schemes, buying groups ...
- I'm going to take a closer look at what I eat, how much I eat and how I prepare it.
- I'd like to try and grow some of my own food. November is not the obvious time to be out and about in the garden but I'm going to investigate winter salads and windowsill herbs.
- I'm hoping to learn new skills. If I'm unable to source an item from the supermarket, can I make it myself? Will I be able to break my jinx on homemade mayonnaise?
- And finally, at a time when (almost) everyone is tightening their belts, I'd like to see whether I spend more or less money on food. Can I bust the myth that supermarkets are cheaper than their alternatives?
That's it for now. I'll keep you posted on my progress. And it goes without saying that any advice you wish to give me will be gratefully received.