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We Are Skipping the Supermarket

 

Bulk rice and grains

At the beginning of this month we joined Tricia at Little Eco Footprints in her initiative of skipping the supermarket, chain stores and shopping malls. It has only been just over a week and I do not miss the supermarket.  I find it a relief to not have to go there!

The Changes So Far

This is a list of some of the changes we have made, some small and some not so small:

  • I have reduced my use of plastic wrap. I used it ALOT. All kinder & lunch snacks and left overs are now packed in tupperware style containers only.
  • I have found a local farmer who grows, butchers and delivers his meat.
  • We are buying “real’ milk – Jonesy’s non homogenised milk
  • We are buying bread from the small local bakery, or I make it
  • Fruit and other perishables are purchased from the local fruit store
  • My Aromatherapy books have been dragged off the shelf in preparation for the creation of some cleaning and skin care products
  • I found a local wholesaler who sells bulk flour, sugar, pasta etc.
  • I have joined a local forum and number of other web sites (see below) and continue to seek local producers and suppliers of products we use.

My list of most visited sites:

To get me started on my challenge I have found the sites below to be very helpful:

I visit them to search for local information and producers, find like minded people, tips and information on new initiatives in my region.

This site was launched earlier this year on Australia Day by Natasha Kuperman The objective of the site is to encourage and support people to become self sufficient, share the bounty of their gardens and increase the efficiency of food production. The site is Australian based allows visitors to join interest groups and discussion forums with topics from preserves to chickens and worms. Natasha is going to visit this blog later this month to talk more about her fabulous site.

Local Harvest – Is focused on assisting people find good food, close by via a postcode search. It focuses on things you can do locally to benefit the environment, your community, your health and your farmers. The site is still partly in development and will be complete in April 2012. If you have local producers not listed be sure to direct them to the site so that they can add their listing and be found by more people.

Victorian Farmers Markets Association– This site has accredited farmers market dates and producer information, information on produce in season and  news about events and activites that promote local fresh produce.

Frugavore – I am a new fan of Arabella Forge’s.  She is author of Frugavore,  a Nutritionist and has a Masters Degree in Dietetics. She is a passionate frugavore and advocates growing your own produce, buying local, wasting nothing and living well.  Her site is full of useful information, resources and tips. I have a signed copy of her book to give away (closing 09/03/12 at 5pm). Enter today  if you have not done so. (Australian residents only)

Little Eco Footprints –  Tricia and her family commenced the Skipping the Supermarket challenge and are set to do it for a year. If you have a question about how to do it, then visit her fabulous site and you are sure to find the answer to your questions, if not ask her!  She will have thought about it, written about it, or someone else who has joined her challenge and is listed will have the information to help you out.

I will continue to add to this list with other types of resources over the coming weeks.

 I hope that this gives you a starting point if you are wondering if there are any steps you can take – big or small in moving to a life based on fresh, locally produced healthy food.

 

 

 

If you frequent a site that you think I would find useful please let me know via the comments below or on my Facebook page. I would love to hear from you.

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Linda March 12, 2012, 9:50 am

    Sounds really interesting Kyrstie. I’ll have to get some more details from you. Making this transition while you’re starting back at work must be challenging! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

    • Kyrstie March 20, 2012, 9:41 pm

      Hi Linda, it is actually a relief to not have to duck into the supermarket constantly! I am enjoying it and am finding that it is making me be more creative with meals and also better at planning to reduce waste.

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