I took a trip to a nearby farm shop today. It is surrounded by fields and has sheep and a few little piggies nearby!
I love visiting this shop as all the vegetables are so fresh and very good value for money compared to the local supermarket. Unfortunately, all of the fruit and vegetable shops in the town have closed down. They just couldn't compete with the supermarket prices. I understand that everyone has to be careful with money in this economic climate but I feel that something special has been lost. That personal side to shopping and knowing the name of the shop owner and being able to ask which local farm the produce came from.
Society has lost something and I don't think it will ever get it back. These local shops were reducing in number when I was young but the next generation won't have any memories of them at all. Imagine only knowing supermarkets! Being so removed from your food all packaged up neatly and flown half way around the world to get to you.
My dream would be shopping in little village shops with a wicker shopping basket over my arm! Shopping with the seasons rather than everything being available all year round.