Went into town today to buy some salad for lunch (already had bread, cheese, and soup in the kitchen).
Our local greengrocer looks different. Bare, empty. With a much-reduced range on display. There are notices apologising for the reduced range, but explaining they’re in administration. Oops!
Apparently if all goes smoothly they have a buyer lined up, and it’s another greengrocer, so the difference to consumers should be minimal. It’s a foreign company – a wholesaler – taking over, but from only just across the border in Kernow. Our Cornish neighbours grow some excellent fruit&veg, so here’s hoping for some good local supply lines, though perhaps not so much in the coming wintertime as in the season of plenty.
If all goes well, can we infer the market economy is coming back to life again locally? The weak going out with minimal fuss, and giving way smoothly to the strong. Our food shopping has seen some improvements recently with on the one hand the coming of Lidl as an alternative to the muzak-ridden supermarkets, and on the other hand the rise of great specialist shops!