Thursday 5 May 2011

SOLE is a bit like dust bunnies

it's everywhere, even when you think it's not. You just have to look, let it catch your consciousness out of the corner of your eye, just like a dust bunny.

So here I am in Weston, Bath. West Country, where everything sounds like it ends with a R.. as an an ARRRRRRRR,

Cider (pronounced Soida, by most people), here, is saiderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

So, like dust bunnies, you just have to glance sideways, and you'll catch a glimpse of something sustainable, organic, local and/or ethical.

like the GL cafe:
Green lunches fuels Bath’s workforce with fresh, healthy and delicious food – delivered straight to the workplace.

Since Green Lunches was established in 2007, we’ve gone from strength to strength. Our customers appreciate the care that goes into our daily lunch preparation – it’s all done in our local premises, which have been approved by the local Environmental Health experts.

If you already enjoy Green Lunches at work, we want to thank you for your custom – and encourage you to spread the word to your working friends. And if you haven’t already signed-up, please do – we really will brighten-up your lunchtimes!

As a local success story, we’re proud of our products and how our business has grown so far. We aim to source our ingredients locally, to establish fair, ethical relationships with our suppliers, to minimise our carbon footprint and to re-use and recycle wherever possible.

At Green Lunches we even have a fledgling ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ policy, and the beginnings of a strategic business plan. So if you’re interested in partnering with or joining our company, just ask and we’ll show you ours if you show us yours…

Then there's the Weston Fruit Emporium, which doesn't appear to have a web address, but not only tells you where its fruit is from (Somerset pears, Winchester pumpkins), but will also tell you the farm from which some of its produce is sourced!

The bakery sourced a lot of its goodies locally, the pub stocked local cider.. I could be in foodie SOLE-varna!

Even in 'town' (Bath), there are street-side vendors spruiking local and seasonal wares.

Having been living in PNG for the past wee while, I just can't get enough of the cool climate fruits like apples and pears.

Now the above stall, with its rich tapestry of local and seasonal fruits, is RIGHT across the way from something called a 'Sainsbury'. For those not in the know, it's not like anything you get in OZ, or even, in my experience, in the States. It's like a 7/11 with booze.

It was selling, this day, pre-cut pineapple, pre-cut watermelon, pre-fab sambos, pre-mixed drinks and a mightly selection of crisps.

Erm, colour me arrogant, but pineapple? pre-cut pineapple? In Bath?

Dude, I am SO not going there after living in Lae. I mean, with this stall across the way, selling local and seasonal pears for a fraction of the price of Sainsbury's pre-fab crap, WHY WOULD YOU BOTHER?

However, I did, I must confess, make a purchase at Sainsbury's, and that was of my most beloved chockie bars.

Those who have known me since I last lived in the UK have heard me bang on ad nauseum as to how chocolate bars in the UK are the best in the world ('cepting the Aussie Chokito).

Detractors, may I present to you:

Now, all I have to do is find a Lion Bar, and I am set like jelly!!