Lettuce and Loyalty

Hoping you are having a great Easter long weekend – or that you are getting your penalty rates. Many apologies for my long absence – don’t ask!

goldbunny_dark100g_This weekend got me thinking, not about chocolate and hot cross buns, but loyalty. These topics may just be related since I have foregone chocolate as I couldn’t find Lindt dark chocolate bunnies in my local supermarket, and I am Lindt-loyal. This is probably fortunate as I am after all, type 2 diabetic and not exactly on the thin side.

I could have schlepped to Coles but I won’t shop there. So here is my dilemma. How to be an ethical, but happy shopper? I have written about the ethical minefield cheap food presents, before:

But telling consumers that their expectation of cheap food is contributing to global warming, dodgy farming practices and poor health outcomes gets me nowhere.

The search for cheaper food is hard to circumvent. So here’s my weekend conundrum. I feel loyalty to my local greengrocer. I don’t buy vegetables and fruit from the super market if there is a greengrocer nearby, which is the case at my local shopping centre where I generally shop:

Hamilton Hill Fruit and Veg:

Tran and Lon are lovely people, they work hard and deserve to prosper.

Then Harper’s Food Market opened on South St:

They have a good selection of organic and non-organic fruit and veg as well as deli items, and all manner of produce from tea to organic tamari. I seem to always find some bargains there as well as superb bread.

No I haven’t forgotten about the good folks at The Organic Collective, but I can’t afford to eat most of their produce. I make an exception for their terrific eggs, but then I am egg obsessed.

But I’d heard about Gilbert’s Fresh Market opening in the no longer defunct Hilton Arcade

There used to be an excellent market there that didn’t stay so wonderful. The arcade was closed for a while but it is being reinvented.

Oh dear. What will I do now? This Gilbert’s is one of a string of stores, meaning that the owners have experience and buying power. I found good produce and even better prices. I bought some lovely produce.

I felt guilty. Just when I’d gotten over hairdresser infidelity – women know exactly what I mean!

The silliest part of this being that I shop for one – I’m not having an impact on anyone’s bottom line. Ethical shopping? It’s a minefield.