25 July 2011

Going Local: Buy British

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Poppies Amongst The Wheat

Driving through Kansas,
you drive countless miles before you see where one farm starts 
and another begins
It feels very corporate

Yet in England, farms are small and family-run
You easily see the walls or hedgerows that mark
where each farm begins and ends

Cotswolds countryside with sheep, horses, and crops
(and rain)

There is tremendous encouragement to 'Buy British' and 'Grow Your Own'

Clearly Will & Kate made an effort,
for an impressive number of Royal Wedding elements were British

A supermarket giant, Waitrose, has a campaign to support British farmers
by offering what appears to be only British produce and meat when possible,
bringing the idea of global Fair Trade to a local level

This helps protect the countryside I have come to love

You often can buy direct from a farmer at the garden gate or at a farm shop

And because so many things grow well here,
the country provides well for itself

From beekeeping & henkeeping to gardening
many are doing it successfully on a smaller scale
in their backyard,
more widely than in the US


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Meri said...

Wow your photos are gorgeous! Way to spread the locally grown word!

Lilybets said...

I believe is usefull to support our Country in this bad economical time...it could help also the health of the world,to reduce transports and energy consumption....how are beautiful the red "papaveri" (n Italian the name of flowers) in phyour first photo!!!.Have a nice week,see you.

Ellie said...

Love your picture of poppies. So colourful! I love the idea of growing your own goods. I have tried growing strawberries and blueberries, but don't have much of a garden so haven't been that successful.

T's Daily Treasures said...

The countryside is so beautiful there. Quite different from the farmland you find in the States. I think everyone needs to get back to a simple life and those who can should buy as locally as possible. Sadly, in this country, not much is grown here, so everything is flown in from surrounding countries. We certainly don't have farmers markets which I do miss. Have a great week. Tammy

The Pinkhouseladies said...

Love your pictures, especially the first with all the poppies, I love them :D! Love your blog, we will become followers! Have a nice day!

greenthumb said...

What green lush country side you have, so different from ours. Great photos.

Jane said...

I love those first two photos - just beautiful!

Ola said...

Nice to discover your blog! Not having much time (working) but I can see that you make excellent pictures! It would be a pleasure to follow you!

ann said...

How ironic that you should post Buy British, while here our Governor Hickenlooper is advertising buy Colorado. Local does taste the best and our local farmers need the support. On a side note, we have friends who farm in Haxtun. Two brothers and a hired man farm 10,000 acres--just a small family farm. I love the Cotswolds and poppies in the wheat.

Barbara said...

Your photos are amazing! I love that I can go to the farmers market and buy things that are locally and organically grown! I feel so much better about what I'm feeding my family!

Pet said...

Who wouldn't buy everything in such a beautiful countryside!

HolleyGarden said...

How wonderful that the UK is promoting Buy Local and Grow Your Own. I think it's a wonderful think for any country, and the best way for anyone to eat.

Tai Tai said...

How beautiful are those hedges? Just SO England....so gorgeous xx

Erin S. said...

And the proof is in the pudding--it plain tastes better when it is grown locally, doesn't it? I love our farmer's markets here because the food is so fresh. Strawberries taste like strawberries! Peaches taste like peaches. Amazing. I loved going grocery shopping in England. Their produce just looked better--unwaxed apples, really fresh strawberries, etc. Enjoy it! P.S. Love that Union Jack apple on the side of that box. So cute!

KimberlyJ said...

Produce is so much better where I shopped in Somerset than where I shop here. Everything is so fresh and as I did the money conversions in my head, cheaper as well. I did see US apples... they were most likely from Michigan (yay) or Washington. We do have pretty good apples. :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It makes me so happy to see you write 'This helps protect the countryside I have come to love' I so enjoy viewing my home land through your eyes.

Diane said...

Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself - what a fab blog you have. Its so interesting to hear how an American interprets our way of life over here. xx

Magali @ The Little White House said...

I love your pictures of England. It makes me feel like visiting there again. I'll come and visit your party at the end of the month!

Lesley said...

I was reading your Moving to the UK post - just a tip about UK car ins (altho depending on how long you've been in Old Blighty, you might have worked it out!) - you can get your first year r cheap -ish then year 2 that same ins company will send you a renewal form with a new cost normally £100 to £200 higher. Tip - go to a comparison site and see what you'd get and call up your existing ins company. they should match it. We saved £150. Cheerio lesley

Where to Visit in England blog

Lesley said...

Oh, and if interested, my sister has a new blog called Bath Bomb Creations. In exchange for trying a free samples, writing a brief review, you blog image and name can be added to the review post.

And there is a giveaway.

Thanks for the comment on Where to Visit in England - I can vouch for Bewilderwood and we are going back! Unbelievably fantastic!

Cheerio Lesley

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Lesley - wow, just renewed and didn't know that tip - I'll have to do that next time - thanks :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Your photos of the countryside are beautiful! I can see why you have come to love it so well. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. It is fun to find another Noro lover. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Hi Laura..lovely photos. Just lovely. I too am quickly becoming a "locavore" in that our local produce, meat etc. are so good and I want to support our community!

Anonymous said...

The local products are always the best.
I hope you can join us on our Traveling tuesdays at the WhistleStop Cafe... you AlWays have something to share!

A Rosy Note said...

What beautiful photos. It seems like more people in the US are starting to think like this, but not to the point where it makes much impact.

Annie said...

Your pics are just beautiful!!! Thank you so much stopping by my blog!!!!

Natasha in Oz said...

that is great idea and I hope that we can try to do a bit more of that here in Australia. Our local economies all need a boost!

Best wishes,

Misha said...

Great pictures!

South Africa also has a similar drive going called Proudly South African. Not sure if I buy into it, though.


Privet and Holly said...

I think this
is a concept
that should sweep
the world....It
would truly shake
things up a bit,
wouldn't it??
xx Suzanne

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi sweet pea,

I LOVE buying local when we can. I just feel so smug and proud!!!! And it seems to taste extra yummy too!


American in Bath said...

I must move further into the country side. Or maybe find more friends who want to go looking for garden gates with me. You'll have to let me know if you think eggs taste better here:0

PS. I rather like the driving through Kansas for the first 30 minutes or so. The worst bit of I-70 is actually Ohio.

Teacup Moments said...

love that photo of the cotswolds. it is one of the places in the uk that i've been wanting to visit but haven't gotten the chance yet. someday soon! oh and i enjoyed waitrose during my short time in london. and i'm glad they have that buy local campaign. i also try to buy local and frequent farmers markets.

Owatrol Additives said...

I think we all know that fresher foods are way better for our bodies than canned, frozen, or highly-processed foods. And good thing that we still find those thing today. I would love to be in this place and experience the freshness.