Food Scene Column: Will you still support local now?

Hazel Roberts explains how this is the perfect time to make a change in your food purchasing habits, as the big fast food restaurants reopen.

How many times have we heard the words “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” recently?

With us all having to make rapid adjustments and find new ways to cope with the ever changing range of challenges, it is easy for us to forget some of the intentions and priorities that we had before this crisis started.

It is understandable that things which had seemed important and achievable under ordinary circumstances now seem less pressing. It is easy too to see this as a “crisis” – something that must be tackled and ultimately conquered so that life can return to normal.

But, do we want everything to return to what it was before?

We could argue all day as to whether we should return to our busy lives or try to learn something about the way some things have improved whilst the world was in lockdown.

It will be interesting to see what lessons can be learned and what actions governments will take.

But forget about global issues and look at yourself; remind yourself of what was important before and what you have learned during this period of adaptation and adjustment.

There are some things that we may be glad to see the back of, others we will be glad to be able to go back to and some we have no choice about. But maybe now is the time to make some permanent changes.

Let me return to my normal topic, the local food scene. I have been immensely impressed by the local food and drink businesses during the last few weeks with how they have adapted and managed to continue to supply customers with local food and drink, both hot and cold, and often delivered direct to the door.

So, have you discovered any local food business gems, any new food favourites or been grateful to be able to get a takeaway when all the chains were shut?

What will you do when restrictions are lifted? Will you join the queue to the fast food restaurant and return to plastic-wrapped global supermarket brands? Or will you continue to support the local street food
vendors, enjoy the local artisan treat and rinse and return your glass bottles to your local milkman?

This isn’t just a crisis; it is an opportunity for change. If not now, then when?

This feature was published in the July 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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