One of the few joys of commuting into London is the opportunity to catch up on my favourite podcasts.
This week, I drew more than a few dirty looks from my fellow passengers, as I narrowly avoided snorting latte down my nose whilst listening to another of Marcus Brigstocke‘s inspired rants on the Now Show.
The king of corduroy was on top form as usual, chewing over reaction to Channel 4’s Chicken Run series featuring Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gordon Ramsay, and aiming a few choice words at those who claim not to be able to afford free range…
“It’s not a question of not being able to afford free range. It’s a question of there wasn’t enough money left after you’d bought over 3,000 Lambert & Butler, every flavour of Pringles on the market and 50 value pizzas in the shape of Shrek’s face!”
Some will no doubt view this as elitist, leftie drivel but I, for one, agree with him. And it’s got nothing to do with animal rights (a worthy by-product though that is); I happen to like knowing the provenance of my food and, bottom line, it just tastes better.
What’s more, it’s not as if it takes a whole lot of effort, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Thanks to sites like BigBarn.co.uk, you can go direct to the source and find fantastic, great value food right on your doorstep.
That’s what my wife and I did last weekend – we literally drove right up to the farmer’s door and were able to pick up a beautiful 1.5kg shoulder of lamb for a ridiculously reasonable £6.90.
If you’re a full-on foodie like me, I really urge you to give it a go. What’s not to love? Top quality food, very reasonably priced, and you get to support your local producers in the process.