This is a comment from Peter Lennard - Don't be shy - please leave your comments/answers at the bottom of the post. I live only part time in Low Bentham but was very pleased to see the arrival/expansion/conversion of the shop called Antiques into &tiques, selling food. On checking it out I found that they are selling organic fruit and veg at very competitive prices compared to supermarkets, will take orders for newspapers and also sell nice bread. I compared the price of their smoked salmon with Sainsbury in Lancaster. &ntiques price of £2.95 for a pack of Atlantic Smoked Salmon compared with (best price) 2 for £8 at Sainsbury for factory farmed smoked salmon (similar weight per pack I think). Of course they don't do the range that any supermarket can do, but I look in at the shop first even if I am intending to go into Lancaster, for instance, and note what I can buy here on my return. But are people using this shop? Not many, it seems. Isn't it more environmentally sustainable to buy locally where possible and only go to a distant supermarket for things not available locally for a reasonable price? Is there any way that we can persuade local people to give it a try?
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