This is us, we also have two very unproductive chickens (aka – Paul and Barry Chicken, Mr and Mrs Chicken, Rachel and Tamara), and 3 cats (Katie, Jessica and Jake) who are very much in the self sufficent spirit and insist on bringing home all manner of wildlife for us to enjoy! Ian works for St Cross College, Oxford and gets a free three course meal EVERYDAY. Becksie is a ‘matired’ mental health worker and Lizzie is the newest and bestest member of Team Pugh – she is just starting to learn about the delights of food (current favorites are banana, grapes, apples, pumpkin and toast and marmite).
We used to do most of our shopping in Sainsburys, however, on 5th November we gave up the supermarket shop (it was hard work and overrated anyway with a 6 month old baby; all sorts of issues arise, lost toys, Becksie being rubbish at putting the baby carrier on and facing the trauma of dirty baby seats in trollies)! We will be trying not to waste any food and slash our supermarket budget (and save a million pennies haha)! We will see if its possible for a family of three (plus feeding family and friends along the way) to eat for a year by shopping in a different way – at independent stalls and shops, meeting new people, learning new skills and making adjustments to stick to the rules!
We’d like to say that this challenge has arisen because of our strong ethical objection to the ‘power five’ supermarkets – but we’d be lying (although we do reserve the right to obtain some strong ethical objections once we start to bask in the glory of our success)! We are doing this for a number of reasons, most of which we are yet to decide but here’s five reasons as a starter (future posts will definately expand this list):
1. We enjoy a challenge
2. We love eating good food
3. To be more organised both in time and finance
4. To save money
5. To support our local community and buy food from people who are passionate about it