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Ducks and Salad Bags: Farmers Market vs. Sainsbury’s

sainsburys florette salad

Blackheath Farmers market salad = £2.10 = 135g
1.56p per gram
typical life 7 days

Sainsbury’s Florette mixed salad = £1.49 = 200g
0.745p per gram
typical life 3 days

The farmer’s market looks much more expensive, right? Except that how often do you buy a bag of salad from a supermarket, that looks crispy and fresh on the first day, and becomes limp and brown on the second day? An unnamed person at the farmer’s market told me:

We do sell to the supermarkets, but by the time it gets to your fridge, even though it says fresh on the label, it can be 7 days old.

Supermarket salad is kept fresh looking by using a “protective atmosphere” inside the bag. The air in the bag has different levels of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen, to slow the speed at which the bacteria can grow. So after it is opened, it suddenly starts to act its age! Felicity Lawrence’s book Not on the Label is a great place to read more about this.

Also, the salad shown in the top photo lasts the two of us for most of a week. So we can buy the amount that we need, not the amount the supermarket wants to sell. I should point out that I didn’t compare to the cheapest Sainsbury’s salad bag (0.74p per gram), because the taste of the salad isn’t comparable. The one from the farmer’s market tastes amazing, is organic, and lasts a week!

Sainsbury's parsley

Farmer’s Market Flat Leaf Parsley = 170g = £1
0.59p per gram
Lasts 7 days

Sainsbury’s Flat Leaf Parsley = 28g = 79p
2.82p per gram
Lasts 5 days

The parsley is much more of a bargain. We get loads of parsley each week, so Sainsbury’s can’t compete here. The parsley is from the “hello duck” stall. I like them. Nobody calls me duck in a supermarket.

I compared to Sainsbury’s because it’s my nearest supermarket, and it isn’t massively up-market. It’s worth pointing out that other processed foods in the farmer’s market aren’t such a bargain, but staples, veg, and unprocessed foods really can work out much cheaper.

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Emotional Baggage

Hooray for passports!
I got on the train yesterday at Blackheath. It was packed. I stuffed my bag under a chair to get it out of the way. More people got on, so I moved down. Then a seat next to me became free, so I sat down. The train was still packed to the end of the journey. When I looked for my bag, it was gone. And it had my passport in it. The passport that I need in order to get married next week. Oh god.

So, I spent a miserable morning talking to the Met Police, the Transport Police (who are completely separate), SouthEastern Trains, SouthWest Trains (who also do not talk to each other), and the passport office.

Amazingly, out of all these institutions, by far the most effective and helpful was the passport office. I now have a new passport, and every time I look at that terrified, miserable passport photo, I will be reminded that, yes, I am an idiot, and that, yes, I really should listen to Mrs Bugle when she says hold on to your bag on the train.

And to the lost property man at Waterloo station- a bag that has been thrown away by a thief doesn’t have any uniquely identifiable DNA that proves which Train Operating Company was being used when it was stolen. If I’ve had a bag pinched at Waterloo East, perhaps you should at least pretend to give a damn when I tell you about it at Waterloo Main Station?

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