🦌 And I’m back in Clare again, just in time to support The Pop Up Pantry, a pop-up bulk food store that has taken over an empty shopfront for the month of October! Perfect timing with #lesstolandfilloctober in full swing, and since I often buy bulk groceries in Adelaide to bring to Clare for my parents, I am STOKED that this is right on their doorstep!! 🎉
This store is unashamedly environmentally-minded, which is actually a big deal in a country town, where you live or die by the opinions and needs of the locals. If they think you’re a tree-hugging idealist who needs to get off your high horse and face the facts that cucumbers have their own condoms these days, well, you won’t get much business from them. 🤷♀️
Country life brings with it an enhanced sense of everyday reality, and that swings both ways: the food waste from the supermarket is given to a local farmer’s cows because it just makes sense; but on the other hand, if a diesel four-wheel-drive is going to tow a loaded trailer more easily than a hybrid, when the time comes, you’re gonna buy a brand new diesel.
Country towns are the perfect scale for testing new ideas and systems, and I really, really hope my country town will see the value in paying for the product, not the packaging, and get behind this amazing store. 🙏
P.S. on the ‘Is there something you would like us to stock?’ form, a few people had written Himalayan rock salt... so I added a little addendum: ‘Himalayan salt is extremely unethical. Please try Murray River pink salt!’ (@murrayriversalt is one of the most readily available pink salts in Australia and helps combat inland salinity, which is a massive issue here.)