Welcome to The New Greengrocer!
This blog is a cornucopic adventure in food by a Canadian girl who moved from Vancouver to the Chilterns countryside to be with an Englishman and became a greengrocer. (Crazy, I know!) A lifelong foodie and former consultant on environmental programs, international development projects, ethical business strategies and community-based planning , she used to work with a broad range of organisations to help them inch forward toward a more sustainable future. After having worked, eaten and explored her way around the world to over 20 countries, she swapped the global lifestyle for a more local one.
She found her footing in the UK as a greengrocer, managing the food hall in a historic walled garden deep in the Chiltern hills. Digging into sacks of muddy potatoes, convincing folks to try unusual and strange-looking veg, and visiting local producers and farms, she would extol the virtues of local honey and rapeseed oil and eating seasonally. Hence, The New Greengrocer blog was born from both her passion and new path in life, to connect to her surroundings and create a sense of community around food. You’ll find stories about local producers, seasonal cooking ideas & ingredient inspiration, and, of course, lots of foodie (albeit amateur) photography.
Having re-started from the ground up, she has now left the walled garden for the High Street with big dreams and an entrepreneurial spirit. Her first venture was to open up a local food shop & delicatessen in High Wycombe called Local Roots, bringing the farm-to-fork philosophy to life. So if you’re in the area, pop in for a latte (fairtrade coffee and local milk, of course) and say ‘hi’!
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Written and photographed by Vidya Crawley, unless otherwise stated. Photos are posted under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.