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It may be a long way from my current home but very close to my heart is the village of Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire where I grew up. I mention it briefly here as I am overjoyed to find out recently that the village greengrocers which closed in May 2009 was rescued and reopened by a cooperative of villagers. The Green Valley Grocer opened shortly after the previous owners gave up the business and appears, from my distant viewpoint, to be thriving. The shop is continuing as a greengrocer as well as stocking other locally sourced and produced goods such as breads, honeys and jams. Local people are even invited to provide stock if they have the relevant food hygiene and environmental health inspections.
I fondly remember going to the original greengrocers with my mum and sister in the 80s when the small shop was busy and served your loose and often dirty vegetables in brown paper bags before the arrival of the omnipresent plastic shrink wrapped varieties we see today. Sadly the twice weekly market we also used to be dragged round (or so it felt as a child) is long gone although the village has benefitted from the uncovering of the canal that runs through the village which once again allows barges to pass through alongside it’s high street.
With the continued and unrelenting growth of the supermarkets and in particular the ‘metro or express’ mini supermarkets which have crushed or made life very difficult for small local businesses in the UK it is refreshing and encouraging to see local people making a success of a more traditional and less environmentally impactive business.
Long may their success continue and I shall be paying them a visit when I am in the UK in the next couple of weeks.
Green Valley Grocer, 4 Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, UK.