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Independent, Fresh & Delicious – Just How We Like It at Didsbury Life…

February 28, 2011

We love our little corner of independent South Manchester. However, what we currently don’t like is the lack of proper fruit and vegetable outlets. Didsbury Village fares better but since the demise of the greengrocer/butcher at the top end of Burton Rd, we’ve been a bit bereft on the fruit & veg front. OK, you can go to the Co-op (and I would dearly love to support this supermarket more, but this particular branch needs to pay a bit more attention in a few more areas)…

We want a shop where you can still smell soil. Where your produce is either bought loose or put into brown paper bags. In short, the shop in the village where I grew up. We’ve tried fruit & veg delivery boxes before. But, when you see the produce sitting there, begging to be used, but you just don’t have the time, knowledge or werewithal to do them justice, it seems a bit of a waste of money. So, imagine our delight when we discovered Cheadle based “Fruit in a Jute” at a recent market at The Horse & Jockey, Chorlton. Local produce from a local company. And thanks to Nigel & Simon, we’ve fallen in love with fruit and veg all over again…

Fruit In A Jute

Fruit In A Jute

They deliver to your door a jute bag packed full of fruit and/or veg, once a week. And it’s also packed full of seasonal and locally grown produce. We have had the odd bit of imported produce (a pack of Kenyan green beans) but we felt that we could forgive this, given that Nigel & Simon could probably tell us where everything else came from – and that would be in the North West. So, the challenge was set tonight to produce a two course dinner from the jute bag.

First up was a Spring Vegetable soup – broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, onions, cabbage, sliced chilli & spices. Beautiful – served with fresh Tiger Bread (hands up – bought!), parmesan shavings & olive oil…

Next up was a fruit smoothie. I’m sure smoothie afficionados would be horrified at our gauche approach, but everything was chucked in. Apples, pears, a gala melon, Conference pears, kiwi fruit, plums & strawberries. We hoped for the best… and out came our Didsbury Life Delight –

Didsbury Life Fruity Delight

Didsbury Life Fruity Delight

So, as much as we like eating out, it was really lovely tonight to create a meal totally from scratch, in our own kitchen – thanks to Nigel & Simon, from “Fruit in a Jute”. And even more of a result – I’ve just opened the cupboard to find a bag of potatoes and  bag of parsnips which I didn’t even know had been part of our latest delivery.

If you’d like to place an order, contact Nigel on 07866 532644…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 11:04 am

    Oh it would be lovely to have a greengrocer in West Didsbury, I hate buying the packaged stuff in Co-op and coming home with boxes full of plastic and wrappers. Copson Street Fruit&Veg shop is great, they should just open a little outlet down here 🙂

  2. Simon Manning permalink
    March 1, 2011 8:45 pm

    Anything would be better than queuing for 2 hrs in the co-op to buy some strawberries air freighted in from Egypt. I’m game for trying this out. More info please – website, prices etc..

  3. March 1, 2011 9:05 pm

    The sad thing is, there must be at least 10 wholesale vegetable deliveries going to the various restaurants in West Didsbury every day, so supply wouldn’t be an issue. Its just finding someone brave enough to take on a shop lease and square up to the supermarkets. But I know the margins in this type of product aren’t great, so it would need a steady supply of customers to make it viable.

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