Hi, I’m Tom Baker, I run a cookery school and bakery in South Birmingham. This blog tracks the progress of a supermarket-free lifestyle. I’ve decided to try not to use supermarkets for any of my personal shopping, and instead invest my hard-end pounds in Birmingham’s independent food shops, buying all my food from independent outlets. Oh, and I’m taking my ever-tolerant wife Jane along for the ride…
So why am I doing this?
- I run an independent food business that is preparing to grow itself onto Stirchley high street – Of course I want people to shop with us, so I should put my money where my mouth is and do it myself.
- Stirchley faces the prospect of three major supermarkets in the near future – we already have a large Co-op, Tesco have been given planning permission for a large store and Morrisons are putting in an application – I want to see if Birmingham offers a realistic alternative to supermarket shopping.
- My money is more likely to stay in the local economy, and end up in the hands of people I know, rather than line the pockets of a faceless shareholder somewhere.
- I have a habit of personal food challenges (other people might call them hobby horses) – I’ve been known to go months refusing to buy anything that has more than two listed ingredients.
- I’m a middle class food snob.
I’ll blog about the shops, about what I buy, and about how much I spend, and how much time I spend doing it. I’ll try to be objective but will probably fail – I do want this to work! I welcome comments. If you spot me in a supermarket, report me, and I’ll make up an elaborate excuse.