Our new food shop “Backyard Food” opened, as scheduled, at our May Day Celebration on May 3rd at the Green Backyard, when around £250 of sales were made. The range includes canned and dried foods from Suma, locally made preserves, fresh produce from Woodlands Organic Farm (and some from the GBY itself), and some every day non food items such as toothpaste, Ecover cleaning products, and toilet paper. Although the shop will be run as part of the Green Backyard, it will mostly be staffed by volunteers from Peterborough in Transition. For the time being the shop is only fully open on Saturday, but it is hoped that it can be opened on request on other days when the Green Backyard is open to visitors.
The shop has developed from the Peterborough in Transition food buying co-op, and will also act as the location where co-op members pick up their orders. Prices in the shop are competitive: I noticed several products that were cheaper than my usual supermarket’s organic range, including some very nice fresh asparagus. Buying from Backyard food will also save on packaging: for several of the products, herbs and spices for example, customers are expected to bring their own jar, although the shop can also sell you a suitable jar if required. It is early days for the shop yet, so if you can’t find something you would like, then do mention it to whoever is running the shop that day, and maybe it can be stocked in future. You can keep up to date with shop news by liking its facebook page.
Thanks to hard work from GBY volunteers, the shop interior is unrecognisable from its days as a container, and looks very attractive, and outside the shop is a patio area where you can relax and watch the world go by (or at least the trains to and from London 🙂 ).