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    • DWhite
    • By DWhite 4th May 19, 10:02 PM
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    Buying loose fruit and veg
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    Buying loose fruit and veg 4th May 19 at 10:02 PM
    Apologies if this has already been asked before. I’m a regular lurker on here and I’m fairly sure I haven’t seen it.
    I’m a child of the 80’s. I remember going to shops and the fruit/veg etc being sold loose. You’d choose how much and which ones. Like potatoes still are now...
    Does anywhere exist that still does this? I find it so frustrating to have it dictated to me how much of something is in a pack. Not to mention the excess packaging! I live alone and fill one, sometimes two recycling bags a week plus a black bag of general waste that can’t be recycled.
    I don’t have lots of disposable income to spend on organic places, or specialist places etc just wondering if there’s such a place as grocers/supermarkets that still do this?

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    • choille
    • By choille 4th May 19, 10:14 PM
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    Individual greengrocers still have loose fruit & veg - the smell in them is delicious. You can actually smell the strawberries & other fruit & veg when you open the door. Apples with the leaves still on the stalks sometimes. Heaven.
    • mark88man
    • By mark88man 4th May 19, 10:27 PM
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    Tesco's have started doing this, although to an extent all supermarkets have had some produce like that

    However, some have noticed that instead of getting 3 in a bag for £1 you are now getting singles at 50p - so hiding price hikes while being "green" and worthy
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 4th May 19, 10:29 PM
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    Is there not a market near you - an ordinary one, not artisan/farmers ones. They usually have a loose fruit and veg stall.
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    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 4th May 19, 10:37 PM
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    Fruit and vegetable variety and packaging options seem to vary from area to area depending on the local customer base.

    Greengrocer stall at a covered or an outdoor market, larger superstores/ supercentres of chain supermarkets, larger Asian or Middle Eastern grocers all have a decent selection of loose produce in my city.

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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 5th May 19, 7:34 AM
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    Our Tesco has loose vegetables, as does the Sainsbury's in the next town.
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    • By Farway 5th May 19, 9:16 AM
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    Our Asda has loose veg, not everything but some are. Luckily there's also a greengrocer for those who like to pick & choose
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    • By -taff 5th May 19, 10:10 AM
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    WHat are you putting in your general waste? DO you not have a plastic recycling? We have a one carrier bag every couple of weeks of non recyclables and here are two of us. Might be worth going on your council website to see what they do recycle.
    Alsi/Lidl, actually, nearly every supermarket had loose fruit and veg, and as above, asian grocers have a wide range of loose veg [ and fairly cheap rice too]
    Is there anything in particular you want to buy that's usually packed?
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 5th May 19, 10:19 AM
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    Morrison do loose fruit and veg as do most supermarkets. I dont see where the problem is
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 5th May 19, 10:45 AM
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    Even lidl have started loose fruit, mix and match 3 for £1 I think it was
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 5th May 19, 10:53 AM
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    Local market
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    Supermarkets and leave the packaging there!
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    • maman
    • By maman 5th May 19, 2:10 PM
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    Morrison do loose fruit and veg as do most supermarkets. I dont see where the problem is
    Originally posted by McKneff

    I can only assume that OP hasn't been looking around lately. Agreed not everything but our Sainsbury's has quite a range of fruit and veg that's sold loose and then there's a greengrocer and an Asian store that sells all of their veg loose in a small shopping street.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 5th May 19, 2:12 PM
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    I think the small Express size of supermarkets tend to have their fruit and veg prepacked, whereas the larger stores give you the choice of loose veg. They also tend to be more expensive than the larger stores. If you don't have a local independent grocer or access to a market, try your bigger supermarkets.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 5th May 19, 4:54 PM
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    Maybe the OP could say where he's shopping, what shops he has access to and what fruit/veg he usually buys.
    I can buy a single carrot in my local Tesco Extra and also in a couple of independent local greengrocers.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 5th May 19, 7:29 PM
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    I think even the shops that aren't selling loose at the moment will be in the near future - with all the talk of plastic waste, it's definitely the way things are going. Aldi seems to sell a mixture of loose and packaged, depending on what you're buying. But watch the prices - if, for example, you want 6 apples, then 6 pre-packed apples are likely to be cheaper than 6 loose apples. However, if you only need 3 you're probably better going for the loose option.
    • dan958
    • By dan958 8th May 19, 11:50 AM
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    My local Sainsburys does this, and they also use brown paper bags rather than plastic.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 9th May 19, 12:23 PM
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    Apologies if this has already been asked before. Iím a regular lurker on here and Iím fairly sure I havenít seen it.
    Iím a child of the 80ís. I remember going to shops and the fruit/veg etc being sold loose. Youíd choose how much and which ones. Like potatoes still are now...
    Does anywhere exist that still does this? I find it so frustrating to have it dictated to me how much of something is in a pack. Not to mention the excess packaging! I live alone and fill one, sometimes two recycling bags a week plus a black bag of general waste that canít be recycled.
    I donít have lots of disposable income to spend on organic places, or specialist places etc just wondering if thereís such a place as grocers/supermarkets that still do this?
    Originally posted by DWhite


    I buy most of my veggies from a farm shop, attached to a local National Trust property. They grow all their own veggies, while the eggs they sell are from a local poultry farm. Their veggies last for well over a week. Prices vary from 50p for a huge onion to £1.50 for an unsealed bag of purple sprouting broccoli. They use bags to portion things up for sale, but don't usually seal them, so the veggies breath.

    We spend less than £10 there every other week.

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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 10th May 19, 8:19 PM
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    What annoys me is when I go to Mr Ts that bagged apples, for example, are cheaper than the loose ones! You then have to put them in a plastic bag which quite honestly defeats the object of buying loose!

    Over in France the supermarkets are using compostable bags rather than plastic bags which are big enough to use to line the food caddies proved by the Council. I always save them when we go on holiday there and use them in my caddy when I get back home.

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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 10th May 19, 8:25 PM
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    What annoys me is when I go to Mr Ts that bagged apples, for example, are cheaper than the loose ones! You then have to put them in a plastic bag which quite honestly defeats the object of buying loose!

    Over in France the supermarkets are using compostable bags rather than plastic bags which are big enough to use to line the food caddies proved by the Council. I always save them when we go on holiday there and use them in my caddy when I get back home.

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    Yes, I am irked by the price for loose pet kg being greater than bagged.

    I do save vegetable and fruit bags and put them in the carrier bag recycling points when in store (same with bread bags and toilet roll wrapping)
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 10th May 19, 10:10 PM
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    Never thought of that Kerri. Thought they were just for carrier bags.

    Denise
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