There is a place I like to go to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and a plethora of wonderful ingredients from around the world. This amazing Aladdin’s cave of delicious temptations and beautiful blooms is called Fosters, a family name. I never regret having to visit, in fact the opposite I love going to Fosters.
Firstly there is an amazing array of fresh fruit and vegetables laid out for you to touch, handle, squeeze and lift to your nose in search of the fresh, ripe and ready. At this time of year the root vegetables present strong and proud. I especially love the dirty carrots and parsnips with the clods of earth still attached; you know these are not long from the ground. Baskets of vegetables to accompany your Sunday roast, concoct soup from, add to a stew, dice in a pie or throw in a tray, drizzled with olive oil and pop in the oven. Although I dislike the cold I adore the hearty dishes we consume to warm ourselves making autumn my favourite time for culinary creativity. Beef with beetroots, cauliflower with cheese, parsnips with honey and carrots with swede, the combinations are endless. These baskets of over flowing produce send me into a giddy over whelming desire to cook.
As you move further into the shop you find yourself among the shelves of worldly promises. There are products from every type of cuisine, all the different Asian flavours through to the Moorish and a big helping of the Mediterranean. Home and local products are also a plenty with British cheeses, local artisan bread, local eggs, home baked cakes and my husband’s favourite, he can’t resist a chutney. Again the inspiration to crack out the pots and pans and try something new, discover unknown aromas and flavours is everywhere. Every shelf is stocked high with mouth watering delights.
The added joy of being met with a smile, a friendly word, an expression of welcome makes visiting Fosters even more of a pleasure on an inclement autumnal day. There is often chatter, local news and discussion of what’s at its best. I’m frequently treated to a sample of something or a recommendation of something to try. I have never left without feeling glad I went, pleased to have been there.
And then there is always the promise of what the next season holds in store………
Other than the normal warmth and friendliness I receive when visiting this shop I have not been paid in any way for this post. Oh ok I was given some old roses the other day but that’s just part of the service I’m sure.
I will link this in for the final day of Older Mum’s #OneWeek and I would just like to say what an amazingly wonderful week it has been