Bungay greengrocer Simon Thompson reports an upturn in visitors to his shop as lockdown eases
Spring has definitely sprung! The sun has been shining, even if the nights are chilly, and with the Covid restrictions starting to be reduced, we are seeing a renewed zest for getting out and about. There has been a marked increase in the number of people shopping in our lovely independent shopping enclave that is Earsham Street here in Bungay.
After a slightly delayed start because of the weather, the asparagus season is now in full swing! It is funny, we know that asparagus really is a delicious delight well worth waiting for, but it’s not until you have that first mouthful, after waiting for what feels like forever, that you are hit by just how amazing it is! I don’t know about you, but I tend to gorge on this lovely vegetable until I’ve satisfied my craving; the last thing you want is to not enjoy it enough before it goes out of season again.
We have already got the Dutch strawberries into Giddens & Thompson, which are fantastic this year. With their arrival, I know it won’t be long before the local English ones are available. I’ve never been able to put my finger on it but for some reason, our English strawberries cannot be beaten on taste and quality and we are so lucky that our local ones are truly exceptional.
I have a feeling that Bungay may be about to experience one of its busiest summers ever! We have all noticed a lot more visitors to the town already, and I think that many people will be staycationing this year. We love to share our town with visitors, and I think that Bungay and the surrounding area has a lot to offer.
We get comments all the time on the vibrant colours in our displays of fruit and vegetables, especially from new visitors. The vibrant orange of the large navel oranges, the luscious red of the strawberries, the dynamic purples of sprouting broccoli and bunches of beetroot are all a marvellous feast for the eye to behold. Some might say – it’s all too tempting! I’ve lost count of how often customers say, ‘we only came in for a lemon’ while leaving with bags of other things that caught their eye! I think that there is still a place for a traditional greengrocer in the 2020s, and this proves it!
We love what we do here at Giddens & Thompson, and we feel privileged to live and work in an area that has such a wealth of amazing local producers, who are all as passionate about good food as we are. Why don’t you head on over to Earsham Street and have a browse?