I always find something pleasurable about visiting local butchers and bakeries and greengrocers and cheesemongers and the like. Maybe it’s because you establish rapport and create some kind of meaning to it. For me I find it almost ritualistic, like I’m convening with the old gods or something like that. I guess it’s because it’s a bit old-fashioned in some respects, and because I have an obsession with the past. There’s something about carefully selecting the ingredients you’ll cook later, leisurely. I think that it’s the slower pace that the act of visiting a butcher promotes. I usually visit the butcher on a day when I have a lot of time, too, or when I’m planning to cook something specialised and need something specific. Of course these places tend to be a bit more expensive, but I don’t mind it once in a while, and I suppose once I’m more stable, I’d likely frequent them more.
Over lunch, maybe mull it over and think about what you like or dislike about visiting the local butcher or greengrocer or what have you? What do you like to buy there? Do you find it pleasurable to visit these places and build rapport, or do you prefer the supermarket? Is going to local shops part of a quest for authenticity?