New way to buy food

February 27 2019

A CHARITABLE community benefits society is offering residents an alternative way to buy food in Emersons Green.

Customers can order online from the Real Economy shop and collect their order from a collection point in Guest Avenue on a Thursday.
All products are sourced from local farms, small independent local businesses and ethical suppliers. Suppliers receive a fair margin that allows them to make a decent living. Any profits made by the trading arm are invested in the Real Economy Centres, which accept referrals from social service agencies and GPs as well as peer and self-referrals. Participants share a weekly communal lunch as well social activities, such as growing food, cooking or craft sessions and those facing food hardship have access to subsidised food shopping which is financed through the Solidarity Fund. Customers with Real Economy can also choose to add a Solidarity Fund donation when they place their order.
Real Economy’s Ellen Sziede said: “Through something as simple as people’s weekly shopping we aim to tackle some large issues, such as a food system that disconnects people from where their food is produced and places huge power in the hands of supermarkets, as well as growing food insecurity and social isolation in what most consider a thriving city.”
Real Economy is currently looking for volunteers for a newly-established Southmead Community Garden on Thursdays. To find out more, contact community development worker Florence by emailing
To find out more about Real Economy, email or visit online.