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Many of us are ready to see the back of lockdown. Whether it is the chance to meet friends, head to the pub, attend an agricultural show or just get back to some form or normality, the realities of lockdown are wearing thin for most.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It is also a cliche that we can lump together with many of the other phrases which have become part of standard terminology in 2020, such as ’these are unprecedented times’, or ’stay safe’. But it is true that nobody, if they are being honest, could have stood on the cusp of the new decade and predicted that this year would have unfolded as it has done.
By the time you read this, we should all be emerging out of lockdown 2.0. Like all sequels, it was delayed in its release, had budget concerns and was not well received by the populace. Still, let’s be honest, it wasn’t as bad as Rocky V, was it?
There has never a better time to let farmers support your mental and physical health and for all of us to support a green recovery from Covid-19, according to Caroline Millar,Agritourism Monitor Farm programme co-ordinator.
Increased production and commercial innovation prevented flour shortages during the first lockdown – so there’s no need to panic this time, says National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim) director Alex Waugh.
Consumers, it would appear, have rediscovered their love of local produce in lockdown. Whether it is the commitment to buy more local food, or the resurgence of the humble milkman and doorstep delivery, there certainly seems to have been a sea change since March of this year.
If the British are a nation of curtain twitchers then there is every chance I have joined their ranks. Since lockdown at the end of March, those Farmers Guardian staff who were office-based have swapped life on a business park for life at home.