Saturday, 21 August 2010

Fabulous Things About England # 19: Meat off the Back of a Lorry

Butcher Lorry, Chippenham Town Center
Generally if you say you bought or were given something off the back of a lorry (truck), the item has unknown origins. Though people generally use the term to mean that they bought the item from a car-boot sale (flea market) or from an ad in the paper, the saying itself implies that the item is (or may well be) stolen.

Just to confuse the matter, you can buy fruit, veg, and meat off the back of a lorry and actually mean that you bought it from the farmer literally off the back of his lorry. This is what's happening in the photo above. This is a refrigerated lorry which visits Chippenham town centre once a week. The prices are low because you're buying directly from the farmer. The farmer sees a higher profit because he's selling directly to the public. And by all accounts the meat is excellent.


  1. Just reading the term Lorry makes me wanna come visit you, a total stranger. With farmer's markets we're able to buy more local meats and veggies as well; wish I had a truck that stopped near my house/street.

  2. You're more than welcome! I love visitors. I so wish this one stopped in my own town center.

  3. How fun! I've not seen meat sold that way in the US but we do have a truck that visits my area (a US city) and sells produce that is fresh from farms. Though it is actually intended to bring healthy foods to low income families, anyone can shop there. It's like an ice cream truck but with fruits and veggies.

  4. I love that idea. It would really help communities here to have the same thing. And I want them to play music like the ice cream truck. I'd love to hear a tune and go running for fresh nectarines.


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