On 14 Oct 2012 at 1:44pm Pickalily wrote:
I find most of the stalls at the farmers market way too pricey and tend not to buy anything from these local producers, despite wanting to support them. One stall at the last market was asking £7 for a quiche - yes, ¬£7 !!
However one stall I do like is the 'Country market', which has fabtastic preserves and chutneys at reasonable prices and homemade cakes etc. I think it's all for charity and may even be the women from the WI.
Anyone else got any recommendations or favourites at the Fri/ Farmers markets.
By the way - I have no affiliation with the stall itself - I just love their produce !
On 14 Oct 2012 at 5:53pm Ducatipete wrote:
High quality artisan products are expensive to produce, if you want cheaper crap good Tesco's.
On 14 Oct 2012 at 6:30pm king cnut wrote:
Since when is a quiche an artisan product?
I assume that people selling at farmers market have none of the overheads associated with a high street shop and I think that prices are inflated. Much like organic foods.
Having said that, the monthly Saturday market tends to be better priced, shame it can't get any bigger without relocating.
On 14 Oct 2012 at 7:22pm Jane S wrote:
See the link for a reprehensible viewpoint, not reflecting the Lewes market :-/
Watch the video »
On 14 Oct 2012 at 7:48pm expat two wrote:
Stall holders might have lower overheads than high street shops, but generally they pay taxes.
On 15 Oct 2012 at 3:27pm Irrelevant Steve wrote:
Jerk chicken. That's a funny name for a dish.
On 15 Oct 2012 at 5:47pm watching the pennies wrote:
I've noticed at both the Farmers Market and the Weekly Market, that a lot of the stalls don't have their prices displayed. I find this very annoying because you have to ask how much an item is. I was at the weekly market last week and was looking at the fish stall. A lady asked how much the skate wings were, the man replied, "how many would you like" she said that she wanted 2, he said they are £7.50 each but you can have 2 for £10. I though wow that sounds a lot. The following day I was in the Riverside and ask the fish monger in their how much would a skate wing cost, he said about ¬£2.50. It really doesn't help the independent businesses in Lewes who have to pay rent and business rates, when traders who come once a week/month do this, it gives the town a bad name.
I would support the markets much more if they were more transparent with their pricing. Love them or hate them, at least the supermarkets have their prices displayed on both the shelf and on the receipt.
On 16 Oct 2012 at 8:11am Rookie Ron wrote:
Indeed the whole thing is just a rip off under the guise of being some artisan collective. Minimal overheads and no middle man should mean rock bottom prices. ¬£7.50 for a skate wing??? FDA
On 16 Oct 2012 at 9:34am Dreadlocks wrote:
How about the guy selling veg on Cliffe Bridge?
Dodgy looking scales!
Street traders permit?
Wonder if he pays his Taxes?
On 16 Oct 2012 at 12:54pm Careful Shopper wrote:
I buy fruit from the stall near the back of the Friday market each week. Prices are decent (£1.50 a kilo for apples at the moment) and the fruit quality is great, and I enjoy buying what's in season locally. Highly recommend. I also splash out on Flint Owl bread. Yes, it's expensive, around the price of a pint of beer, but I think it's worth it as I've not had anything from a supermarket that compares. The freerange eggs are local and cheaper than the supermarket as well (bring back the boxes to save a few pence). I don't buy fish there as I like to buy from Terry's and his prices are always cheaper (and also beat supermarket prices most of the time). The whole point of shopping from markets is to cut out the middle man. The money you pay mostly goes to the producer which I think is a good thing. Supermarkets will almost always be cheaper because their buying power means they pay their suppliers next to nothing and have enough customers that they can keep margins low and still make big profits. They're necessary for most things, but where there's an alternative I try to take it. Every little helps...
On 16 Oct 2012 at 4:22pm Get Off My Land!! wrote:
Can you really buy Farmer's at these Market's?