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On 10 Jun 2011 at 3:08pm OMG wrote:
I, as what i would describe a "normal" working class lewes resident, just had the misfortune to walk through the food market in the market tower. £12.50 for a medium chicken, £3.50 for a bag of chicken bones, £4.50 for 6 sausages ???????? My god, this really goes to show the huge gap between the "normal" people in the town and the rest. Still, i suppose it gives the snobs something to brag about whilst sipping their skinny latte in Bills to their holier than thou mates. Now where's that McDonalds petition ?
On 10 Jun 2011 at 7:19pm TDA wrote:
Agree. Apart from the McDonalds bit.
Where's the normal greengrocers?
On 10 Jun 2011 at 8:06pm pinter wrote:
Western road.
On 10 Jun 2011 at 10:29pm giveitarest wrote:
Get over yourself OMG - you think that just because someone can afford something you can't, you can call them a 'snob'? Can I call you a 'chav' then, if you're skint?

If you don't want to pay for something you think is expensive, don't buy it. What's the problem?
On 10 Jun 2011 at 11:23pm Doggie wrote:
I bought a bag of 15 lamb bones for the dogs there today for £1.50 - far cheaper than even '99p stores' in Brighton. So try shopping smart, you moaning sod.
On 11 Jun 2011 at 10:37am grumpy trader wrote:
what rent are these stalls paying and to who ,
On 11 Jun 2011 at 11:27am Ed Can Do wrote:
I believe the company that organises the markets is called Common Cause. They rent the various spaces from the council then split the rent between the stall holders as I understand it.
On 11 Jun 2011 at 1:59pm grumpy trader wrote:
lets hope so , i always feel for shops that do wet mondays and cold tuesdays but lose the brisk week end trade , they have rates to pay all week and cant afford to cherry pick when they can afford to sell , heres to all our local independent regular traders well done and thank you
On 11 Jun 2011 at 2:41pm SHS wrote:
The weekly food market is not run by Common Cause - they only do the monthly market in the precinct. The weekly market is run by a social enterprise spin-off from Transition Town Lewes, and I believe it gets a grant because the weekly market is meant to provide low-cost food for people on low incomes.
On 11 Jun 2011 at 3:41pm Mr Forks wrote:
Working well then?!
On 11 Jun 2011 at 4:54pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I didn't realise that, I thought Common Cause did all of it. One wonders then whether anyone from the grant issuing board has taken a turn round the market to assess how well it's fulfilling its remit.
On 11 Jun 2011 at 8:28pm TDA wrote:
Re: greengrocers. I'm not keen on the little Western Rd one. Where is the nearest greengrocers to Lewes that is not in a supermarket, doesn't go on about locally produced, organic, artisan products, and just sells old-fashioned fresh fruit and veg? Brighton?
On 11 Jun 2011 at 10:05pm Annabel wrote:
The Lewes Food Market is run on a not for profit basis, the stallholders pay a lower pitch fee than some other commercially run markets. Thus enabling smaller producers to have an outlet in a town with very high commercial rents. The produce prices charged are often lower than comparable supermarket prices, and I think the quality is usually much better.
On 12 Jun 2011 at 7:36am POULTRY PIRATE wrote:
"£12.50 for a medium chicken"
Was this at the same time that Waitrose and Tesco both had '3 chickens for £10' on offer?
If you're looking for a bargain at the monthly market, the eggs YARGH! big, tasty and cheap!
On 13 Jun 2011 at 8:44am actually angry wrote:
Not keen on the little Western Road one!! Vera works hard to keep the shop open - last real one in Lewes. Provides a wonderful social service - as well as what greengrocers are meant to do. Local people living in the top end of town feel extraordinarily privileged to have shops like Richards, the butcher and Vera's greengrocers.
Both are run by lovely gracious people who care about the community they serve.
Both are reticent about the inevitable damage caused by there now being a weekly market in town. And both are now obviously being damaged by picky hypocrites like TDA...grhhh
These businesses should be supported not criticized.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 10:42am maybe wrote:
Ive tried Vera but unfortunately the Veg isn't that great in my opinion. I would love to use it and do avidly use Richards. Maybe I had a bad batch or two but I was too impressed. Should I try again? was I unlucky?
On 13 Jun 2011 at 4:26pm Annabel wrote:
Re Richards Butchers & the weekly market. They had a stall at the market for the first few months but stopped last October, I'm not sure why.
On 18 Jun 2011 at 9:37pm GIVE IT A CHANCE wrote:
The joy of the food market is you can buy fantastic food there that you wouldn't find in a supermarket anywhere. Also I disagree that its always the expensive option. The eggs there are a good 20p cheaper than supermarkets (more if you take your box back). The cherries on sale there are also half the price of even tesco's with 10 times the flavour and reshness. plus what supermarket can you walk around in and have samples of almost every product on offer??? I tell you if you were in tesco and help yourself to as much as a grape they wouldn't hesitate to call the police and have them slap you with a criminal record!! get back down there 'OMG' have 'swoop' (free sample) or two you might like it...go on try it try it

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