to hate people who go to farmers' markets
kittensrockmyworld · 07/04/2013 09:39
I went past a famers market yesterday and the kids were totally sucked in by the cake stall, it was at this point that i had to drag them away due to the prices!
£5 for some chilly Jam & £10 for some pasta. Maybe I'm slightly jealous of people being able to afford it, however it is just plain annoying that people can waste so much money on the stuff!!!
Indith · 07/04/2013 09:47
Depends on the market doesn't it. There are poncy ones that charge a fortune and cater to Waitrose shoppers and there are ones that really are farmers markets that are jut selling their stuff for good prices. Just like there are farm shops that charge a fortune and then there are ones like our farm shop which is the farmer selling his meat from a little shop and is cheap as chips for well reared aberdeen angus and such.
Chandras · 07/04/2013 09:54
I paid £1 for an onion in one of them, I think it is expensive to produce food locally but farmshops are becomming this kind of gourmet shops where everything is expensive, whether that is justified or not. Not all the products they sell are good enough for the price.
Theicingontop · 07/04/2013 09:56
My MIL has one near her, and pays £5 for a couple of slices of ham
When she came to visit she had the shock of her life when she could buy a massive sack of potatoes for the same price, and crate of meat for £30.
Depends where you live/how gullible the local populace are.
GinOnTwoWheels · 07/04/2013 10:13
Farmers markets sometimes look expensive because supermarkets have hugely distorted what we think food should cost.
As other posters have already said, if you cost up what it costs to make good quality cakes etc with real butter and free range eggs at home, they appear to be expensive, compared with cakes from the supermarket. I once made some rocky road for a cake sale at work and worked out that the ingredients to make a small tray of the stuff (chocolate, nuts, dried fruit etc) had cost about £8 to buy, and that was from Aldi.
Add on even minimum wage for time spent if you're doing it as a business and you start to see how FM costs are arrived at.
However, the quality of the farmers markets stuff will be several leagues above most supermarket produce. Next time you're in a supermarket, have a look at the ingredients in manufactured cake and see how many unrecognisable ingredients they are. Most ready meals etc are produced using imported meat, where animal welfare is very poor. And obviously there's the whole horsemeat issue.
I buy meat from farm shops, some is much cheaper than supermarkets, some might be more expensive, but its all locally produced, I know whats in it and that the animals have been treated well and the producers have been paid fairly for their labours. It is unlikely that any of these points apply to most supermarket produce.
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