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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!!!

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JollyPurpleGiant · 07/04/2013 10:15

I love the chutney/pickle from our local company. They sell at markets and I'm quite comfortable with paying extra for it as it is better than anyone else's.

Tortington · 07/04/2013 10:16

i think they shot be shot

they probably wear posh wellies and read the daily mail

farmers market fuckers

stargirl1701 · 07/04/2013 10:22


I think it is important to buy locally produced where possible. It is more expensive than the 'value' range of the supermarket but it should be. I prefer to eat less meat that is more expensive than 'value' burgers or sausages that would appear to be untraceable and full of artificial additives and preservatives.

LadyBeagleEyes · 07/04/2013 10:23

I loved that link with a random Morten Harket.Grin

Softlysoftly · 07/04/2013 10:25

YABU what gin said

VodkaJelly · 07/04/2013 10:27

I went to a farmers market and bought some lovely homemade fudge (fnar fnar!) as I had a craving for it. Ate a little bit, then went to get some more and found a long black hair wrapped round some of the fudge - boak

threw it in the bin and have never been back to a farmers market since

AmberLeaf · 07/04/2013 10:28

Depends where the are and what sort, farmers markets that have real farmers selling at them...yes fine.

The ones with poncey arses selling to other poncey arses...hmm.

You know that 'loud parenting' I think there is also 'loud shopping' too and some people who go to farmers markets practice it.

StephaniePowers · 07/04/2013 10:34

You have to have a bloodhound's nose for farmers' markets. There will always be the eye-wateringly expensive butcher, the novelty jam stall, and the cordials and fruit wines in tall bottles which taste terribly average.

Give them a swerve and buy game for the freezer, meat from the other butcher, one expensive loaf (it is worth £3 once in a while, good bread is sublime) and maybe a hot chocolate. Who cares about bugaboos if the food is good?

usualsuspect · 07/04/2013 10:35

lol at loud shopping.

That's so true.

ValarMorGoolis · 07/04/2013 10:40

Making chilli jam is a piece of piss :)

CheCazzo · 07/04/2013 10:43

I make jams and chutney and lots of other preserves inbetween. I give them away as presents - trying to sell them is a waste of time! I won't compromise on what goes into my stuff so for e.g it costs me around £9 for make 4 jars of lemon curd (incl. brand new jars). Imagine what I'd have to sell that for to make it even halfway worthwhile! If you bought it you'd be delighted - everything's fresh, clean and quality ingredients with nothing unnecessary in it. YABU OP - you want quality, you pay and that goes whether it's a farmer's market or a craft fair stall. My lemon curd v supermarket lemon curd - not even the same product!

Snoopingforsoup · 07/04/2013 10:44

Hahaha - thanks sparkling. Sums it up :D

CheCazzo · 07/04/2013 10:45

I make chilli jelly in autumn from free apples that I gather from the wild park nearby. Delicious and whilst it's not particularly expensive to make it still needs sugar and pretty jars and time. Lots and lots of time!

AThingInYourLife · 07/04/2013 10:48

I want to go to the million Bugaboo market!

It must be enormous :o

flatpackhamster · 07/04/2013 10:56


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!

Butter has doubled in price in 5 years. Eggs are 50% more expensive than they were 5 years ago due to the price of chicken feed. Flour is 25% more expensive than 5 years ago. Sugar is about the same price, but every other component of a good quality cake is expensive. Then there's the time to make them, the cost of the fuel - it all adds up. You can make cakes cheaply, with partially hydrogenated vegetable fats and whey powder and milk powder and high fructose corn syrup, and it'll be a tenth of the price.

£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!!!

I shop at a farmer's market every week. It's more expensive than the supermarket, that's for sure. But I know the people who I buy the food from. I know how the farmers care for their animals. I know where the fish comes from. I know the baker, the couple who run the veg and fruit stalls. I've been down to a couple of the farms to see what their animal welfare is like and to meet the meat. And I know that my food comes from their farms, to me, without any intervening supply chain or multinational.

We could eat much more cheaply, and we'd have more money, but I make the choice to go without some things to have decent local food produced by people who care about it. In ten years there has been a food renaissance. Did you know that we now have more varieties of cheese in this country than they have in France? Kent's sparkling wines are beating the best French champagnes in taste tests. Who do you think is preserving rare breeds? Not industrial food producers, that's for sure. Where did the revival in artisan bread baking come from? Tesco's instore bakery? Pfft.

The quality of our ingredients in the UK is now second to none, and who's done that? Not the supermarkets or Findus or McCain but the farmers and the markets they sell at.

And the only thing that is keeping most of those farmers in business is direct selling. Did you know that the wholesale price of a pig carcass is now less than it costs to rear it? Same goes for lamb. That's thanks to your cheap food and your supermarkets driving the price of produce down, and pushing the small farmers out of business. When you see a 2-for-1 offer at the supermarket, did it occur to you that the person who pays for the free one isn't the supermarket but the supplier?

I've lots more to write about the subject, but this post is already too long.

mrsjay · 07/04/2013 10:58

I love them but they are a total rip off but i buy cheese i love cheese , yes they are lovely to browse round but i couldn't afford to shop there, I like a proper market not the new poncey ones we get now a days Grin


mrsjay · 07/04/2013 11:00

poncey arses selling to poncey arses has just made me Grin

VerySmallSqueak · 07/04/2013 11:00

Never been to one.
Think I'd like to though,just for a little look and wander around even if I can't afford the prices.

mrsjay · 07/04/2013 11:03

I went to a proper farmers market in spain and the prices for things was normal prices or cheaper than a supermarket we don't have anything round here anymore just the poncy once a month market --where i buy expensive cheese-

KatyTheCleaningLady · 07/04/2013 11:06

Exactly what GinonTwoWheels has said.

As a knitter, I often hear people say "You should sell your knitting!"

They have no idea how long it takes to knit something and even paying minimum wage plus materials, a nice jumper would be very expensive.

seriouscakeeater · 07/04/2013 11:09

I love going to them! the one we go to the veg is amazingly cheap! Much cheaper and bigger that supermarket crap! Also its good to support local farms ect

Trills · 07/04/2013 11:11

YABVU to "hate people" because they:
1 - have more money than you
2 - choose to spend their money differently to you

Trills · 07/04/2013 11:15

I did a big online order on Friday but now I feel like I want to go to the farmshop and buy something poncey.

mrsjay · 07/04/2013 11:17

oh go on trills do it you know you want to Grin

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