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Farmers Markets : A massive rip-off?


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Farmers Markets : A massive rip-off?

foreignmuck | Aug 17, 2008 06:11 AM

I've just come home reeling from my local farmer's market in South London.. I don't usually go but I suddenly had an urge to get a pork pie so I went down on my bike.

Now this market (as many are) is in a pretty gentrified part of town, meaning the prices are ridiculous. I thought the famers market movement was meant to cut out the middle man, delivering high quality fresh produce direct to the public.

For example, I bought a couple of sausasges (admittedly fairly big ones), but costing £2.73 - Thats almost $6 for 2 sasuages! I kind of handed over the money without really thinking but afterwards thought - "what sort of mug pays that price for a couple of sausages?" They weren't anything special, and you can buy decent (if not better) quality sausages for half the price in a supermarket or butchers.

The afformentioned pork pie cost £3.50 ($7!) for a small, 150 gram pie. The equivalent premium product in a supermarket cost £1. Now im not doubting that the artisan product in the market is superior to the supermarket version, but is it really worth such a mark up?

My feeling is that there are too many "foodie" suckers out there who are willing to succumb to daylight robbery in order to satisfy their food snob egos..

Anyone else feel the same?

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