“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local and that’s the same kind of thing.” ~ unknown.
Farmer’s Markets are usually popular events, attracting queues of potential customers and all hoping for a taste of something fresh from the farm, but are these markets what they seem?
Is the foodstuff produced locally and is it sold by the actual farmer?
The Farmer’s Market in my village usually has a mixture of stallholders, some are run by genuine farmers, others are not.
It could be argued that as all food products are produced by farmers it’s of no consequence that a middleman is setting up stall under the farmer’s banner.
So, would that mean that the supermarket is a Farmer’s Market?
The Yorkshire supermarket Morrison’s has stores in just about every town and city in the UK. Inside the store is an area known as The Market Place, and as with all supermarkets, it sells greengrocery, poultry, fresh meat and fish, but unlike most other supermarkets, Morrison’s has its own farms and many products can genuinely boast ‘Home Grown and Grown Locally.’
Weekly street markets are hugely popular in the UK, and because I don’t have any photographs of the Farmer’s Market here in the village, I’m showing images of street markets that I may have featured before.
Daughter Sophie and I sometimes visit Skipton Market approximately a thirty-five-minute drive from here. On one occasion we enjoyed the delights of the Greek stall, but for some reason, my photograph focuses upon the Greek stallholder and the selection of olives, and not on the magnificent Greek cheeses that were produced here in Yorkshire on the stallholder’s farm. Click an image to enlarge.
Technically, and more to the point in Europe, you can’t call the cheeses Greek if they weren’t made in Greece, but seeing as the very nice stallholder allowed us a tasting session, I think I can be forgiven! The owner of the fruit stall next door was also very generous with the tasters; all we needed was a bread stall and we’d have had a free lunch!
York is also a place I visit often, sometimes with Sophie and on other occasions with son Joss. The following photographs were taken on a cold December day immediately before Christmas.
The Fudge stall was well worth the visit, the stallholder here makes all the confectionary himself. Sophie also enjoyed sampling the Mulled Wine and the Dry Yorkshire Gin; I was driving and unfortunately, I missed out on those treats.
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