The Market Place

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local and that’s the same kind of thing.” ~ unknown.

This Wednesday, the midweek challenge over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Farmer’s Markets.

Happiness is Farmer's MarketFarmer’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.

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Wednesday Challenge Farmer’s Market from Weekly Prompts

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41 thoughts on “The Market Place

  1. I have happy memories of when we used to go to Winchester market, when daughter was young. No need for breakfast that day, as she could be relied upon to scavenge her breakfast from all the sample food!

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    1. We still have a massive indoor market in Leeds city centre. My mother loved it so I used to take her every Saturday morning at eight o’clock and we’d shop for the whole week. It’s many years since I visited but I doubt it’s changed much. Thank you for comments, hope all is well with you. 🙂

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      1. Thanks Sue. Winchester was a big Farmers’ Market but you’re right, often you have no idea who the vendor is. It is years since we went there – it is a nice idea but we always ended up going to the supermarket as well. Salisbury has a few local food stalls but is mostly just generic. The food tends to be very high quality, but also very expensive. You kinda feel like you’ve just been to Fortnum and Masons! I’m okay, hope you’re keeping busy.

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      2. Markets used to be the cheapest place to buy good quality meat and greengrocery.

        Harrogate holds an international one a few times a year, that is worth a visit, easily pick up lunch there!

        All is well here, thank you. I haven’t been anywhere yet except for walking up and down our lane and a medical appointment. I suppose I ought to make the effort, but right now there’s nothing I need.
        I usually meet up for lunch with friends once a month but that would mean we’d be mixing half a dozen households which obviously we can’t do. 🙂

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      3. Yeah I wouldn’t be comfortable with that many either, although I’m trying to get hold of some local data. My gut feel is that there is hardly any virus locally, but I want to see numbers to back that up. We happened to go into Salisbury yesterday and saw that the market was on, but we didn’t go. We’re very much going in to a specific shop, getting what we want, then driving out. I’m rural too so I’ve always felt I could go walking, no problem.

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  2. I think we all enjoy our ‘Farmer’s Markets’ Sue… although here they closed during ‘Lockdown’
    I enjoyed clicking onto all of your pic’s , especially the ones from York…. the Mulled Wine store and ‘That Fudge Guy’ would definitely be fav’s of my too…. hic’ ..just as well you are driving us home…… 🍷🤎🌏

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    1. I’ve not been anywhere to find out, but I imagine our markets are open again now, especially the outdoor ones where the risk is minimised.

      Yes, my friend Maureen told me that your part of Australia is still locked down, whereas in Perth where she is they are finding life is slowly returning to normal. Thank you Ivor. 🙂

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      1. Because infections were rising again in places one city has gone back into lockdown with one small town on the edge. At the moment the government is applying extra rules to the areas where the infections are rising again.
        We can’t go back to how it was before the virus so If people would only realise this and follow the rules we’d be able to contain it and prevent further lockdowns.
        I hope your infection rate goes down soon Ivor, take care. 🙂

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  3. There used to be a French market up in the Midlands we would visit when they came. I used to love their cheeses. Since lockdown and living in Wales, so many people have turned to growing their own. I had some spring onions last week from a near neighbour and they were delicious. Back in the Midlands, there’s usually a German market at Christmas in Birmingham. I think the emphasis was more on beer and bratwurst than anything else. 😊

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    1. There’s a German Market in Leeds city centre at Christmas. The Christmas atmosphere is wonderful but that aside apart from enjoying a snack from the odd hot food stall it’s not really worth the visit and everything is overpriced, though I believe I’m probably the odd one out because it tends to get very busy. Thank you, Trev.

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      1. I think I’m probably getting ‘curmudgeonly’, Sue, in my old age regards the German Markets, but it does annoy me how expensive it gets because it’s Christmas. 😊

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      2. I am exactly the same Trev. There are usually Christmas ornaments on sale but although they are just as expensive they are nothing like the quality of the ones for sale in the German Christmas Shop on Stonegate in York. If you ever get to York, you should pay it a visit. Thanks Trev.

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  4. Oh! thank you for taking us along with you via photos! What wonderful markets and sellers! 🙂 They seem to have all the bestest things for sale! 🙂
    Ooh! That Fudge Guy looks so sweet! 😉 🙂

    I love the markets and booths we have in the spring and summer and sometimes in autumn. So much to see. So many wonderful foods to buy. 🙂 And whether it’s stores, markets, booths, restaurants, etc…we like to support the local owners and vendors. We want to keep them in business.

    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. Oh, I agree with you it’s so much better to support and buy locally.
      Down in Otley where Sophie lives (8 minutes away), there is a Friday outdoor market, some of the stallholders have been trading there since I moved here 44 years ago. The young lad on the fruit and veg stall having taken over from his dad is now nearing retirement, just like the lady on the cakes and cookies stall.
      Thank you very much, Carolyn 🙂

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  5. Murphy's Law

    We have farmers markets here, some quite nice, some yucky! We also have a lot of “vegetable stands” that pop up along the roadside. One in particular is across the road from our supermarket. The man who runs it always has the most gorgeous tomatoes……but he always looks dirty and has a cigar in his mouth continuously! Nope! I go to the supermarket.

    Sadly, like in the UK, the really fine farmers markets are quite expensive.

    According to news here, Covid numbers are rising again in the UK, so please continue to be vigilant about staying safe. What is going on here in the US is appalling. I just don’t understand the mindset of these people who have no regard for their own health let alone anyone else’s.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. It cost me a fortune buying cheese and olives to bring home from the Greek stall and I doubt I could have tasted any difference from those purchased at the supermarket!

      One city is back on lockdown and one small town teetering on the edge. Both places have large South Asian communities and their practice of extended households living under one roof is said to be the cause, there are also some language difficulties. Bradford, a city close to here also has the same demographics, the numbers there are being carefully observed.

      Just as you think it might be safe to go out into the water…

      You take care of yourself, Ginger and thank you. 🙂

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  6. For several years now we had a huge farmer’s market downtown every Saturday. It was wonderful! Sadly, since COVID, it has been closed. I feel bad for all those farmer’s who trucked in their wonderful fruits/veggies every weekend. I hope they are doing well. Moreover, I hope we do get to see them soon!

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    1. I fear many of the small traders will go out of business and that is so sad.

      I think our outdoor street markets are open again but often the farmer’s markets are held indoors in village halls so they’re unlikely to be open yet.
      Thank you, Lois

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  7. gc

    Loved the post Susan. I would have stopped at the fudge display and the wine sampler as well. At the venues up this way a mall “representative” sets up the tables and the booths and the exhibitors pay him a fee. More than farm products are offered here as well. Clothing, vacation planning, home decorating and a number of other non agricultural items are exhibited. In many instances the “farmers” become the lower person on the proverbial totem pole.

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    1. I’m glad you liked my response, you chose a good challenge.
      Sounds like our ‘Farmer’s markets are nearer to the real thing than yours, and I know that like me, you also you prefer the real McCoy. Fudge stall – right up your street with your sweet tooth, but I didn’t notice if anyone was selling rum! 😀
      Thank you, Gerry 🙂

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      1. gc

        Unfortunately this is an alcohol free market except for the alcohol sanitizer you can place on your hands . Ironical isn’t it? 🙂

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