East Greenwich Farmers Market

I’ve been enjoying the EGFM every Saturday morning – they’ve been going for a month now, and it’s beginning to bed-down a bit. Not all the stalls are there all the time, which means I’ve missed out a couple of times on things I’d hoped to get, but hopefully as the year moves on,  more stalls will open and more people discover it (it’s in Halstow Road School playground, folks – you can get to it either from Halstow or Kemsing Roads )it will begin to really take off. My favourite stall by a long chalk is the Kentish Cheddar – straight from cow to churn (or however they make it) and fabulously strong stuff – pricey but well worth it.

Chris from RGFM tells me they’re looking to expand – and they’re looking for local artisans and foodies to take a stall or two.

I confess I don’t know much about running any kind of stall so I asked a few basics.

Produce does actually have to be locally sourced – but as far as I can tell ‘local’ is a relative concept – there’s a guy selling Isle of Wight garlic for starters (the stuff in jars is v. good.) Chris was a bit coy about revealing the trade secrets of rules and regs but says you can get a pack from City and Country Farmers Markets at info@weareccfm.com.

Stalls cost between £25 and £40. You can sell your allotment surplus, but check that council byelaws allow it – perhaps you can do it for your favourite charity if you’re not allowed to sell-on for ‘profit.’ Also, depending on what you want to produce the Food Safety department of the council might want to inspect your premises, and City and Country Farmers Markets might also want to check it out.

I would love to see more stalls – the more the merrier. Plants, fish, meats, cheese, veg, sweeties, pies, bring ‘em on. Just no more cupcakes, eh, we have more than enough already and I’m trying to lose weight.

4 Comments to “East Greenwich Farmers Market”

  1. Lara says:

    Yay! More Farmer’s Market love!!! :) .

    Thanks Phantom! :) .

    I want the stall that sells balsamic vinegar and olives at Borough Market to come to Greenwich. And this one: http://www.thehamandcheeseco.co.uk/ too. Their saucisson is AMAZING.

  2. Jen says:

    As much as I hate to say it, it’s not a patch on Blackheath. Perhaps some of those stall holders can support on the Saturday? I would love to see it grow and gain support, but the competition from Borough, Broadway etc is so great. Maybe CCFM need to look at what London Farmers Markets have done, They seem to have a good thing going on. Here’s hoping to a stronger future for east Greenwich.

  3. Capability Bowes says:

    What “Farmers Markets” organisers don’t tell you is that they will not let you have a stall there without Public Liability Insurance. You cannot get this “on spec” – it has to be applied for months in advance and covers an entire year at a cost of about £60. You then have to rent a pitch on the day at extra cost from Farmers Markets themselves. This means that its a major financial investment for an individual to take a stall.

    Farmers Markets were very keen to get more stalls at the Eltham one. I tried running a plant stall there but ended up making a loss because all the financial input involved outweighed my profits, even though I was there regularly during the spring and summer. Autumn and winter are obviously bad times to be trying to sell plants, so a whole year’s insurance turned out to be a complete and utter waste of money.

  4. scared of chives says:

    @CB ‘big society’ in action eh?