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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.