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Ashley Davies: The rural dream of farmers' markets

posted 16 Jul 2015, 16:15 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 16 Jul 2015, 16:26 ]

Farmers’ markets are booming, but why can’t we have more stalls selling basic foodstuffs, wonders Ashley Davies

A Few years ago comedy duo Armstrong and Miller made a very funny sketch about farmers’ markets. It began with a posh man tantalisingly telling a posh woman who’d just been to the supermarket: “I know a place where you can get tomatoes just like that for three times the price.” Impressed and intrigued, she follows him into the ensuing musical number, which lampoons the mustard corduroy-wearing middle classes so dazzled by cynical stallholders who sprinkle muck and feathers on bog-standard produce in order to make it look organic and flog it for a premium.