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Linden cordial at farmers market

Linden tree cordial from Wild About Food sold at Blackheath Farmers marketVery nice new (to me) addition at the farmers market – Linden Cordial. As well as the Sea Buckthorn fizz that I re-tweeted yesterday, the linden cordial is also lovely. Going to experiment with some gin too, which according to this recipe should work well! £4.50 a bottle, but a little goes a long way.

Photo from their website.

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Farmers Market is on this weekend

According to their facebook page, the market will go ahead this Sunday.

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Ducks and Salad Bags: Farmers Market vs. Sainsbury’s

sainsburys florette salad

Blackheath Farmers market salad = £2.10 = 135g
1.56p per gram
typical life 7 days

Sainsbury’s Florette mixed salad = £1.49 = 200g
0.745p per gram
typical life 3 days

The farmer’s market looks much more expensive, right? Except that how often do you buy a bag of salad from a supermarket, that looks crispy and fresh on the first day, and becomes limp and brown on the second day? An unnamed person at the farmer’s market told me:

We do sell to the supermarkets, but by the time it gets to your fridge, even though it says fresh on the label, it can be 7 days old.

Supermarket salad is kept fresh looking by using a “protective atmosphere” inside the bag. The air in the bag has different levels of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen, to slow the speed at which the bacteria can grow. So after it is opened, it suddenly starts to act its age! Felicity Lawrence’s book Not on the Label is a great place to read more about this.

Also, the salad shown in the top photo lasts the two of us for most of a week. So we can buy the amount that we need, not the amount the supermarket wants to sell. I should point out that I didn’t compare to the cheapest Sainsbury’s salad bag (0.74p per gram), because the taste of the salad isn’t comparable. The one from the farmer’s market tastes amazing, is organic, and lasts a week!

Sainsbury's parsley

Farmer’s Market Flat Leaf Parsley = 170g = £1
0.59p per gram
Lasts 7 days

Sainsbury’s Flat Leaf Parsley = 28g = 79p
2.82p per gram
Lasts 5 days

The parsley is much more of a bargain. We get loads of parsley each week, so Sainsbury’s can’t compete here. The parsley is from the “hello duck” stall. I like them. Nobody calls me duck in a supermarket.

I compared to Sainsbury’s because it’s my nearest supermarket, and it isn’t massively up-market. It’s worth pointing out that other processed foods in the farmer’s market aren’t such a bargain, but staples, veg, and unprocessed foods really can work out much cheaper.

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Review of the Farmers Market

Nice review of the Blackheath Farmers Market here, also picked up by Lonely Planet.

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Blackheath Farmers Market on Easter Sunday

Blackheath Farmers Market

According to the London Farmers Market site, the Easter bunny has not cancelled the Farmers Market:

Easter Weekend
Some farmers and producers may be taking a break but all our markets will be open as usual over Easter.

UPDATE:
Most of the market sellers were there, but not the veg stall nearest the entrance. The milk & yoghurt stall wasn’t there, neither was the butter stall, but there were lots of herb & plant sellers.

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Farmers Market tips

Blackheath Farmers Market tips
Mrs Bugle’s credit friendly, handy tip sheet detailing what to buy where, but with scribbled handwriting replaced! (Seasonal mileage may vary).

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Don’t forget the pancake race!

Pancake Racing at the Blackheath Farmers Market
The weather is a bit grey, but there seem to be loads of people at the Farmers Market, and lots of pancakes to be both eaten and raced!  It starts at 12:20, and they can supply the frying pans… (Although I heard a vicious rumour at the bread shop that they were giving out extra-heavy frying pans to the girls).

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