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Trouble at the markets?

By johnboy - 21 June 2013 36

The ABC has a strange complaint about the Saturday Farmers Market getting too many punters in which is somehow bad for business:

Beef and lamb producer Phil McCormack, from Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands, says his market sales have fallen by 25 per cent in the last 18 months.

Mr McCormack says the weekly event is no longer a traditional farmers market and management needs to rethink its approach.

“People are sitting around and it’s getting in the road of people who want to just come in and buy and go home,” he said.

“I think we need to get back to the roots of what a genuine farmers market is and it’s genuine farmers.

“They take the elements, they take drought, they take floods, they take fire, they take everything into account, where the people that cook in their houses and do whatever they do in their houses, they don’t take anything like that into account.”

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Trouble at the markets?
Ben_Dover 7:58 am 22 Jun 13

aidan said :

Translation: “Get off my markets!” ?

Farmer Palmer fan?

arescarti42 said :

I find the crowds at the farmers markets to be a total pain in the ass, and now go less frequently than I did previously.

Ditto, though I never go at all now.

lostinbias 12:02 am 22 Jun 13

I might suggest that he loses business because of his “buy your stuff and get out” attitude.

Good customer service goes a long way, bad customer service does too.

DrKoresh 11:00 pm 21 Jun 13

Maybe the punters are just getting confused between the Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Meerkat?

Pork Hunt 9:55 pm 21 Jun 13

sepi said :

too many customers staying too long is a problem most venues would like to have.

they need to spread out a bit – they are at the showgrounds – how can it be too small.

or segregate a bit better – so the nutbag vegie hunters can get in, grab their southern highlands brussels sprouts and get out, without being shocked by the sight of someone in ironed clothing, and those who want to wander and smell the coffee and see what local produce is all about can do so at their leisure.

Or have the vegies start at 5am, and the coffee and cake and pies etc starting at 10.30, and going all day. I might even go to the markets if it was on in the afternoon….

Where does the insanity of mega early starts (5 am) come from? My goodness (or fcuk as others would say)…

sepi 8:53 pm 21 Jun 13

too many customers staying too long is a problem most venues would like to have.

they need to spread out a bit – they are at the showgrounds – how can it be too small.

or segregate a bit better – so the nutbag vegie hunters can get in, grab their southern highlands brussels sprouts and get out, without being shocked by the sight of someone in ironed clothing, and those who want to wander and smell the coffee and see what local produce is all about can do so at their leisure.

Or have the vegies start at 5am, and the coffee and cake and pies etc starting at 10.30, and going all day. I might even go to the markets if it was on in the afternoon….

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:48 pm 21 Jun 13

I go almost every week. It is no hassle to buy anything. Maybe his produce is not up to standards?

fernandof 4:15 pm 21 Jun 13

I’ve been shopping there regularly in the last 2+ years. We’re talking veggies, fruits, meats, breads, cheese, dips and the occasional sweet treat. So yeah, it’s not the hardcore market it used to be when you had to get up at 6am to do your shopping, but it’s still a very good market for fresh produce.

FioBla 4:06 pm 21 Jun 13

He has a beef.

puggy 3:52 pm 21 Jun 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Is he a half wit?

Not completely. I’m one of those people who want to get in, buy my stuff and GTFO and I know exactly the types of people he’s talking about. There are women dressed to the nines at 7:30am, an uncomfortably high number of posers or just gas baggers who clagg up the passages to the stalls doing nothing but exuding “look at moi, look at my organic bagel spinach”. It is, admittedly, part of the charm of the markets, but some people can overdo it.

shirty_bear 3:38 pm 21 Jun 13

towerofsoup said :

So… I shouldn’t go to the markets?

I went to these markets once. *Once*.

The complaint centred around the markets having become more about coffee and cake, than about local fresh-to-market produce. Which, in my experience, is correct. And the coffee-and-cake brigade ain’t buying what produce is there, whilst making it relatively difficult for actual buyers to navigate the joint.

I thought his basic point was a fair one, even if (along with no help from the announcer/interviewer) clumsily put. No surprise, given that he’s a farmer; he only wants to see punters there for farm stuff.
They probably need two markets side by side – one for the farmers and and one for the crowd who want to kid themselves they’re shopping at a farmer’s market while they blankly slurp their coffee.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:06 pm 21 Jun 13

Is he a half wit?

poetix 3:01 pm 21 Jun 13

I thought that a market might have something to do with genuine customers, too. Why shouldn’t people ‘sit around’ if they want to?

Epic whinge.

towerofsoup 2:49 pm 21 Jun 13

So… I shouldn’t go to the markets?

arescarti42 2:47 pm 21 Jun 13

I find the crowds at the farmers markets to be a total pain in the ass, and now go less frequently than I did previously.

I think what they need is to find a bigger venue where they can spread out a bit, or perhaps hold it on both Saturday and Sunday so they can split the crowd a bit.

aidan 2:20 pm 21 Jun 13

Translation: “Get off my markets!” ?

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