Down-side warning on farmers markets
BRITISH farmers could increase their incomes by following a US trend and set up farmers markets in direct competition to the major supermarket chains.
More than 2,400 farmers markets are registered in the USA and returns from 800 of the biggest topped $1 billion last year, reports The Scotsman.
However, Fordyce Maxwell writes that farmers who are not used to constant surveillance could be in for a shock. They would have to come to terms with regular checks by food safety inspectors and environmental health officers as well as close monitoring from the Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise, police, fire brigade, drugs squad and planning authorities.
- The Scotsman 01/06/98 page 16