Sunday, 18 April 2010

Poor Markets this Weekend!!

Well Hawick FM was a total non-event on Friday. 7 stalls, 1 was empty. People were walking towards the market, having a look and turning away. No meat, no fish, no veggies, no jams. The organisers are trying very hard to make the market work and have even reduced the stall fees again, but nothing seems to be working, and to top it all, the market is in a bad position.
On to QP FM on Saturday. Same huge number of meat stalls as before, about 15 in total I think, including wholesalers. A producer of top quality pork products was heard to say that 8 stalls were selling bacon. Visitors were not buying much and seem to be more interested in the hot food than the actual produce. This market is needing a big re-think and an injection of new producers selling different produce, not just duplicating what is already there.
Sunday and it was Bothwell, The Cricklewood, FM. What can I say. No one knew the market was on, not even the hotel where it was taking place!! No advertising had been done. About 30 customers came through the gate, most just because they were walking by and saw the stalls. Some of the 6 stallholders left early. Full stall fees were taken. Poor show!!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Busy Weekend Ahead

I've been making up new stock all week and it's going to be a very busy weekend for Jude's Jewels.
Nick and I are going to Hawick Farmers Market today, Friday, then on Saturday I am taking a stall to QP Farmers market in Glasgow, while Nick and Jen go to the Craft Fair at Ocean Terminal in Leith.
On Sunday Nick and I go back to the Craft Fair at Ocean Terminal, while Jen goes to The Cricklewood Farmers market at Bothwell. Just hope the sun shines!!
March and April have been quite slow in the sales department, with some markets being hardly worth doing, while others buck the trend and come up trumps time and time again.
Just keeping going, in the hope that in the next few weeks the public will gain confidance and start really buying again.
Hope all the other producers do well at whatever Farmers Markets theay attend this weeked.