FARMERS in Co Donegal selling potatoes directly to the public have been accused of damaging their own interests by charging too much for them.
This bag of spuds – weighing 7lbs – cost one donegaldaily.com reader €5!
That’s at least €2 more than the same bag of potatoes – and same variety – can be bought for in most shops.
We are told the spuds were lovely….but seriously over-priced.
And it could put customers off from buying directly from farmers.
“I was driving from Letterkenny out of town along one of the back roads and I saw a sign and thought I’d pull over,” said the reader.
“Like a lot of people I’d rather give my money directly to a local farming family and that cuts out the shops and the middle men, so the family gets the full profit.
“I don’t mind paying the same price as the shops but I always thought it was a good responsible thing to do to give the money directly to farmers.
“But my experiences recently and again this week is putting me off and I’ve talked to friends and family members and they are saying the same. I just think charging €5 for half a stone of spuds is completely unreasonable and all the farmers who do that are doing to their potential customers is putting them off.
“The same thing can happen at some farmer’s market where you can be asked for €4 for half a dozen scones, when they are €1 in Tesco. Again I don’t mind paying a bit more, but not this.
“If farmers and food producers want the support of the community, they need to stop charging these sort of prices. It’s just not sane.”
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