In Bongabon town, Nueva Ecija province, onion growers also complained that imported onions had displaced local produce from the market and that the week's farm-gate sales
had left poor farmers even poorer.
"I attend quite a few farmers' markets and food festivals at Llangollen, Mold and Conwy, but these provide limited sales, so I'm working very hard to get farm-gate sales
, and hope to start that side of things this autumn," said Steve.
We sell through butchers and wholesalers and farm-gate sales
, plus a company sells them on the internet for us."
When it comes to supporting farmers, the sustainable food movement could do better than simply tout farm markets and farm-gate sales
. Another major problem with this approach (in addition to the issue of efficiencies) is that it ignores the fact that most of us still get the majority of our food from supermarkets and restaurants.
There are around 100 wine producers, many of whom rely on farm-gate sales
, but there are another 200 or so farmers who grow grapes and sell them on to bigger estates.