Marque of distinction for Isle of Wight

By Sara Bryce

Monday, June 30, 2014

 

Marque of distinction for Isle of Wight

From left Sarah Crawford, Rory Nobes, 13, and Joshua Morris, nine under the judge's scrutiny at the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society County Show. Picture by Laura Holme.

ENVIRONMENT minister Lord de Mauley has backed a scheme to celebrate Isle of Wight

produce.

He spoke in support of Wight Marque at the scheme’s official launch on Saturday at the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Scoiety County Show.

  Wight Marque
 
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) minister said: "It is really exciting to see the interest everybody has in where they live and it's things like the Wight Marque which means people can trust what they're eating."

The County Show also featured livestock showing, equestrian events, a charity pole climb, classic cars, and gundog, falconry and tractor displays.

• For full coverage of the County Show, see Friday's Isle of Wight County Press, July 4.

 

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by George Hollett

1st July 2014, at 17:03:54

I think you can probably apply the old adage - "You get what you pay for".

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by Debbie Hollebon

1st July 2014, at 14:22:49

I find it ironic that a lot of IOW produce is brought by tourists then "shipped" off the island anyway. PS a good source of local fruit and veg is the green grocers in St James St, Newport. In season the produce is at supermarket prices or better.

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by Graeme Egerton

1st July 2014, at 09:15:19

Have to broadly agree with Paul. Would love to support local businesses and be green but compared to supermarket prices, it can seem expensive. That said, supermarkets have a reputation for not always paying top dollar for stuff, much of their produce is grown cheaply abroad and locally grown produce can be better quality: I've bought tomatoes from Spain that are probably grown in massive polytunnels with a soil "substitute" that is similar in content to loft insulation (saw it on telly) and they hardly taste of anything. Perhaps we should consider the Wight Marque in the same way we would Tesco Finest etc, rather than as an everyday product?

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by Paul Cox

1st July 2014, at 00:25:14

Just a scheme for greedy IOW producers to try fleecing the public with grossly overpriced fare. I visited the IOW produce marquee on Saturday and was disgusted at the prices of the produce on offer, many of which were more then ten times the price of supermarket goods. I will only buy local if the price is fair and I haven't found any IOW produce at a reasonable price yet...

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